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We will start the journey from Marrakech and travel towards the west. The drive takes you deep into the mountains via a slew of hamlets and vast, mesmerizing landscapes. Indeed, the two villages of Asni and Ijoukak lie on the dramatic Tizi N’Tast Pass, the second-highest in the country. Cutting through the High Atlas, it connects Marrakech with the Sous plains and the desert. Your first main stop will be at the Tin-Mal Mosque, a twelfth-century monument close in spirit to the Koutoubia Mosque in Marrakech. Tin-Mal town from which the mosque took its name was the base from where the Almohads swept down to conquer Morocco. Your drive will continue via the mountains and then through the Argan fields in the Sous plains until you get to Taroudant. You will arrive in town by late afternoon.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
After breakfast at your hotel, you will have enough time for a visit to the town. Otherwise, Taroudant is known as “Little Marrakech” because of its color and narrow streets, and also because it was founded by the Saadians before they moved on to Marrakech. In fact, there is little to see in Taroudant, so the highlights are the ramparts, the Medina, and its alleyways and souks (markets). Afterward, you will leave Taroudant and drive again through the Argan fields where you are supposed to see herds of goats climbing Argan trees to feed. This scenic road takes you across the mountains to Tafraoute, a small gorgeous village which nestles in the Ameln Valley in the Anti-Atlas. The village is surrounded by red-granite rocks and is one of the most relaxed destinations in Morocco. After lunch in Tafraout or nearby, you will continue the drive to Sidi Ifni. You will arrive in town and get to your hotel by late afternoon.
Included Activities: The Guided Visit to Explore Taroudant.
After breakfast in your hotel, you will start the day by a wander within the town. Sidi Ifni is small and will not take much time to walk its decorated streets and step down to its beautiful beach. The town was built in the 1930s on a clifftop site, thus offering spectacular panoramic vistas of the sea and the area around. The most attractive about the town, as an old Spanish enclave, is the Spanish feel and the Art Deco Architecture (An Art Deco Townhall, Lighthouse, etc). The next three days of the trip will be along the coast. From Sidi Ifni, you will drive towards the north via Mirhleft and Tiznit to Agadir; but before getting to the later, you will stop at Souss-Massa National Park, home to a considerable biological and ecological diversity. The park comprises various plant species, mammalian fauna, and birds. Its lagoon, the Massa Lagoon, is an important bird habitat and is packed with flamingos, avocets, ducks, etc. You will arrive at your hotel in Agadir by late afternoon.
We will leave the hotel around 8 a.m. and go mainly to three places in the city. At first, you will go to the Valley of the Birds which is located in the center of Agadir and runs down towards the sea. It is, however, a lush green valley with a zoo, a waterfall, and a children’s playground. The valley draws a rich variety of birds throughout the year. As you finish wandering into the valley, you will end up walking by the beach. Afterward, you will head to a Kasbah which is atop a hill at the northern fringe of the city for a marvelous view of Agadir and the coast. Later, you will head off up to Essaouira, by way of the splendid village of Taghazout, Morocco’s top surfing spot. You will approach your hotel in Essaouira by late afternoon.
Essaouira, a laid-back Atlantic town, is quite interesting and pleasant to spend a day in or more. In the morning, however, you may begin first by exploring the old Medina. You will stroll down its beautifully decorated alleys and traditional markets, and discover also the wood workshops, jewelry stores, art galleries, etc. later, visit the harbor, and do not miss a walk along the beach. For lunch, a good range of cafes and restaurants are available which allows you to choose from a long menu including fresh seafood. You will drive back to Marrakech by mid-afternoon.
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