From Marrakech to the Saharan desert

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Celine.espadrille

 
8 days road trip from Marrakech to the Sahara, through the Atlas mountains : kasbah, canyons, oases, sand desert and welcoming people !

Ksar Ait Ben Haddou

Ksar Ait Ben Haddou, Aït Ben Haddou, Maroc

Game of Thrones, Gladiator, Lawrence of Arabia... This spectacular decor is only 4 hours drive far from Marrakech through scenic Atlas Mountains, definietly worth it ! You must spend a night into the Ksar, at Kasbah Tebi, it's a unique experience !!

Fint Oasis, a cinematic experience !

Oasis de Fint, Fint, Maroc

It is nearly impossible to imagine, departing from Ouarzazate and traversing the dry, desolate terrain of the Anti-Atlas Mountains ( about 20 min drive ), that any place so green, lush and full of life can be on the horizon. But suddenly you spot it : a massive verdant palm grove ! Stunning ! Lots of Hollywood films were filmed there ;)

Dades gorges and canyon

Gorges du Dadès, Province de Tinghir, Maroc

You'll see there beautiful green oases at the bottom of canyons, high arid mountains, picturesque villages and reddish colored rock formations.

Saharan desert

Merzouga, Maroc

Camel ride and overnight stay in the desert was a once in a lifetime experience ! We stayed in a traditional Bedouin camp with a traditional meal, tea and of course singing, drums and dancing ! Giant dunes. Silence. Serenity. Bright stars all around you.
Both Sunset AND Sunrise from atop the dunes were spectacular!

Valley of Roses

Vallée des roses, Kelâat M'Gouna, Maroc

The heart of the valley is a heaven of freshness and surprising landscapes inhabited by incredibly welcoming people. Better visit it in May-June when the valley is filled with rose fields !!

Kasbah Amridil

Kasbah Amridil, Skoura, Maroc

This place was fascinating to visit. The family have been trying to restore it on their own and do charge a small sum to visit. Off the tourist route.... no visitors when we were there ! After Amridil, you will have such a sense of how these kasbahs worked on a social, familial, and political level, scattered across the oases of the Saharan Desert.

Kasbah Telouet

Kasbah de Télouet, Telouet, Maroc

This Kasbah is truly a hidden gem, picturesque and richly decorated (stucco, mosaics...) It was the seat of the El Glaoui family's power. The road from Ait Ben Haddou to Telouet is one of the most scenic we've seen !

Riad Be in Marrakech

Riad BE Marrakech, Derb Sidi Lahcen Ouest Ali, Marrakech, Maroc

After this road trip we needed a peaceful place to rest ! Riad Be was the perfect place. The decor is absolutely beautiful and the friendly staff made us feel home away from home ! Best breakfast ever !

 

Ksar Ait Ben Haddou

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Ksar Ait Ben Haddou, Aït Ben Haddou
Game of Thrones, Gladiator, Lawrence of Arabia... This spectacular decor is only 4 hours drive far from Marrakech through scenic Atlas Mountains, definietly worth it ! You must spend a night into the Ksar, at Kasbah Tebi, it's a unique experience !!
 

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Fint Oasis, a cinematic experience !

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Oasis de Fint, Fint
It is nearly impossible to imagine, departing from Ouarzazate and traversing the dry, desolate terrain of the Anti-Atlas Mountains ( about 20 min drive ), that any place so green, lush and full of life can be on the horizon. But suddenly you spot it : a massive verdant palm grove ! Stunning ! Lots of Hollywood films were filmed there ;)
 

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Dades gorges and canyon

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Gorges du Dadès, Province de Tinghir
You'll see there beautiful green oases at the bottom of canyons, high arid mountains, picturesque villages and reddish colored rock formations.
 

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Saharan desert

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Merzouga, Maroc
Camel ride and overnight stay in the desert was a once in a lifetime experience ! We stayed in a traditional Bedouin camp with a traditional meal, tea and of course singing, drums and dancing ! Giant dunes. Silence. Serenity. Bright stars all around you.
Both Sunset AND Sunrise from atop the dunes were spectacular!
 

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Valley of Roses

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Vallée des roses, Kelâat M'Gouna
The heart of the valley is a heaven of freshness and surprising landscapes inhabited by incredibly welcoming people. Better visit it in May-June when the valley is filled with rose fields !!
 

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Kasbah Amridil

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Kasbah Amridil, Skoura
This place was fascinating to visit. The family have been trying to restore it on their own and do charge a small sum to visit. Off the tourist route.... no visitors when we were there ! After Amridil, you will have such a sense of how these kasbahs worked on a social, familial, and political level, scattered across the oases of the Saharan Desert.
 

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Kasbah Telouet

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Kasbah de Télouet, Telouet
This Kasbah is truly a hidden gem, picturesque and richly decorated (stucco, mosaics...) It was the seat of the El Glaoui family's power. The road from Ait Ben Haddou to Telouet is one of the most scenic we've seen !
 

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Riad Be in Marrakech

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Riad BE Marrakech, Derb Sidi Lahcen Ouest Ali
After this road trip we needed a peaceful place to rest ! Riad Be was the perfect place. The decor is absolutely beautiful and the friendly staff made us feel home away from home ! Best breakfast ever !
 

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