Insider Tips - Morocco

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Our top insider tips for Morocco:

 

For cavers

In the foothills of the Middle Atlas lies the Zegzel Gorge with its impressive caves and grottoes. A narrow paved road follows the course of the river and leads first to two caves, the Grotte des Pigeons and the Grottes de Chameau, however they can only be visited in the company of a guide (contact via the Conseil Provincial de Tourisme (CPT) de Berkane | Tel. 05 36 23 03 98)

 

Mystic baths

Visitors from all over the world now come to perspire in the oldest ritual steam baths in Essaouira, the Hammam Lalla Mira, which were once reserved for devotees of the ‘yellow spirit'. It operates today using only solar energy and is soley for the use of women between 9:30am and 7pm, however it can be used by men after 7pm if booked in advance. By the Lalla Mira hotel | Admission 10 DH

 

Impressive cliffs

Sidi Ifni’s local beach is immediately to the west of town. To the south, where the Sahara meets the sea, the beaches and dunes are almost deserted and great for exploring by 4-wheel drive. The best known is Plage Blanche (White Beach), which is 40km/25mi long. 10km/6mi north of Sidi Ifni is a real natural wonder: the bay of Legzira with its four spectacular arches carved out of the rock by the sea. It is a very awe-inspiring experience to take a walk through the arches when the tide is out. 

  

A sea of desert palms

Right on the Algerian borderand far off the beaten tourist track lies Figuig. The journey there from the nearest hotel in Er-Rachidia or Oujda in the north takes between five and ten hours according to the weather conditions. But the trip is well worth it for those who want a glimpse of genuine oasis life. Figuig comprises seven mud villages, around 150,000 date palms and is inhabited by 50,000 people, who live primarily from fruit and vegetable cultivation. The oasis is fed by around 30 artesian wells, whose water is led to the fields through a system of underground channels and ducts called foggaras. A stay here is very relaxing and calming and the locals are very friendly.

At the little village of Ksar el Hammam al Foukani is an underground hot spring (32°C) that can be visited. You can stay the night here (but don't forget to take a torch!) and eat at the simple, but authentic d’hôte Maison Nanna. The French-Moroccan couple who own it offer exciting excursions into the surroundings. The service is very good and it is clean and tidy. 6 rooms | Rue Ouled Sallam | Zénaga | Tel. 05 36 89 75 70

 

Experiencing a fortified granary

In Tizargane visitors can stay in an authentic agadir, or fortified granary. This impressive village dating from the 13th century sits atop a gill at Ait Baha, 48km/30mi north of Tafraoute. Up here there’s a wonderful opportunity for a really unique overnight stay: the Maison d’Hôte Tizourgane Kasbah is run by one of the village families and offers simple but spotless rooms at the heart of the Kasbah, including traditional evening meal. The hosts are really friendly, and the income they receive contributes to the restoration of the village and helps the families to survive. An amazing experience! 8 rooms | Tel. 06 61 94 13 50

 

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