Marrakech, Agafay & Atlas: An Introduction to Morocco

Home to a rich culture that goes so far beyond what you’ll see in the souks of Marrakech’s medina, Morocco is a place to dig beneath the surface. Within the craggy expanse of the Agafay Desert, deep within ancient Kasbahs and beneath the pared-back canvas of a Bedouin tent; this is where the real Morocco is found. As landscapes shift from snow-capped peaks to powder-fine desert sand, hit pause on everyday life, take a breath of that fresh mountain air and prepare for a sensory overload as we introduce you to this enchanting country. On this week-long journey, we’ll take you into some of some of our favorite under-the-radar spots with stays in some of our all-time favorite properties.

Explore the Medina

Your discovery begins amid the zigzagging, centuries-old streets of Marrakech’s Medina. Check into Moorish opulence at Riad Farnatchi and unpack and relax ahead of two nights here. Spend the next morning exploring the Medina alongside a private guide, stepping into the rich aromas of ancient tanneries and rich spice markets. Grab a bargain in the souks, looking out for handmade slippers and authentic Berber rugs, then, when you’ve had your fill, recuperate in the in-house hammam. Once evening is upon you, venture on to Jemaa el Fna, Marrakech’s main square for a bite to eat. You will find everything you could want, from the most aromatic tagines and flavorsome couscous to fresh fruit juice and traditional sweets. The air will be thick with the aromas of spice and charcoal, as well as the high-pitch tones of the snake charmers’ flutes.

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Desert Camp Bliss

Tomorrow, you’ll say goodbye to Marrakech and jump into a private 4X4 headed for the hills – or the mountains to be more precise. Driving out of town, the Palmeraie will soon fall away to reveal the rocky expanse of the Agafay Desert. Spend the night surrounded by the rustic-luxe comfort of Terre des Etoiles, before heading out on camelback, mountain bike or quad bike the next morning to explore your surroundings. Spend a couple of hours, cruising around the desert, discovering the oases and dry riverbeds that speckle the Moroccan landscape whilst the High Atlas Mountains loom large in the background. With your adrenaline building quite the appetite, return to camp for a hearty lunch of Moroccan specialities in a Bedouin tent overlooking the valley beyond.

Ending on a High

Waving a fond farewell to the solitude of the Agafay, you’ll carry onto your final stop, high up in the Atlas Mountains. We’re going out in style here with two nights at the beautiful Kasbah Tamadot, surrounded by palm groves and looking out over the mountains beyond. The soft breeze and fresh air that greets you here promises relaxation – that and the fireside bar and serene infinity pool. Cosied up in one of the luxuriously decked-out Berber tents, your love affair with Morocco will be sealed. Tomorrow, you’ll return home, blissed out but fully won over by Moroccan culture.

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