Visiting the Sahara is something that every visitor has in mind when coming to incredible Marocco. In addition to the amazing excursion, here you will find a list of the best excursions you can go to while you are in Morocco. The list is designed to make it easier for our visitors to plan their trips and attractions they don't want to miss.
Sahara is a desert located in North Africa. The Sahara is the largest desert in the world and covers about 9,000,000 km2. It stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea, with a total length of about 6,000 km. Northern Sahara belongs to Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco and Western Sahara, and southern to Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Chad and Sudan.
Ouzoud Falls are the second largest waterfalls in Africa, formed in Mount Atlas, and are also a large habitat for macaque monkeys. Enjoyment is guaranteed. Ouzoud waterfalls are located about 100 kilometers northeast of Marrakech, they flow into the gorge of the river El-Abid. Ouzoud waterfalls are about 110 m high, and are located near the village of Tanaghmeilt in Mount Atlas.
Essaouira is a quiet port and one of the best piers on the Moroccan coast. Since the 16th century, the city has been known by the Portuguese name Mogador, while its Berber name means "wall", because the Portuguese Mogador was a strong fortress. Essaouira was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2001.This area was inhabited in the 7th century BC. The Phoenicians settled first. The reign of the famous Carthage came later, and after its fall, this area was occupied by the Romans. A fabric and dyeing factory was also opened here. The color was obtained from shells from the sea, and the clothes were worn by Roman senators from this area. In the Middle Ages, the Muslim saint Sidi Mogdul was buried here, after whom the town was named Mogador.
The city of Ouarzazate, or the gate of the desert as it is also called, is about 200 km away from Marrakech. Ouarzazate is located at an altitude of 1,160 meters, in the middle of a bare plateau south of Mount Atlas, while the desert stretches to the very south of the city. Although this is a small town, it is extremely beautiful and represents one of the main tourist attractions of Morocco. Aït Benhaddou (a fortified village) west of the city is under UNESCO protection. Ouarzazate was known as a trading position or link between Africa and North Africa and Europe. During the French rule, the city had a role of garrison city for French units that remained here until Morocco's independence in 1956.
Ourika Valley and Ourika River are one of the most sought after attractions outside the city of Marrakech. Ourika is a valley in the Moroccan High Atlas and is located along the river Ourika, i.e. it follows its course. It is located about 30 km from Marrakech, and is inhabited by Berbers. Despite the proximity of Marrakech, it is still considered a well-preserved valley, by its nature and traditional mountain way of life. In addition to a beautiful walk through these areas where you walk downhill while surrounded by the gigantic Mount Atlas, you can also see Setti-Fatma - the last small town that can be accessed by paved route. From here, all the tours that lead you to the amazing Ourika waterfalls start.