In many popular places in Morocco, such as the crowded Jemaa El-fna square or the medina of Fes el Bali, it just gets too much sometimes. So, if you’re thinking of booking your next holiday to this country, try to avoid all the busy places and connect with nature. Here are all the ways to go off the grid in Morocco!
Mount Toubkal is the highest peak in Morocco, just an hour and 30 minutes south of Marrakech. If you want to climb this mountain, the starting point is Imlil Valley, a must-see that seems like a mini Machu Picchu in some ways. It takes between two to three days to reach the most elevated point of Toubkal. Moreover, you can also indulge in other outdoor activities in the surrounding areas, such as mountain biking, skiing, horseback riding, and even camel riding in the Atlas Mountains!
This secluded, blissful town is away from all the modern cities in Morocco. In this safe oasis, you can relax by a pool and release the stress from back home. One of the best things to do here is contemplate the beauty of nature that surrounds the little town. Take in the background of salmon-coloured valleys and drive around to discover the Berber villages and people.
This is one of the main activities to do in Marrakech and the trail starts 30 minutes away from the city in Lalla Takerkoust. Try to spend the morning here with your loved ones. You will find many tour agencies that offer half-day trips to the lake that end with a glass of mint tea with a Berber family from the village. The price will be around €60, but make sure you check out prices at different agencies before booking one.
Going on a trip to the Sahara Desert while in Morocco is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity as experiencing this desert is mind-blowing. Depending on the number of days, you can choose between various packages. The overnight stay, which lasts approximately 24 hours, starts off by a camel ride into the desert. You can then watch the sun as it sets, and have dinner under an exceptionally beautiful and clear starry night sky, with Berber music playing the background. The next morning, you wake up before sunrise, get back on the camel, and ride back into the city.
The Draa Valley, a breathtaking oasis, stretches from the city of Ouarzazate to the Sahara Desert and is surrounded by Berber villages. The Draa River used to cross the desert and make its way west until it joined the Atlantic Ocean, but today, most of it has dried. In the areas where it still gushes forth, the locals wash their clothes with the water, just like their ancestors did before them. So, if you want to feel like you’ve gone back in time, this valley is definitely worth stopping at.
Briech, a beach located in the north of Morocco between Asilah and Tangier, may not be an extremely popular location among locals and internationals, but it is definitely worth checking out. Enjoy stepping in the hot sand as you walk towards the straw parasols and lounge chairs, where you can sunbathe until it’s time to ride a camel. Briech is also attached to Oued Tahaddart, a lake only a few metres west and a more popular location, where people often take their children for a little dip.
Valley of Roses is one of the most astonishing and picturesque villages in the whole of northern Morocco. This valley is known for its pink roses that local women work with to make cosmetic products, essential oils and rose water. The amazing views from this green and fertile land in the middle of majestic mountains is bound to astound you. Needless to say, this is a stunning place to take pictures and bask in the beauty of nature.