Next week I’ll be in Morocco visiting Marrakech, the Atlas Mountains, Skoura and Ouarzazate, and other places. Does anyone have suggestions on where to go? I’m especially looking to visit interesting villages in the Atlas mountains or any points of interest in the general Marrakech area as I’ll be using it as a base for the last two days of the trip.

 

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  1. Taj

    December 12, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    The coastal fortress city of Essaouira, if you have the time. Breakfast on the rooftop terrace of Riad Alech.

  2. Diane

    December 12, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    We loved Riad Dar One in Marrakech (http://www.riad-dar-one.com/) – very convenient and Jean and his staff will take good care of you. The night market is a trip! Out in the desert, Merzouga was beautiful and nothing like riding a camel under the stars to watch the sun rise over those dunes – we spent a night at the Kasbah Mohayut because it was too windy to stay in the tents. We also had fun running around the Atlas film studio at Ourzazate on our own. Xaluca Dades is in the village of Boumalne between Erfoud and Ouarzazate 1 mile from El Kelaa Des M’gouna, the “Capital of Roses”. The Imlil Valley was gorgeous – home of the Berbers and Jbel Toubkal the highest peak in North Africa about 40 miles away from Marrakech. We had a great lunch at Kasbah Toubkal there. Enjoy!

  3. Shar

    December 12, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    I went a few months ago. You must go to the hippy beach town of Essauoira. You’ll see some amazing Moroccan surfers with tan skin and blond hair. Stay at Auberge Tangaro. In Marrakech I hired a tour guide, Adil of 4×4 camels for the day. He took me to the Atlas Mountains for the whole day, it was pretty special. Gives you time to take pics etc. i stayed at Riad Madani… ultra chic, best art collection and books. have fun!

    • juanita

      December 13, 2013 at 5:56 pm

      You are so right – Auberge Tangaro is simply divine!

      • Doug

        December 18, 2013 at 12:38 pm

        Could not agree more- Essauroira was amazing. Imlil was cool too, though I was the sickest there that I’ve ever been while traveling…

  4. Louise

    December 12, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    Essaouira, a beautiful coastal town with an amazing fishing culture. Game of Thrones also shoots there. And Chefchaouen, an amazing town in the mountains with gorgeous white and blue architecture. So jealous Morocco is truly inspiring.

  5. Ella Georgio

    December 12, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    Contact BoutiqueSouk, fantastic concierge service based in Marrakech that can help you find some incredibly beautiful and trendy places to see and stay.

  6. Casey

    December 12, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    If you’re going to Skoura, check out the Dades Gorge. So dramatic. Todra Gorge as well.

  7. jill

    December 12, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    I was in Morocco 2 years ago for 2 weeks at Christmas thru the New Year. It was wonderful, perfect weather, and filled with people from all over the world on holiday. I am not a professional photographer but when I look back to my pictures, all 1200 of them, they are beautiful because this country is very special and really so interesting! Here are a couple of suggestions:

    You should stay in Marrakech at Villa des Orangers, a Relais and Chateaux, on Rue Sidi Mimoun, (lunch by the pool and dinner in a private room is very romantic) and of course you will visit the Majorelle Gardens.

    When you travel into the mountains, you should stay at Kasbah Tamadot, a Branson property. it is very special and the setting is spectacular, and have the carrot cake!

    The Ouarzazate Kasbah is picturesque on a sunny clear day, inside and out. Look for all the storks.

    May I also suggest a trip to the town of Essaouira on the coast. If you go, stay at Riad Chbanate. Eat the local seafood and take a walk to the harbor.

    Buy lots of organic argon oil for skin and hair.

    I had the best driver and tour guides if you want their names privately, I will be happy to share.

    • paula

      December 15, 2013 at 3:16 am

      I’m going to Morocco this coming Spring with my husband. If you could share the driver info and tour guides, it would be appreciated. You can email me directly at paulabatali@hotmail.com

      Thank you in advance!

      Regards,
      Paula

  8. Amanda

    December 12, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    Aremd is a nice village not too far from Marrakesh and they have beautiful handwoven Berber rugs for a lot cheaper than in the city. There are many hikes around that area that you can take to other villages or places of interest. Imlil is a nearby town with provisions. Oh, and don’t pass up any opportunity to go to a village hammam, they are quite an experience!

  9. E.E.F.

    December 12, 2013 at 10:45 pm

  10. E.E.F.

    December 12, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    Are you familiar with Maryam Montague’s blog & books?

    http://moroccanmaryam.typepad.com/my_marrakesh/

    She certainly knows the area…

    • Big M

      December 13, 2013 at 1:01 pm

      Ditto on that! Maryam’s blog won “Best African Blog” and I start each day (after The Sartorialist and Garance’s blogs) looking to see what’s new in Marrakech.

  11. Monica

    December 12, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    Last summer I went to Sawadi, a unique hotel deep in the Atlas Mountains. They grow all their food on their land, it’s so peaceful and everyone who works there is spectacular. Hope you speak French because getting there from Ouarzazate was definitely an adventure I’ll never forget.

    Enjoy! (and your blog, and girlfriend’s blog, rock, btw).

  12. UrbanJungleFashion

    December 12, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    Wow! I can’t wait to see your work from North Africa. Morocco is just a beautiful place and I can’t wait until I have the funds and the time to visit!

    http://urbanjunglefashion.wordpress.com

  13. Wayde

    December 12, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    Amazing. Sorry; I’ve never been to Morocco (unfortunately) so I can’t advise you on where to go but I’d like to wish you all the best on your trip and I can’t wait to see your photos. -Good Luck!

  14. Rachelle

    December 13, 2013 at 12:11 am

    Lucky you, cannot wait to see all the lovely pics.

    xo
    http://pinksole.com

  15. Mumbai

    December 13, 2013 at 12:45 am

    there is no need for special suggestions. Just start walking ..every place is so adventurous and enchanting. But one city you should not miss is Fez. I can also recommend Essouria on the Atlantic coast. Have a wonderful trip.

  16. easyrider

    December 13, 2013 at 1:07 am

    It’s far from Marrakech, but unique blue village called Chefchaouen.

    Not far from Marrakech:
    “Paradise Valley”, “Ouzoud Falls”, a lot of interesting villages on the way from Marrakech to Sahara Desert.

  17. mariel

    December 13, 2013 at 1:28 am

    I’ve only been to Tangers. Wouldn’t recommend it. I’ve heard fabulous things about Marrakech though – enjoy!

  18. John.Jayo@eu.dodea.edu

    December 13, 2013 at 1:48 am

    Check out Assilah – on the coast about 45 minutes south of Tangier – great little village with a couple of cool art galleries. If you are in Tangier have a cafe outside at the Cafe Paris – great people watching!

  19. Laura

    December 13, 2013 at 2:02 am

    I remember this photo from your book, and I love it! Can’t wait to see the beautiful photos you’re going to do!

    http://www.laurablogmode.com

  20. Mafalda

    December 13, 2013 at 2:59 am

    You’re very lucky, I’ve never been to Morocco, but I would love to go to the Atlas mountains, it’s one of my dreams.
    Mafalda ❤
    http://www.mafaldadotzero.blogspot.fr

  21. Nina

    December 13, 2013 at 3:01 am

    Hi, I was in Morocco twice and in Atlas several years ago with the same purpose. Found some great berbere villages. I would recommend to consult Mohamed, an excellent local guide, specialized for Atlas trek (nomade.berbere@hotmail.com), located in the Valee de Roses.
    Have a nice inspiring stay in Morocco, Nina

  22. marie-alixe

    December 13, 2013 at 3:05 am

    You should go to Chef Chaouen . It is a village at the beginning of the atlas not far from Tanger. It is amazing, it is also called the blue village as every buildings are blue …

  23. great trip

    December 13, 2013 at 3:07 am

    do not miss eshaouira

  24. kiki

    December 13, 2013 at 3:08 am

    don’t miss eshaouira

  25. Lulu

    December 13, 2013 at 3:35 am

    Some years ago I went to Agadir, a little place near the ocean. So turistic, but very very beautiful!
    Enjoy your trip!!
    Life, Laugh, Love And Lulu!!
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  26. Miryem

    December 13, 2013 at 3:37 am

    Hello Scott,

    I can share with you two different kinds of contact :
    - middle class marrakchi family (my aunt and Uncle, helpfull and serene 60 years old people). If you are interested, let me know and I will check with them if they are ok (they do not speak english)
    - or a recently installed french friend with local contacts (http://lavillakacy.com).
    Bslama (bye in morrocan :) )
    M.

  27. Miryem

    December 13, 2013 at 3:41 am

    Hello again Scott,
    if you are in the area, I strongly recommend you visit Essaouira. It has become very touristic but I love this city anyway. The Essaouirin people are in my opinion the sweetest morrocan :)

  28. RĂ©mi COLIN

    December 13, 2013 at 3:51 am

    Hello,
    If you haven’t been there yet, I would advise you to take a 4WD and a chauffeur and go the OURIKA Valley.
    It’s only 30 km away from Marrakech, but still quite preserved for the big city,, a nice postcard of real Morocco! Preserved nature, mix of different landscapes, wonderful colours!
    you can have a break for lunch or a night at this place : KSAR SHAMA
    http://www.ksarshama.com/index2.html
    It’s a good point to start hiking in the TOubkal Park…
    Have a good trip in Morroco Inchallah!

  29. Adjila

    December 13, 2013 at 4:01 am

    Hi, I’m actually living in Marrakech, and I recommend you to visit “The Barage”, it is outside the city (about 30 min away), the road is really beautifull… and you can stop there at “Amagouss Restaurant” which is really typicall and nice, it’s a peacefull place I use to go with my husband to escape the “chaos” of the city; then, “in” the city, of course Jemaa El Fna and the Medina (you’ll find a lot of surprising treasure visiting it, stop there at the Cafe “Le Jardin” (it’s in a very nice riad), you should also have a tour of marrakech in carriage, it’s really cool, speacially at night, I think.
    You also shold go to “Ourika” road and place, in the nature, you’ll see the most beautifull traditional village ever.

    Have a good trip, and if you need anything there…

  30. Mani

    December 13, 2013 at 4:08 am

    you should check out Beldi in the Souk.. French training, great tailor great stuff

  31. Caroletta

    December 13, 2013 at 4:35 am

    Taroudan is beautiful place. Enjoy your stay in Morocco.

  32. It's About L.A

    December 13, 2013 at 4:37 am

    This pictures have such a good emotion, love it!

  33. Leo Moore

    December 13, 2013 at 4:38 am

    There’s an eco-hotel in the desert near Marrakech called La Pause that my wife and I visited three years ago. It was wonderful – a very calm and peaceful place in an area of spectacular natural beauty http://www.lapause-marrakech.com/en/accueil.php#

  34. Btissame Haouzi

    December 13, 2013 at 4:43 am

    Hi,

    We are the founders of Chic Morocco, a blog about the city of Fès and Morocco in general. We talk about people and places with a story to tell.

    We would love to have you visit Fès so we can introduce you the Chic Travel done by us.

    Please, feel free to check our website: http://www.chicmorocco.com. You can email us at chicmorocco@hotmail.com for more info

    Best,

    Btissame Haouzi & Maria Fabon

  35. Louis Vanth

    December 13, 2013 at 5:03 am

    You should certainly visit one of the many tanneries in Marrakech, the process of creating leather goods is fascinating. Moroccans are also known for their world renowned tapestry.

    regards

  36. Michael

    December 13, 2013 at 5:04 am

    Obviously the Medina in Marrakech. It is fascinating with a delight around every corner. I read somewhere that parts of it have not changed much since Biblical times.Take a compass too – it helped me enormously.If it is still there, Restaurant Le Foundouk at 55 Souk Hal fassi in the Medina was extraordinary, like being in a movie . . .

  37. Mihai Vladan

    December 13, 2013 at 5:05 am

    Kasbah du Toubkal ( http://www.kasbahdutoubkal.com/ ) was one of the greatest places I’ve visited . The view is simply stunning if the skies are clear.

  38. SweetFreckles

    December 13, 2013 at 5:14 am

    Amazing trip ! But you can ought to visit Canary Island ! Enjoy it !

    http://www.sweet-freckles.com

  39. Rajaa

    December 13, 2013 at 5:19 am

    You should visit Lalla Takerkoust lake near Marrakech if you haven’t already!

  40. Luca

    December 13, 2013 at 5:21 am

    A few years ago, I visited the oasis of Fint, a really beautiful place, out of this world. It’s not the atlas, but not that far away from Ouarzazate.

  41. Andrew

    December 13, 2013 at 5:23 am

    Essaouira.

    I’m sure lots of people will suggest this. Only been a couple of times so don’t know any great secret places. Have a great trip.

  42. LesFleurs

    December 13, 2013 at 5:32 am

    I shall be there too, always take Christmas in Marrakech. You seen to have most things covered. If you’re travelling to Ouarzazate (site of a major film studio, keep an eye out for lounging actors, lots of movies made there, not the most exciting town), you’ll be passing through the Atlas anyway so your driver can take you to villages (in fact, just hire a local driver for the day and see where he takes you, it’s the best way to find “happy accidents” on the village front), and you’ll be passing Ait Benhaddou, one of the more famous Kasbahs, along the way. There’s a pretty established route for sights, Mount Toubkal is also attractive at this time of year with its snow and Kasbah. Many of the villages are quite remote and rural so if you want to find character then it’s there but be aware they may not be used to visitors. Wander in the northern and southern part of the Medina in Marrakech, there’s still a lot of local life there. The Mellah, in the south, is robustly Marrakchi and a little rough in places. There’s more than enough in Marrakech to occupy you, doesn’t matter how popular the place is, it retains its character, and anything you create will be new because it’s your view. One important tip; it’s hot in the sun but very cold in the shade at this time of year. Oh! If you keep an eye out on the first turning on the right which takes you into Rahba Kedma in the souk, there’s another turning on the right which takes you to a small square where local women sell their goods to locals, it’s the old slave market and where the magic and Gris-Gris vendors trade. Beware Aisha Qandisha and the cpus-cous of there dead!

  43. Elisabeth

    December 13, 2013 at 5:49 am

    Love those typical moroccan handmade shoes, people are wearing while working on the field. Try to get them, you will be astonished. + go to tunisia.. mateur area – incredible!

  44. Reptilia

    December 13, 2013 at 6:00 am

    Beautiful photo! Love that blue sky!

    http://www.justreptilia.com

    xx

  45. Denisa

    December 13, 2013 at 6:16 am

    Very nice pic.
    xx
    http://www.fashiondenis.com/

  46. Barbara

    December 13, 2013 at 6:37 am

    Hi Sart

    If crossing the Atlas by the “Tizi n’Tichka”, try to take the side-roads (leading off the main road), they might get you to those small Berber villages you’re looking for.
    Have a good trip, enjoy!

  47. Francisco

    December 13, 2013 at 6:47 am

    Chefchaouen is beautiful. Great souk.

  48. Xavi

    December 13, 2013 at 6:52 am

    Do not miss Essaouira, the most beautiful village in Morocco. It’s in the seaside, not far away from Marrakech. I’ve been there last summer and it’s amazing. I think you could take great pictures there…

  49. Nolwenn

    December 13, 2013 at 7:10 am

    “Dar Ahlam “, vallĂ©e de Skoura.
    You should take a break in “dar ahlam”, time for a lunch, dinner or night … their guides will take you to discover the inhabitants of the oasis … out of time, out of the world …poetic and magical interlude!

  50. Tolo Arrom

    December 13, 2013 at 7:57 am

    Hi,
    I’ve just arrived from Marrakech, so a lovely and amazing place. I’ve been in Orika Valley , in the way to Atlas Mountains and there’re a lot of great and special roadshops to buy – like me!!!! – wondefull carpets.

  51. Ambre

    December 13, 2013 at 8:04 am

    The Ouzoud waterfalls
    Dadès gorges
    Moulay Idriss (very beautiful) and next to it the site of Volubilis

  52. Judith A. Ross

    December 13, 2013 at 8:14 am

    I forwarded the link to this post on to my son. He is living near Ouarzazate where he works as a Peace Corps volunteer. Perhaps he’ll write you with some suggestions. When we visited his town with him, we sat and ate with real people. Didn’t see the inside of a single restaurant. It was the most amazing travel experience one could have.

  53. Christine

    December 13, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Essaouira from Marrakesh and I can’t imagine visiting Morocco without Fes and Chefchaouen: always worth the trek.

  54. Anna

    December 13, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Hi, I’m polish interior designer traveling by interiors :) I was in Marocco last spring. This is my blog
    http://letsgoinside.wordpress.com/category/maroko/.
    You can find some places not typical for tourists:).
    On my top of list: night on Sahara with Blue Men, in the Atlas mountain Happy Valley (place for sleeping there http://www.origins-lodge.com ).
    Good luck!!

  55. fuchsia

    December 13, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Not to be missed is the ancient city of FEZ. Walking around the medina (walled inner city) and seeing anything from a barber shop to a bakery makes you feel like you are in biblical times. Mode of transport inside the medina is walking or donkey on narrow corridors that
    meander like a maze.

    Absolutely unforgettable!

  56. Andrea

    December 13, 2013 at 9:56 am

    http://www.responsibletravel.com/accommodation/81/kasbah-du-toubkal-in-the-atlas-mountains?gclid=CK6yzv65rbsCFTJp7AodJkQAnQ

    You must go here. The best part if a wonderful trip. You can hike or rake a donkey up and get a cup if mint tea or you can stay there. You must at least go up for tea. It is unique. We stayed at the hotel de orange in marrakesh and loved it.

  57. Andrea

    December 13, 2013 at 10:14 am

    http://www.responsibletravel.com/accommodation/81/kasbah-du-toubkal-in-the-atlas-mountains?gclid=CK6yzv65rbsCFTJp7AodJkQAnQ

    You must go here. If you don’t want to stay here, take a donkey or hike up and have a pot of mint tea. It was the most memorable moment of a fabulous trip.

    We stayed at the hotel de lorange in marakeesh and lived it.

  58. melissa

    December 13, 2013 at 10:33 am

    We went this past summer, and stayed at all the nice places, Dar Ahlam etc. But in Marrakech, I highly suggest eating in the main square. Perhaps you have already, my husband is the found of Cook’s Illustrated, and after all the fancy food, our favorite meal was the lamb or beef kofte in Jamaa el Fna. The chaos, the families, the whole thing is the best. And we loved it. Love your work and Garance’s, thank you!
    xm

  59. Sunny Side

    December 13, 2013 at 10:37 am

    http://stephanie-ledoux.blogspot.fr/Have a look on her website specially on 24/25 november. She was in Haut Atlas ans she gives very precious informations. She used to travel and draw people she meets. it’s one very bright human being, I love her blog. Garance will translate to you. Have a huge holydays together !

  60. Anna

    December 13, 2013 at 10:51 am

    I lived in Morocco for a year and there are so many places I would recommend -there is a great variety of destinations within the country.

    Obviously, +1 for Essaouira, also Sidi Ifni further in the South is great for surf and boarding. Chefchaouen is a charming small town in the North.

    Most tourists dismiss Casablanca, which is a pity, because the city has a great nightlife, some good restaurants and fascinating art déco -architecture. Enjoy, b’sahha!

  61. justray

    December 13, 2013 at 11:12 am

    The last time I was in Morocco, I had camel for lunch; they didn’t tell me until later. Didn’t have time to visit all, but I did visit Tangier, Fez, and Rabat. The Medina, in Fez, was incredible. Always eat where the locals eat. Many local pastelerias, and French influenced bakeries. A great place. Enjoy your time.

  62. Martin

    December 13, 2013 at 11:42 am

    In Marrakesh, Jardin Marjorelle. An obvious choice, and you’ve probably been there already, but on the off chance that you haven’t, you should go, definitely.

  63. Gilles

    December 13, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    Climb mgoun!

  64. andreavytlacilova

    December 13, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    I love the light in it! So magical! :)

    ANDREA VYTLACILOVA blog

  65. Terry

    December 13, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    CONTACT : STILL-IMAGES.NET / Best photo agency in Morocco they can direct you for the ins and outs of shooting images in Morocco, and have shot in all the best locations from the north to the south. The Agency is located in Marrakech.

  66. carolina

    December 13, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    Hi,

    Marrakesh: go to Jardin Majorelle (YSL would visiti often… nice story behind that).
    Essouira: must see fortress and eat at CHEZ SAM (the fish is exquisite, they have great white wines for a country does that not drink and the prices are very affordable.
    FEZ & Meknes: fez is by far one of the most ancient medinas. Known for their leather. Meknes the palace is beautiful (half day trip from Fez)
    Chefchaouen: if you can make it to that city. I was not able to and really regret it.

    Hope you have a great time!

  67. NASSIM

    December 13, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    KHENIFRA and his region !

  68. Kellin

    December 13, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    Marrakech is a wonderful city. Djemaa el Fna is one of the most outstanding places that I have been. I am unsure of what it is like in the winter, but during the heat of summer the nights are a party for the whole family! The freshly squeezed orange juice is a must. In other parts of the maze that is the Medina, I recommend the Medersa and of course the souks. I love walking the very narrow streets outside of the square, motorbikes whizzing by, just to get lost. The tannery is fascinating, but they are very persuasive with your money.

    If you are able to get into the mountains, the Berber village of Aremd is lovely. Very laid back, but hard working people. And so nice!! You can trek up to Aremd from Imlil, which has a great female cooperative that produces argan oil products (great skin care and edibles!) Once in Aremd, there is excellent access to hikes to all parts of the High Atlas Mountians. There is a fabulous family-run gĂ®te in Aremd, adjacent to a rug shop, that will fill you up with tasty Moroccan meals. Glorious! Have fun on your trip. I can’t wait to see photos!

  69. Matt

    December 13, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    Yes , La Villa Kacy it’s si Nice and beautiful
    Enjoy…

  70. E.E.F.

    December 13, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Jules Landsman’s excellent travel blog has posts from 9/23/11 through 11/6/11 beautifully covering the whole area. Here’s a link to Day 1 of his explorations:

    http://juleslandsman.wordpress.com/author/juleslandsman/page/7/

  71. Javier

    December 13, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    Stroll around the kasbah in Marrakech, enjoy the bellydancing at “Comptoir Darna”,visit the gardens at the Mamounia hotel,where you can find olive trees 500 years old and don’t miss the suq.I would suggest you visit Fès and Tangiers as well.Check out a shop called “Les mystères de Fès”.I’ve never seen anything alike.Likewise, try to get a room in “Dar Victoria” in Fès,and ask the gentle French lady who manages it to explain to you the story of the sufi patio of the place. Tangiers is something else.Decadent,criminal,but amazing and beautiful.

  72. fashionsphinx

    December 13, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    In Marrakech check out the fabulous portrait photographer Hassan Hajjaj here : http://www.fashionsphinx.com/its-cold-and-grey-outside-hassan-hajjajs-rockstar-portraits-will-cheer-you-up/

    and be very careful when driving in Morocco, I did 2.000 Moroccan km in a week , a few years ago….nearly died of stress, that is the equivalent to 4000 km anywhere else ….

    the buses and trucks take up the whole road , there are animals and people crossing everywhere and the drive up the Atlas mountains with the hair rising bends and cliffs on the narrow roads……i cannot stress enough how hard and exhausting it is.

    make sure you go for a good car rental, even paying more, and rent a safe car with good brakes…there are hardly any automatic cars for rent , they will be manual .

    safe travels

  73. Lou

    December 13, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    In Marrakesh have a cake and tea (mint tea is superb) in Patisserie des Princes and in the Atlas buy a Beni Ourain carpet.

  74. Anas

    December 13, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    Hi,
    I’m a Moroccan, living in Paris, I recommend you to visit “Oulmess village” in the south of Marrakesh and “setti fatma village” two beautiful spots, also if you go deep south, try “tafraout” near by tiznit in the gates of the sahara, very cool place; i read the comments on the post and they are all good places.

    looking forward to see your work from my home country,

    Good trip, and don’t forget to say “Salam” (hi! in Moroccan ;) )

    Anas

  75. J. Knight

    December 13, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    I recommend that you look up Imilchil (High Atlas) for traditional Berber attire, Figuig (near Algeria) for oasis, around Tinghir, Chefchaouen (North) for pleasant white washed/blue housing, Souss Massa Draa region (South) such as Ait Benhaddou for sand castles or around Zagora. Just know that the further out you go, you will need a translator that speaks Tashelhit not just Darija.

  76. juanita

    December 13, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    http://www.laroseraiehotel.com/
    This is where a lot of people stay in the Atlas. It’s super comfy and 5 star etc. We stayed in the ‘Sanglier qui fume’ which is literally next door and a bit (or maybe a lot?!) more bohemian. Great retro decoration and slightly battered and they was a living breathing sanglier in a pen in the garden making a huge amount of noise! I’m not sure that coming from NYC, you would find it very comfy (or warm!!). Essaouira is very, very damp at this time of year and especially at night. When I say very, I mean very! It’s famous for that so if you stay there take a hot water bottle and you will thank me for ever. bon voyage! x

  77. Heather

    December 13, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    Ait Benhaddou is stunning and a few nights camping in the Sahara to capture the incredible sunrises over the dunes is a must!

  78. milex

    December 13, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    YES for the diffrend. Yes for the acceptance.
    http://milexblog.blogspot.co.uk

  79. Starr

    December 13, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    “Now you say Morocco and that makes me smile. I haven’t seen Morocco in a long, long while.”
    Anyone?

  80. Cara

    December 14, 2013 at 5:20 am

    Definitely take a tour to the desert and spend a night or two

    you’ll never see that many stars again

  81. E

    December 14, 2013 at 8:45 am

    love so much this photo,and that you choose for your vacances not so jet set destinations

  82. Enric

    December 14, 2013 at 9:35 am

    I just was last week, so, I hardly recommend you the Rissini’s sunday market, a town inside an Oasis, I was really surprised.
    It’s also very nice the Merzozuga dessert, in the frontier with Algeria, really authentic.
    And for sure you may visit the Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou, an old berber town full of charme.
    Dades gorges are very spectacular too, ‘similar’ to Petra and on the valley you will find a lot of adobe villages along it with a longitudinal orchard along kilometers of the river.

  83. jaime

    December 14, 2013 at 9:43 am

    hi! was just there for the first time for the film festival… check out this article in the guardian about the emerging arts scene in marrakech:

    http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2013/nov/15/marrakech-new-art-scene-galleries-medina

    def go to le jardin and riad 18.
    https://www.facebook.com/dardixhuit

    and in ouarzazate you have to visit the atlas studios for all of the iconic sets of the movie zeitgeist!

  84. Nicolas Fransolet

    December 14, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    You should go to Tizgui (2 hours from Taliouine) a 2.300 meters high untouched village in AntiAtlas where saffron is cultivated.
    Beautiful berbere outfit.

  85. PGO

    December 14, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    We went through the Drâa Valley by bicycle and it was amazing! No matter which village you go to, they are all fabulous! You will find really genuine and hospitable people. It is one of most special places I have ever been to. Buen viaje!!!

  86. Deb Fox

    December 14, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    Contact Mark Willenbrock at madaboutmorroco.com He is a fantastic guide and can design a trip anyway you like with great recommendations. Whatever you do, do not miss the Fez medina

  87. Taylor

    December 14, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    I don’t know if someone already stated this but you have to go to Chefchaouen! It’s the blue city that you see in all the pictures. The people are so incredibly nice! Also Azrou is great if you are going to the Atlas Mountains. Asislah is a great beach city to walk around in because the local artists paint on the walls in the city. And Metzouga is a really great village in the Sahara! If you go stay at Riyad Nizhah- the owner is so generous :) hope this helps!

  88. Marta

    December 14, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    You should visit Essaoiura, a beautiful coastal city.

  89. tea-in-tangiers

    December 14, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    some great suggestions – you could compile a travel guide just based on the comments above!! Looking forward to seeing what you discover on your journey – in the meantime I will work through all these comments for some tips when journeying down south.

  90. io

    December 14, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    :-) Tafraoute region (-;

  91. ferhan ahmed

    December 15, 2013 at 7:03 am

    Hi

    We visited the Atlas Mountains a year ago. Beautiful place. My wife and I stayed in Amizmiz which is just a beautiful village at the base of the Atlas Mountains. We stayed at a hotel called Maroc Lodge.

    We had two guides one called Latifa and the other Ali that showed us around. I met some wonderful and interesting people on our short stay to Amizmiz. And captured some great pictures.

    BW

    Ferhan

  92. Elwira

    December 15, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Have you seen “Hideous Kinky” with Kate Winslet? If you have, you will know HOW to look at Morocco and everything you face there. Have a good trip!

  93. Lizzie

    December 16, 2013 at 4:32 am

    I wholeheartedly recommend La Pause http://www.lapause-marrakech.com
    A stunning Eco-friendly luxury resort ( everything by candlelight, read: no electricity) 30 mins outside of Marrakech. Make sure you stop by, it’s amazing!

  94. Rosemary

    December 16, 2013 at 5:43 am

    I recommend Chefchaouen. Enjoy your trip!

  95. Trescic

    December 16, 2013 at 6:52 am

    Love authentic people. This man don’t that he is a trend setter just because he is the first wearing this trendy woolly sweater. Such as norvegian style in 2013… http://trescic.wordpress.com/2013/12/08/un-inconsapevole-trend-setter-coi-fiocchi-di-neve/

  96. kenza

    December 16, 2013 at 7:57 am

    You can go from marrakech to Bin el Ouidane .( 2H30 by car) there are some typical villages like demnate or ait ourir . And Bin el Ouidane is the most beautiful lac in morocco!! To sleep in marrakech there are beautiful riads in the medina (jamaa lefna area). Have a nice trip!!

  97. Taîfah

    December 16, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    I know a little town named Ifran in the Atlas, it’s surrounded by some little villages, you should visit it if you can ;)

  98. Kristyn

    December 16, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    Taroudant

  99. hassouna

    December 17, 2013 at 5:24 am

    Hi this is hasnaa from Morocco, I am fun of your blog, it is very interesting, we have the feeling that we travel with you and discover other contries even we dont move from our desk :), so regading your destination , this is the right and best one , i think , coz i do really like the circuit that you will choose .

    I did this circuit with my husband and we repeat it each time we have the opportunity , the region of SUD- Morocco is really wonderful , natur , peaople , wethear every single thing you can imagine. So i do really like to help you and to advise you since I have family in SKOURA -Ourzazate but now i can’t provide you all required info until you email me back :) , by the way we , my husband and i , planning to travel in the coming weeks to SUD of Morocco,

    U know we spent the new year 2012 in Mhamid alghizlane (SAHARA)? I SWEAR it was wonderful and amazing , so woul like to share wit you my experience :) :)

    Ok let’s talk later in our emails :)

    Take Care
    Hasnaa

  100. Danielle

    December 17, 2013 at 7:23 am

    essouria

  101. Sandra

    December 17, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    Hello!

    I travelled through the desert of Morocco with my car in February 3 years ago, I saw so many different and incredible landscapes, but the one that I will never forget is Merzouga. It’s kind of far away from the cities you have already planned to go (ourzazate and Skoura) but it will worth it !
    Have a good trip !
    Thx to make my time more interesting while I am working through your blog

  102. Sandra

    December 17, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Hello!

    I travelled through the desert of Morocco with my car in February 3 years ago, I saw so many different and incredible landscapes, but the one that I will never forget is Merzouga. It’s kind of far away from the cities you have already planned to go (ourzazate and Skoura) but it will worth it !
    Have a good trip !
    Thx to make my time more interesting while I am working through your blog !

  103. Noura

    December 17, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Agadir (two hours driving from Marakesh) is in the same area so I would visit that city just because you’re there. There is a sea and it actually is a city for tourists.

    But you also wanted to visit interesting villages. Well my parents were born in Morocco and Ifrane is the village where my mother grew up. You have the city Ifrane (which most people know) but the village ifrane is in the atlas mountains and it has a wonderful history. Hundreds of years ago a lot of jewish people came to live here and you still can find the little building they’ve build to pray there. The people who live in ifrane are very nice and can lead you the way trough the village. I also would recommend to go to the village tafraoute.

    Enjoy you time in Morocco!!

  104. busana muslim

    December 18, 2013 at 2:26 am

    Saidia is funtastic :) , i can’t really tell but the beach feels so “Mediterianian” lol

  105. Nimzat

    December 19, 2013 at 6:01 am

    Please come to Cape Town, South Africa.

  106. AmyOD

    December 19, 2013 at 8:07 am

    I did not think Ouarzazate was worth the long trek it took to get there. It is the ‘Hollywood’ of Morrocco with some old movie sets and not much else interesting to see.

  107. marianne

    December 19, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    “la vallĂ©e du Dades” is beautiful and quiet place to go ! i was there 2 weeks ago for my first time in Maroc !

  108. Florence

    December 20, 2013 at 3:53 am

    If you are in the area of Ouarzazate and love rural places/little villages, you should go to Taliouine and Tafraoute!

    If you want to enjoy a night in the Sahara ( the most beautiful sky night i ever seen in my life is there in the desert…) you will have to drive till Zagora > Mhamid. This is the best place to watch the night sky “moving” and make a wishes upon the shooting stars (mines come true).

    Enjoy! :)

  109. Sarah

    December 20, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    All of the above suggestions are great– something you absolutely can’t miss is Amizmiz (about 1.5 hours outside of Marrakech) for an exquisite view of the Atlas foothills.

  110. Rob Palmer

    December 23, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    Imilchil is a beautiful little town high in the Atlas Mountains famous for its annual wedding ceremony. Wrong time of year for the festival but still a magnificent bit of the country. Park your car almost anywhere and wander off the road in any direction and your sure to meet a bunch of locals from the stunning Berber women to nomadic shepherds who have a bunch of great stories to share that verge on myth/legend/folk lore.

  111. marina

    December 24, 2013 at 11:12 am

    if you’re passing by Ouarzazate, then i recommend you to sleep one or 2 nights at Oasis the Fint – a small isolated region, with an oasis at the middle (http://terrassedesdelices.com/fr/).

    Then, if you can, go all the way, east, to Merzouga and spend 2 days in the Dunes of Erg Chebbi one at the hotel, another camping in the middle of the dunes). I normally stay here: http://www.aubergedusud.com/ (been there so many times, it almost became a second family).

  112. Hani

    February 13, 2014 at 12:04 am

    Have you thought about Jordan? http://traveljordanagency.com/Jordan-tours-packages , its a very unique destination and home of new world wonder Petra…and really one of a kind desert wadi rum

  113. turism litoral

    May 24, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    Greetings! Very useful advice in this particular article!
    It’s the little changes that make the largest changes. Thanks
    for sharing!

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