Marrakech – Agadir – Mirleft - Taroudant - Marrakech
This Morocco coastal tour can be used as an extension to the larger main tour or as an independent itinerary for travelers aspiring to explore coastal wilderness of South Morocco
Day 1 MARRAKECH – AGADIR
Leave Marrakech after breakfast and in two hours we arrive to Agadir – one of the famous Moroccan resort towns on the Atlantic coast. It is especially nice to come here for relaxation after a busy trip around the country. The main attraction here is the beautiful bay of Agadir and its beach - 10 km long and 100 m wide strip of clean, dense sand that becomes an ideal place for jogging, sports and walks during low tide. Have lunch in many of the cafes and restaurants on the promenade. After lunch spend time by taking a swim during the warm season or getting a pleasure of nice long walk along the water or go shopping for souvenirs, products of local artisans, traditional Moroccan and Berber leather bags, shoes, jewelry made of silver and the semi-precious stones of the Atlas Mountains, shawls, clothes, fabulous lamps and cosmetics with argan oil. Spend evening strolling along the wide embankment - a place for evening promenades of both local residents and visiting tourists, or take a ride on a viewing wheel, and finally have a dinner at a restaurant of your choice.
Day 2 AGADIR – MIRLEFT
We leave Agadir to head south and can make a stop at the Souss Massa National Park to explore the coastal wilderness and fantastic bird-watching opportunities. The park covers the coastal strip of 65 km long and 5 km wide. The Massa lagoon is one of the important bird sanctuaries in Morocco and a home to flamingoes, bald ibises, sandgrouse, cranes, ducks and many other resident and migratory birds. Lunch in the village of Massa or picnic. When you continue going south, notice the change of colors in the surrounding landscape. The earth becomes red, the trees get lower, gradually turning into shrubs. Within couple hours we reach a small coastal village of Mirleft located 2 km inland from the ocean. Mirleft is a good place to relax, there is not a lot to do in the village, but there are a few things to do in the surrounding area. Although the place is popular with Moroccans during the summer, and with Europeans spending time here in winter, the area is still not touristy and the nature has been preserved untouched. Go to the large Mirleft beach to admire the views of the vast spaces of the ocean and the sunset. Accommodations and dinner in Mirleft will be arrange based on your preference.
Day 3 MIRLEFT Day trips to Legzira Beach and Sidi Ifni
Leave Mirleft after breakfast. The picturesque road from Mirleft to Legzira and then further to Sidi Ifni goes through the mountains, then crosses the wide valleys. Legzira is only 10 km south of Mirleft on the rocky coast. It is famous for its huge red-orange colored arches carved by the ocean in coastal cliffs. The place is still not particularly known to the general public, but well known among surfers and paragliders. Picnic at the beach or a café. Sidi Ifni is a little costal town with an interesting history and eclectic Moorish Art Deco architecture. It was the last Moroccan city surrendered by the Spain in 1969. It was called Santa Cruz de la Mar Pequeña and was kept under Spanish control even after Moroccan independence in 1956. Spain resisted a series of Moroccan attacks to take the territory in the Ifni War of 1957–58. It eventually ended in 1969. There is no special tourist infrastructure here, but you can walk in the old Spanish Town. Dinner at a restaurant of your choice.
Day 4 MIRLEFT – TAROUDANT
Leave Mirleft after breakfast to go to Taroudant, which is located in the Piedmont of the High Atlas. Rich in history, Taroudant is considered by as one of the most elegant towns in Morocco. Take a walk in the centuries-old medina with maze-like streets, pink-shaded walls around medina, majestic palm trees, vibrant Berber market, the tannery and its shops.
Day 5 TAROUDANT - MARRAKECH
After breakfast, have a caleche ride around the city walls or browse the artisanal and/or Berber souk, where you can find pottery, leather, spices, dried fruit, best in Morocco argan oil or honey, clothing, handicrafts, gold and silver jewels, and rugs of Berber nomad traders. Or, depending on your tour schedule, leave Taroudant early to have an early arrival back to Marrakech to make the best out of your time there. We will be taking one of the most picturesque mountain routes in the country going north over Tizi n’Test ( elevation of 2092 m) in the High Atlas mountains to Marrakech. Dinner and accommodation at a charming riad in the Medina. This concludes your Morocco costal tour where you can have a drive by the ocean and back through the mountains.