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  • Countryside Untouched mountainside
  • Country life Rural as can be

Marrakech gives a very European impression of Morocco. Head just few hours out of the city and you'll find a completely different atmosphere.

Modernity isn't a big thing in the mountains south of Marrakech, where Berber culture is strong, and tourism mainly confined to trekkers. Two specific draws are the snaking road south to Taroudannt; and Imlil, Asni and Aremd, the Berber villages en route to the highest peak, the Djebel Toubkal. But sights aren't what the High Atlas is about – it's the views. Almond blossom at Ouirgane; winter snow at Ouïkaimeden; wild nature and traditional villages all year round.

Do go/Don’t go

There's skiing of a kind in Oukaïmeden in winter, though good snow isn't guaranteed. Trekking is best in spring when the almond blossom is particularly lovely. The cooler temperatures in autumn make this a good time too. High summer is still a good time for the mountains, unless you're intending to climb Mount Toubkal.

Getting thereView map

  • Planes Fly into Marrakech with BA, Air France or Royal Air Maroc. EasyJet starts daily flights from Gatwick in July.
  • Automobiles This is 4x4 country | and you'll pay up to 1 | 000Dh a day for a Suzuki or a Mitsubishi | though you're probably better off hiring a mule for the day unless you're used to the dirt roads. The best way to get out to the High Atlas is in one of the big Merc 'grands taxis'.
  • Taxis A 'grand taxi' will take up to six – explain first if you don't want to share with other parties. Establish a price for your trip before you set off.