Agadir, Morocco

Colourful fabrics on the market in Agadir, Morocco

Introduction to Agadir, Morocco

Agadir is a lively resort set beside a vast beach.

Now Morocco’s main beach resort, Agadir was rebuilt next to the ruins of an ancient town destroyed in an earthquake in 1960. All that remains of the ancient Kasbah – built in 1540 – are the fortified walls on a hill to the north of the bay. Take a local bus to view the ruins and for the views down over the memorial park, created where the medina used to stand.

On the wide, modern boulevards there are plenty of cafés and restaurants, but for the sights, sounds and smells of the old town, visit the old port, with markets selling fish, fruit, vegetables and spices. The Musée Municipal is interesting for insights into the pre-earthquake history of Agadir and to learn about the Berbers, the original inhabitants of Morocco.

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Moroccan cuisine

MOROCCAN COOKING CLASS

Must do tour
  • Master the art of Moroccan cuisine!
  • Experience a hands-on cooking lesson with your Berber host
  • Sample your creations as you marvel at your impressive surroundings 
Activity Tour
Price£70.00-£80.00
DurationApprox 6 Hrs
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Snack includedSnack included

Moroccan cuisine is said to be one of the most exotic in the world, and you can discover the secrets of famous Moroccan dishes as you participate in a unique and enjoyable culinary tour.

Today's Agadir, with its modern architecture, is a favourite of European holidaymakers. From the pier, you will drive to the fort of Oufala Kasbah, which is set above the Atlantic shoreline, and was built to defend against the onslaught of Portuguese invaders who planned to call the Barbary Coast their own. The Kasbah is known for its breathtaking view over Agadir's seemingly endless coastline.

Continuing on, you drive to the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains, where you will arrive at the Kasbah-style Eco Hotel, Upon arrival here, where you will be personally met by the delightful owners - Hassan, a Berber, and his French wife, Helene.

This exceptional, small Eco Hotel is set in a commanding position overlooking the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains. There is abundant evidence of the owner’s commitment to sustainability in the form of solar panels, organic food production, earth construction and rainwater saving.

Upon arrival, enjoy a cool drink as you get to know the owners before beginning your culinary insight into Berber culture with your interactive cookery lesson.

Moroccan cuisine has long been considered as one of the most diversified in the world, due to the interaction of between Morocco and the outside world for centuries. Morocco cuisine is a mix of Arab, Berber, Moorish, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean African, Iberian and Jewish influences. The cooks in the royal kitchens of Fez, Meknes, Marrakech, Rabat and Tetouan refined local dishes over the centuries and created the basis for what is known as Moroccan cuisine today.

After an enjoyable time spent in the kitchen learning all about the fascinating food of Morocco, there will be some time to enjoy the facilities of the hotel. The food that you prepared will then be served in a beautiful dining room, in the courtyard or on the terrace.

Once you have sampled your hard work, bid a fond farewell to the owners of this property, and depart with the knowledge needed to impress at your next dinner party.


DESCRIPTIONS CORRECT FOR 2016 CANARIES & MED SEASON

 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU?  This tour involves a lot of standing – comfortable shoes and lightweight clothing are recommended. Moroccan tea and water will be included – additional drinks can be purchased at the guests’ own expense.


Agadir Contrasts Tour

AGADIR HIGHLIGHTS (TOUR A)

  • Discover the highlights of Agadir
  • Mingle with the locals and get a real flavour of Moroccan culture
Activity Tour
Price£30.00-£45.00
DurationApprox 3 1/2 Hrs
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

On this tour, enjoy a true taste of Agadir’s modern and historical features. Agadir is situated at the foot of the Atlas mountain range, which suffered an earthquake in the 1960s that destroyed many of the historic buildings in the city. Over the years, the city has resurrected itself as a modern holiday resort town, supported by over 300 days of sunshine each year.

Leaving the quayside, enjoy a brief orientation drive to the Agadir hill summit and viewpoint, which is also home to the ancient Kasbah. The earthquake destroyed much of this ancient Kasbah, which was built in 1540, however, on its front gate you can still read the following sentence in Dutch: ‘Fear God and honour thy King’. Your local guide will be on hand to point out the various highlights and explain the history of the city from this spectacular viewpoint before being given some time to explore the Kasbah area at leisure. If you wish you can have your photograph taken with a camel – a great memento of your day – a small local fee will be charged for this. Back on board your coach, you head towards the centre of town and into the heart of the colourful souks. This is a labyrinth of colourful alleys and small squares which are home to a bewildering array of stalls and stands devoted to specific crafts. The spice souks are a photographer’s delight. Here one can hone one’s bartering skills by purchasing local souvenirs and keepsakes.

Before heading back to your awaiting ship, you will stop at the beautiful Corniche Boulevard, where you can admire the breathtaking beaches and calming seas whilst enjoying a refreshing drink.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2017 CANARIES & MED CRUISE HOLIDAYS.

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, with a few steps to negotiate throughout. Unfortunately, it is not suitable for wheelchair users, however guests with limited mobility are welcome to participate in this tour – guests are welcome to remain on the coach during the photo stops or during time at leisure. Please note that all participants must be able to get on and off the coach unaided.


Moroccan pastries and mint tea, Agadir

BARBER MARKET & FANTASTIA SHOW (TOUR J)

  • Admire amazing views of Agadir’s coastline
  • Be entertained by a traditional folkloric show
  • Pick up a bargain in a colourful souk
Price£30.00-£40.00
Duration4 1/2 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

From the pier, you will drive to the fort known as the Kasbah Oufala, which is set above the Atlantic shoreline, and was built to defend against the onslaught of Portuguese invaders who planned to call the Barbary Coast their own. The Kasbah is renowned for its breathtaking views over Agadir's seemingly endless coastline.

From the viewpoint, a short drive down the hill brings you to the Talborjt Mosque, where you will pause for an outside visit and photo stop. Making your way to the Fantasia Inezgane, you will be welcomed by singers in keeping with Moroccan hospitality.

During your time here, you can enjoy Moroccan pastries and mint tea served under traditional Berber tents as you witness performances by local folkloric bands playing Andalusian music, nimble acrobats and traditional Berber dancers. Then, be ready for a rare treat – a horse race run by horsemen in traditional costumes, with rifles that are fired at the end of the race. The race is deeply rooted in Moroccan culture as a symbol of manhood, courage, and hospitality.

After this fascinating visit, you will stop at the Inezgane Souk. Here, among the maze of stalls, you will have time to shop for everything from carpets to fine handicrafts. After an opportunity to practice your bartering skills, you return to the coach for your journey via downtown to your awaiting ship.

DESCRIPTIONS CORRECT FOR 2017 CANARIES & MED SEASON

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of walking and is not considered suitable for guests in wheelchairs or those with walking difficulties.


Paradise Valley, Agadir, Morocco

IMOUZZER PARADISE VALLEY BY 4 x 4 (TOUR K)

 

  • Take in an exhilarating four-wheel drive tour
  • Admire the views over Paradise Valley
  • Enjoy the tranquil flora & fauna of Morocc
Price£45.00-£55.00
DurationApproximately 4 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Enjoy a scenic journey in a 4x4 through the Paradise Valley. Leaving the pier, you will drive by road towards the neighbourhood of Iligh, located in the district of Tazeroualt, and head towards the palm groves and gorges of the River Tamrhakht, before continuing up into the mountains towards Imouzzer.

The varying landscape highlights local traditional houses, set amongst the argan trees, with the Atlas Mountains as a backdrop. Enjoy a photo stop and a panoramic view of the village of Al Ma. You then continue on your scenic journey through the countryside, and within the impressive gorges of Paradise Valley you will be taken aback as the rocky gorge twists and undulates. It is like another world, and all landmarks that point towards the sea or mountains are lost beyond the steep deep limestone walls of the gorge.

During your tour, you will also get the chance to enjoy a gentle guided walk down into the valley where your guide will explain more about the local flora and fauna and the interesting natural history of the area. You will also visit a botanical garden where you can view a plethora of plants including the argan tree, which is used for artisanal extraction of essential oils.

The argan tree is indigenous to the arid south west region of Morocco. This thorny tree has a deep root system, which is well adapted to the semi-desert environment. Characterised by its toughness, an argan tree can reach the age of 200. The rare oil produced from the argan tree, in its purest form, is well-known across the globe for its exceptional quality, and accordingly, its expensive price.

Back on board your 4x4, you continue your thrilling adventure through traditional local towns and villages before returning to your awaiting ship in Agadir.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2017 CANARIES & MED SEASON

 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU?  There is a moderate amount of walking involved on this tour, most of which will be over rough, uneven ground, therefore it is not suitable for guests with limited mobility. Due to the bumpy terrain that will be encountered, this tour is not recommended to guests with neck or back problems, or pregnant ladies. What fauna and flora may be seen on this tour cannot be guaranteed. A refreshment stop will be made at Al Ma Waterfall or the botanical garden – Moroccan tea and local bread with honey and olives will be served.

 


Marrakech, Morocco

MARRAKECH (TOUR O)

  • Marrakech remains one of the most exotic places in the world
  • Experience the city’s charms and colourful, bustling markets
  • Admire the reddish walls, palm trees and the high mountains towering through the haze 
Activity Tour
Price£368.00 - £398.00
Duration2 days, 1 night
Limitationvery limited
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Snack includedSnack included
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Savour the magical city of Marrakech, the heart of the Berber south, with its magic, colours, ramparts, Medina and more!

Day One – Agadir to Marrakech

Leaving Agadir, you will travel to the most iconic Moroccan city – Marrakech. On arrival you will soon discover that it is more than just a city, it is a pearl polished by rich history. The third largest city in Morocco, after Casablanca and Rabat, lying near the foothills of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains, Marrakech has a beautiful backdrop. The city is divided into two distinct parts: the Medina which is the historical city, and the new European modern district called Gueliz or Ville Nouvelle. The Medina is full of intertwining narrow passageways, souks full of colour and character and riads, which are often boutique hotels that normally accommodate a few rooms around a courtyard. In contrast, Gueliz plays host to modern restaurants, fast food chains and big brand stores.

Upon arrival to Marrakech, you will take a short drive past the iconic red rampart walls that encircle a large part of the city and are one of its premier sights. You will then check into your hotel, where you will enjoy a typical three course Moroccan lunch before continuing your tour.

You will visit the Koutoubia Mosque which is the emblem of Marrakech. This square tower stands 77 metres (252 feet) tall, including its lantern. Built in the 12th century, the Koutoubia minaret is one of the most beautiful Islamic religious structures in North Africa. This famous landmark dominates the local skyline and can easily be spotted from all four corners of Marrakech. Here you will have the opportunity step off the coach to capture some incredible photographs.

Next you will visit the Bahia Palace - its beauty makes it a remarkable example of Eastern architecture. During your visit you will appreciate why it took 15 years to complete. Then take the short drive into the Medina area - the heart and soul of Old Marrakech - to visit one of the jewels of the city – the holy site of Medersa Ben Youssef. The current structure of this Koranic school was built around 1570 and it is the biggest school in the whole of the west. Opposite the entrance, the Qoubba Almoravides was the ablution (Christian washing ritual) centre for believers going to the Ben Youssef Mosque.

Prepare for a leisurely walk through the labyrinth of souks. Souk Smarine is an important thoroughfare, traditionally dominated by the sale of Moroccan textiles, clothing and handicrafts. The maze of colourful alleys and small squares are home to a bewildering array of stalls and stands devoted to specific crafts. The spice souks are a photographer’s delight. Here you can take a look at the wonderful products the locals have to offer, perhaps even purchase a souvenir.

Following your visit to the souks you will then explore one of the best-known attractions in Marrakech – the Djemâa el Fna Square. Be enthralled by a multitude of street artists and stalls of dried fruit and freshly pressed orange juice. Over the years it has become the heart of Marrakech, where fire-eaters, mime artists, snake charmers and street musicians perform at every turn. A refreshment by the square offers a chance for you to admire and take in the spectacular atmosphere.

Having worked up an appetite you will return to the hotel, giving you the chance to freshen up and prepare for a delightful Moroccan dinner, at one of Marrakech’s finest restaurants.

Day Two – Marrakech to Casablanca

Following breakfast, take a short drive into the centre of Marrakech - awaiting you will be a horse-drawn carriage. Admire your beautiful surroundings as you embark on a leisurely ride to the stunning Majorelle Gardens which have been maintained by famous couturier Yves Saint-Laurent. Situated in the heart of the garden is the Berber museum which displays an elite collection of Berber objects originating from diverse regions of Morocco, from the Rif to the Sahara. Having ambled through the gardens you will then re-join the coach and head to a local restaurant for a hearty lunch. After lunch you will re-board the coach to travel to meet your ship in Casablanca.

Guests that are wanting to book this tour please email shore.tours@fredolsen.co.uk with your request- please include what type of room (single or double) you will require within this email.

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of walking with many steps to negotiate throughout the trip - comfortable footwear is advised. It is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Please note, when visiting the mosque, shoulders and knees should be covered. The drive to Marrakech takes approximately three and half to four hours, and the return to Casablanca around four hours - each with a short comfort stop en route. Please note, however, that traffic can be heavy so journey times can be longer. The walk through the market will be a very crowded experience over uneven ground, and-participants may be hassled by shopkeepers – if you don’t wish to make a purchase be firm, however fun can be had bartering for items, if you so wish. 

Guests that are wanting to book this tour please email shore.tours@fredolsen.co.uk with your request- please include what type of room (single or double) you will require within this email.


Massa Jeep, Agadir

MOROCCAN JEEP ADVENTURE (TOUR D)

  • Take in an exhilarating four wheel drive tour
  • Admire the views over Paradise Valley
  • Enjoy the tranquil flora & fauna of Morocco
Activity Tour
Price£70.00-£80.00
DurationApprox 4 Hrs
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

You depart the pier on your scenic journey in your SUV type 4x4’s, heading for the Paradise Valley.

You will drive by road through the neighbourhood of Iligh which is located in the district of Tazeroualt. You then travel onwards from the palm groves and gorges of the river Tamrhakht up into the mountains towards Imouzzer.

The varying landscape, which is ever changing highlights local traditional houses, set amongst the Argan Trees, back dropped against the Atlas Mountains. You will enjoy a photo stop, and a panoramic view of the village of Al Ma. You then continue on your scenic journey through the countryside, and within the impressive gorges of paradise valley you are taken aback as the rocky gorge twists and undulates, it’s another world an all landmarks providing orientation towards sea or mountain are lost beyond the steep deep limestone walls of the gorge.

You will also get the chance to enjoy a gentle guided walk down into the valley where you will be given explanations of the local flora and fauna and the interesting natural history of the area before stopping at a botanical garden where you can view the famous plethora of plants including the Argan tree which is used for artisanal extraction of essential oils.

The Argan tree is indigenous to the arid southwest region of Morocco. This thorny tree has a deep root system that is well adapted to the semi-desert environment. Characterized by its toughness, an Argan tree can reach the age of 200. The rare oil produced from the Argan tree, in its purest form, is well-known across the globe for its exceptional quality, and accordingly, its expensive price.

Back on your 4 x 4, you continue your thrilling adventure through tradtional local towns and villages before returning to your awaiting ship in Agadir.


DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2015 CANARIES & MED CRUISE HOLIDAYS.

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? There is a  moderate amount of walking involved on this tour, most of which will be over rough, uneven ground and is therefore not suitable for guests with limited mobility. Due to the bumpy terrain that will be encountered, it is not recommended to guests with neck or back problems or pregnant ladies. What fauna and flora may be seen on this tour cannot be guaranteed. . Please note that depending upon the ship’s berth, there is an approximate 200 to 300 metre walk from the ship to the tour coaches.
 


Morrocan Lunch and Show

MOROCCAN LUNCH & SHOW (TOUR I)

  • Discover the charms of true Moroccan hospitality
  • Be entertained by a traditional folkloric programme
     
Activity Tour
Price£40.00 - £50.00
DurationApprox 3.5 Hrs
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Snack includedSnack included

Enjoy all the fun and excitement of Morocco as you witness a traditional folklore and cultural show at a Fantasia Moroccan lunch.

From the moment you arrive in the village you will be able to view the main gate, which is guarded by horsemen, just beyond is the central arena; location of the Fantasia show.

Take time to relax and delight in the dances, acrobatics and cavalcades, all of which culminate in the thunder of horses and musket-fire.

After you have witnessed the show, you make your way to a Cydal tent where you will be invited to enjoy a Moroccan feast, cooked under the shelter of a Caydal tent, where the entrainment will continue.

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2014 CANARIES & MED CRUISES
 

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking and is suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users, providing they can board the coach unaided. Please note that depending upon the ship’s berth, there is an approximate 200 to 300 metre walk from the ship to the tour coaches.

 


Traditional Moroccan earthware

SHOPPING IN AGADIR

  • Enjoy the splendid view from the hilltop Kasbah
  • A perfect opportunity to visit the shopping quarters in Agadir
  • Take a leisurely stroll through the daily souk, amongst the hustle and bustle of Agadir life
Activity Tour
Price£20.00 - £25.00
DurationApproximately 4 Hours
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Take in some of the City’s Highlights before visiting a local craft co-operative, where you will find carpets, rugs, silver, jewellery plus many more goods to purchase.

Enjoy a leisurely drive along the old fishing port and up to the old Kasbah, once at the top enjoy a magnificent view over the City of Agadir. Travelling on you will dive across the old part Agadir. Your guide will give an explanation about the devastating earthquake that destroyed the city in 1960. Arriving at the craft co-operative, seek out its souvenirs and gifts. After a short stop here, you drive and visit the Day Market of Agadir.

Arriving at the Market, enjoy a guided visit, of what used to just sell fresh fruit and vegetables, but through the years different sellers have set-up their tents and it is now a hectic bustling market place with narrow winding streets from dusk until dawn. Enjoy some free time to really explore you will depart the Market, and travel on to the coastal area of Agadir. Here you can enjoy a stroll along the seafront and refreshment before travelling back to the ship.

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR CANARIES & MED 2013 CRUISES
 

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour involves a strenuous amount of walking, some of which will be over narrow, uneven streets and there will be a few steps to negotiate, therefore it is not considered suitable for wheelchair users. For reference, vendors in the souks can be very persistent. Please note that depending on the ship’s berth, there is an approximate 200 to 300 metre walk from the ship to the tour coaches. Currency accepted is dollars & credit cards.

 


Tardoudant

TAROUDANT

  • Explore the delightful setting of ancient Taroudant
  • Travel through the beautiful Souss Valley
  • Visit the colourful and atmospheric souks
Activity Tour
Price£40.00-£50.00
DurationApprox 5 1/2 Hrs
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Snack includedSnack included
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Surrounded by ramparts and with the Atlas Mountains to the north and south, Taroudant is often called ‘Little Marrakech’, and has hardly altered over the years.

Depart the quayside for a scenic drive of the city of Taroudant, situated off the beaten track, perhaps explaining why royal visitors and politicians visit the area regularly. En route you will stop for a closer look at the Argan trees and their healthy fruit (seasonally dependant), and if you are lucky enough, you may get to see one of the local goats climbing a tree!

Taroudant had its golden age under the Saadi Dynasty, particularly under the reign of Mohammed ash-Sheikh. He constructed the city walls and built the great mosque and its minaret in 1528. The town became the capital of the Saadians who used it as a base to attack the Portuguese in Agadir.

Although they later made Marrakech their capital, the town prospered through the riches of the Sous plain, marketing goods such as sugar cane, cotton, rice and indigo. Today Taroudant is fondly called the "Grandmother of Marrakech" and retains the feel of a small market town on the caravan route. It is a quaint and charming town that resembles Marrakech with its surrounding ramparts.  Unlike Marrakech however, Taroudant contains almost the entire city within its walls. It is also known for its jewellery and carpets, with a much more relaxed atmosphere in which to purchase these items. 

Upon arrival in Taroudant, you will stop briefly for a photo opportunity of the city ramparts before enjoying a short walk through the souks with your guide. Afterwards time a leisure will be given for a spot of shopping, the chance to meander around the square or simply relax in your vibrant surroundings.

Having stretched your legs, you will make your way to Assarague Square, where you will re-join your coach, which will take you to a local restaurant for a light refreshment of local Moroccan tea and authentic pastries. 

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2016 CANARIES & MED CRUISE HOLIDAYS.

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, with a certain pace required to ensure full enjoyment. Some walking will be over narrow, uneven streets and there will be some steps to negotiate, therefore it is not considered suitable for wheelchair users. For reference, vendors in the souks can be very persistent. Please note that depending upon the ship’s berth, there is an approximate 200 to 300 metre walk from the ship to the tour coaches.
 


Traditions of Morroco

TRADITIONS OF MOROCCO (TOUR H)

  • Learn more about the cultutre and traditions of Morocco
  • Expand your knowledge of Morocco, as you take part in a traditional dancing and Arabic language lesson
Activity Tour
Price£40.00 - £50.00
DurationApprox 3.75 Hrs
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Gain a unique insight into Morocco, as you immerse yourself into the local cultures of Agadir.

Arriving in the village of Temsia, situated in the suburbs of Agadir, you will be welcomed with milk and dates into the Kasbah Chems – an ancient symbol of Moroccan hospitality offered to VIP guests.

You will be accompanied to the traditional dancing workshop, where you will be invited to dress in traditional Moroccan clothes before being taught some basic Moroccan dancing in a very enthusiastic and happy atmosphere.

After the excitement of the dancing, you will then embrace a lesson in the Arabic language. Learn the letters of the Arabic language as you attempt to write your own name; an English speaking Arabic teacher will be on hand throughout the lesson to assist with any letters you may be unsure of. After the workshops and before driving back to the harbour, enjoy time to relax and savour a mint tea and Moroccan Pastries.

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2014 CANARIES & MED CRUISES
 

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: While there is a minimal amount of walking involved in this tour, it will be an active tour and you are advised to wear flat shoes suitable for dancing. Unfortunatly this tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Please note that depending upon the ship’s berth, there is an approximate 200 to 300 metre walk from the ship to the tour coaches.
 


Mount Toubkal, Agadir, Morocco

TREKKING IN THE ATLAS MOUNTAINS (TOUR L)

 

  • Take in the incredible panoramic views as you hike in the Atlas Mountains
  • Admire the local plants as you explore the botanical garden
  • Enjoy a trek in Morocco’s famous mountain range 
Activity Tour
Price£60.00 - £70.00
DurationAPPROXIMATELY 4 HOURS
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Escape to the Atlas foothills for a trek amongst the rugged landscape of arid mountains and ochre-red rocks, softened by lush palm and banana groves.

Set off from the port, travelling by 4x4, on a scenic journey known as the Paradise Valley drive. Continue to the village of Alma, situated in the Imouzzer Valley, in the district of Tazeroualt. Along the way you will make a photo stop at the palm grove of Tamzargoute, before arriving at the village of Aquesri, from where you will set off on an approximate two hour guided hike. Considered to be Berber territory, The Atlas Mountains provide miles of breathtaking scenery between the coast and the Sahara Desert. Dominated by Mount Toubkal, the inclines have dense forests containing cedar, pine, cork and oak trees.

Following your trek, proceed on foot into the valley, admiring the local flora and fauna before arriving at the botanical garden, to view the plethora of plants, used for artisanal extraction of essential oils. The argan tree is indigenous to the arid south west region of Morocco. This thorny tree has a deep root system that is well adapted to the semi-desert environment. Characterised by its toughness, an argan tree can reach the age of 200 years. Indulge in a refreshment stop, tasting Moroccan bread, honey and olive oil with a cup of Moroccan tea. On your return journey, pass through some of the local towns on your way back to the port.

 

THIS TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2017

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves strenuous walking, over uneven ground and inclines. This tour is not suitable from guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Due to the bumpy terrain that will be encountered during the 4x4 drive, this tour is not recommended to guests with neck or back problems, or pregnant ladies.  It is recommended that participants wear comfortable clothing and sensible walking shoes. We advise that guest bring sunscreen and a hat. Participants are advised to watch their belonging at all times, particularly at tourist points or crowded places. Please note that this tour has limited toilet stops, but you will be able to use the facilities at the botanical gardens. Please note that this tour may operate in a different order.

 


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