Essaouira and the Magical South Itinerary

Day 1: Agadir – Taroudant

We’’ll meet in Agadir and drive towards Taroudant, a city of great history – always referred to as “little Marrakech” for its red walls and narrow alleys – built by the Saadian dynasty in the sixteenth century. Our explorative journey starts by visiting the Kasbah and the Ramparts, and then a walk through the alleys of the Medina. (Unlike the other Moroccan cities Taroudant has a Berber Souk and an Arab one). After the visiting the Souks we will visit the tanneries, before taking lunch at the main square. In the afternoon go for a carriage ride around the ramparts. Dinner will be in a restaurant outside the walls; overnight accommodation at a guest house.

Day 2: Taroudant – Dades Gorge

After breakfast in the guesthouse leave for Ouarzazat through Taliouine and Taznakht. Stop to visit the Safran Cooperative in Taliouine and carry on to Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah, the largest Kasbah in Morocco. Built by the last Berber chieftain El Glaoui Et-Hami in the late 19th century, it is now a UNESCO matrimonial historical site, which today still houses many Glaoui family members. Lunch by the Kasbah and continue to Ouarzazat, “ the Hollywood of Africa”. Here you have the option of visiting the studios to see props used in some movies you might have seen, such as “Gladiator”, “Jewel of the Nile” and “The Sahara”.

Day 4: Zagora 

Leaving Boumalne Dades your base in the Dades valley we’ll take the road to Tizi N ‘Tazazert pass where you can take in some stunning panoramic views of the Atlas. After lunch we’ll journey along the Draa Valley through its vast palm groves and ancient villages towards Zagora and your overnight hotel.

Day 4: Zagora and Tamegrout

After breakfast we’ll head southwards to Tamegrout. You’ll visit its underground village with its narrow dark streets lined with traditional homes built of thick earthen bricks made from wet clay and covered with a mixture of mud and straw. Visit the Islamic-book shop, the oldest in the area, which served as a school and the source of Islamic education. Our visit continues to the hand-made pottery works where you will see men baking the clay to make different pots and kitchen dishes, and making fire to heat them in high temperature.

Day 5: Zagora -Tata

After breakfast in the Riad, it’s in our trusty 4-wheel-drive to Tata, following the road of the famous Paris-Dakar race. This is a day to discover the variety of the Saharan landscape. Our adventure starts amongst the Sahara sand dunes of Chegaga and the famous Iriki Lake; stop off in the Bedouin camps of Chegaga for Mint Tea with the Bedouins, then cross the dry deserted lake of Iriki before we stop at the Hamada of Zguit for our picnic lunch. Continue to Tata for the night and our overnight stay.

Day 6: Tata – Tafraoute

After breakfast in the hotel, start your new day with a new landscape as if you are in a different country. Leave Tata and drive within Paradise valley, where you will see the Berber Nomads – living with the minimum of things – either in caves or in small tents at the bottom of the canyon. It is a real hidden valley with a hidden culture, a place with no sign of modern civilisation. Stop at the valley of Ait Mansour for our picnic lunch. After a short walk through the valley, continue to Tafraout . Overnight in a hotel in Tafraoute.

Day 7: Tafraoute

After breakfast, walk through the beautiful small village of Tafraout and the attractive valley of Ameln, a fertile valley with Argan culture. Meet the Berbers in the valley and taste the Argan oil – famous for its culinary, cosmetic and medical properties. In the afternoon you’ll visit the painted rocks created by a Belgian artist, Jean Verame in 1984.

Day 8: Tafraoute – Agadir

Day 7: Overnight in a hotel in Agadir and the opportunity to soak up the sun by your hotel pool.

Day 9: Tour ends after breakfast – departure to airport

We’ll drive you to the airport for your departure flight.

The tour includes all en-suite accommodation, breakfast and evening dinner.


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