From the Jamaâ el-Fna square to the Saadian tombs, through the palaces and dapper gardens, Marrakech is already awakening all the senses. However, getting away from its hustle and bustle and its neighborhoods sometimes flooded with tourists allows for other splendid discoveries. Taking a break a few kilometers from Marrakech will bring you to encounter wild, breathtaking nature and villages that have not lost any of their deep authenticity.
The Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou not too far from Ouarzazate is probably one of the most popular Marrakech day trips . Indeed, this gem is considered “the gates of the Atlas”. The town is therefore a perfect starting point for a ride (by camel for example) in the High Atlas.
But Ouarzazate is also a major filming location. To discover this facet of the city, head to Atlas Studios, film studios popularized in the 1990s and 2000s. Masterpieces such as The Mummy, Gladiator, Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra or Games of Thrones have all come to shoot scenes in the Moroccan heights.
Finally, end with a more authentic Ouarzazate, walking through the souks. Between spice stalls and artisanal products, you can immortalize your passage with a little souvenir.
A day in Mogador is also among the very well known Marrakech day trips. Essaouira is an important commercial port. And this since the Middle Ages. It is also a city of cosmopolitan inspirations, since many peoples have lived within its walls, in complete harmony. Stroll through the alleys, in the souks and by the waterfront to discover this rich past.
And before returning to the port for the sunset, you could also visit the women’s argan oil cooperatives. Located a few kilometers from Essaouira, a visit will allow you to meet the women who carry on this tradition.
A day trip from Marrakech to a few Berber villages allows for a very unique and profound discovery of the country. In the heart of the Atlas Mountains, visit the villages of Arempt, Imlil and Ouirgane. These mountain hamlets are still spared from tourism and very much anchored in their traditions.
You will breathe clean air, very different from that of the Red City, embraced by the peaks. The village of Imlil is the best known. Haloed by chocolate hills and similar to a mosaic of small pink cubes, this is the starting point for hikes that set out to storm Mount Toubkal.