12 unusual destinations in Morocco
12 unusual destinations in Morocco: From snow-capped mountains to vast green valleys, deserts, oases and golden-sand beaches… Morocco’s natural diversity is impressive whatever the season. The proof is in this selection of 12 unusual destinations in Morocco tours for every month of the year. A dream travel calendar. Let’s explore a whole new Morocco this year—one that is far from the typical tourist route!
JANUARY: VILLAGE OF TACHEDDIRT
Located in the Marrakech-Safi region, 7km from Imlil and 6Km from Oukaimden, the picturesque village of Tacheddirt is totally unknown to mass tourism. Fabulous gîtes nestled in the mountains welcome the few visitors who venture into the region. Every terrace offers sweeping views of the mountains. The landscape is all the more grandiose in winter when the mountain peaks are covered in snow. The village of Tacheddirt is the starting point for several hiking trails offering breathtaking panoramas of the High Atlas mountains.
FEBRUARY: IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF OUED AHANSAL
Nature lovers looking for an unusual experience in Morocco should not miss this little corner of paradise. The natural beauty of the Oued Ahansal becomes all the more majestic after the first rains of the season, making it a true hiker’s paradise. The most popular hiking routes in this region are : LE CIRQUE DE TAGHIYA, LA CATHÉDRALE D’IMSFRANE, LE PASSAGE BERBÈRE and LES GORGES D’AHANSAL. Oued Ahansal is also ideal for kayaking and rafting.
MARCH : AIT BOUGUEMEZ, THE HAPPY VALLEY OF THE HIGH ATLAS
Beneath the benevolent gaze of MGOUM, the giant of the central High Atlas, lies the longest and widest high-altitude valley in MOROCCO: THE AIT BOUGUEMEZ VALLEY. The valley is overlooked on all sides by several peaks over 3,000 m high. Its generous natural landscape stretches for more than 30 km and is home to 27 picturesque villages built of earth and stone. A unique location to find in Morocco during the spring.
APRIL: THE VILLAGE OF IMLIL
Situated at the foot of the famous Toubkal in the High Atlas mountains, at an altitude of 1,740 metres and 64 km from Marrakech, Imlil is perhaps the prettiest village in Morocco. A few small mountain gîtes offer a warm welcome to passing birds. Wherever you look, the panorama is breathtaking. Imlil is the starting point for several hiking trails for all levels, including of course the ascent of North Africa‘s highest peak: Le Toubkal.
MAY: THE AGUELMAM AZEGUZA GREEN LAKE
To get even further off the beaten track and discover authentic Morocco, head for the Berber lands of the Khénifra region. Lake Aguelmam Azegura is a genuine natural gem 30km from the town of KHÉNIFRA. Its location in the middle of the Ajdir Izayane cedar forest gives it a dazzling beauty and a distinctive blue-green color. This unusual little corner of Morocco is also a paradise for hikers.
JUNE: CALA IRIS IN THE EL HOCEIMA REGION
Head north this time for one of Morocco’s most unusual beaches! Cala Iris, 50km from AL HOCEIMA, is known for its heavenly beach and small islets accessible by boat or swim. This little haven of peace is equipped with a camping-caravanning site close to the fishermen’s village on the Badis beach site. Take advantage of your stay in the El Hoceima region to discover some of the most beautiful wild beaches in the north of the kingdom!
JULY: DRAGON ISLAND IN DAKHLA
Dakhla Bay, in the extreme south of Morocco, is one of the most magical and exotic places in Morocco. The meeting of the Sahara desert and the Atlantic Ocean has given rise to geological curiosities and extraordinary flora and fauna. Dragon Island is a place of extraordinary wild beauty. The white sandy beaches and turquoise waters give this place a Caribbean air. If you’re lucky, you’ll come across dolphins, pink flamingos and other animal species that call the bay home.
AUGUST: THE VILLAGE OF TIBOUDA
Located in the heart of Cap des Trois Fourches, Africa’s last frontier, and just an hour’s drive from the city of Nador, the small fishing village of Tibouda For those seeking tranquility, the Mediterranean region is the perfect destination. To reach the wild Tibouda beach, follow the coastal paths to a staircase carved into the rock. This unusual spot in Morocco is little known to tourists, which makes it all the more charming.
SEPTEMBER: THE VILLAGE OF AÏT AMER
The village of Ait Amer is the site of Morocco’s biggest annual Moussem: LE FESTIVAL DES FIANCÉS D’IMLCHIL. Close to the village are two magnificent lakes, TISLITE AND ISLI, made famous by the legend of an impossible love between a boy from the Aït Brahim tribe and a girl from the Aït Ya’za tribe. A colorful and emotional cultural experience that will certainly not leave you indifferent.
OCTOBER: FIGUIG OASIS
Located 5 hours from Oujda, the Figuig oasis is one of Morocco’s largest and most beautiful palm groves. The village is also home to some magnificent Ksars dating back 8 centuries, a cultural heritage still preserved from mass tourism. This unusual region of Morocco has preserved its authenticity, architecture and traditions, and promises visitors a timeless experience.
NOVEMBER: AGAFAY DESERT
Some thirty kilometers south of Marrakech lies a vast stone desert: AGAFAY, an unusual place in Maorc that tourists are only just beginning to discover. In the middle of this desert lies a surprising oasis known as L’OASIS ENCHANTÉE. Here you can enjoy horseback riding, camel trekking or hiking. Don’t miss a visit to nearby Lake Lalla Takerkoust! Peace and tranquility are guaranteed in this magnificent stone desert, with the snow-capped Atlas Mountains as a backdrop!
DECEMBER: TIGUELMAMINE THE ATLAS GLASSES
Just 35 km from KHÉNIFRA, lies a surprising natural setting: LES LACS JUMEAUX DE TIGUELMAMINE, also known as the “spectacles of the Atlas”. This unusual natural site in Morocco has the advantage of being relatively unknown to tourists. It is highly recommended that you take in TIGUELMAMINE’s splendor when the first snowfall blankets the landscape in white.