- Countryside Untouched mountainside
- Country life Rural as can be
Marrakech gives a very European impression of Morocco. Head just few hours out of the city and you'll find a completely different atmosphere.
Modernity isn't a big thing in the mountains south of Marrakech, where Berber culture is strong, and tourism mainly confined to trekkers. Two specific draws are the snaking road south to Taroudannt; and Imlil, Asni and Aremd, the Berber villages en route to the highest peak, the Djebel Toubkal. But sights aren't what the High Atlas is about – it's the views. Almond blossom at Ouirgane; winter snow at Ouïkaimeden; wild nature and traditional villages all year round.
Do go/Don’t go
There's skiing of a kind in Oukaïmeden in winter, though good snow isn't guaranteed. Trekking is best in spring when the almond blossom is particularly lovely. The cooler temperatures in autumn make this a good time too. High summer is still a good time for the mountains, unless you're intending to climb Mount Toubkal.
Planes Fly into Marrakech with BA, Air France or Royal Air Maroc. EasyJet starts daily flights from Gatwick in July.
Automobiles This is 4x4 country, and you'll pay up to MAD1,000 a day for a Suzuki or a Mitsubishi, though you're probably better off hiring a mule for the day unless you're used to the dirt roads. The best way to get out to the High Atlas is in one of the big Merc 'grands taxis'.
- Taxis A 'grand taxi' will take up to six – explain first if you don't want to share with other parties. Establish a price for your trip before you set off.