Morocco is among the most picturesque places in the world. The landscape is rich and highly varied, and is definitely worth exploring. As a country of highly diverse culture, it is a magnet for tourists looking for an adventure. There are many ways to get around the country: one can take the train, ride a bus, or take a cab. However, the best way to get the authentic Moroccan experience is by foot. Walking in Morocco is a truly pleasurable experience, and is becoming more and more popular. Here are some options to explore this wonderful destination under the power of your feet.
This mountainous region is one of the most spectacular places in Africa. Stretching over 1,500 miles, the mountains provide a stunning backdrop to the nearby villages. High Atlas is an ideal destination to consider for those who are thinking about walking in Morocco.
Visitors can walk all year round, but for the most satisfying guided walks, the best time is from April to May. Jebel Toubkal, Africa's highest peak, can be found here. At very high elevation, guests will be rewarded with some of the most stunning vistas imaginable and the crisp mountain air will refresh the senses. In addition, High Atlas is the ideal place to learn about the rich Berber culture. Upon reaching Marrakech, one can see the rich colours of Berber houses - from camel to ochre to reddish earth tones.
For those who don't fancy the challenging trek offered by the High Atlas, a more relaxed alternative when walking in Morocco is Essaouira. This coastal town allows for easier walking with a smoother and less rugged trail. Lovers of the beach, tranquil waters, and fresh seafood will absolutely love this option. Because it is essentially a fishing town, the place has a unique holiday atmosphere no matter what time of the year. Every June, a renowned music festival is held in Essaouira, so expect it to be busy around this time of the year.
For those who are considering walking in Morocco, a guided walk on the Sahara is also recommended. This is among the most challenging treks here, but also one of the most rewarding. Imagine walking through the desert on an endless sea of sand dunes - it is an experience truly unlike any other. Dramatic desert views and golden sunsets are only some of the things that one can admire. The trip starts and ends in Marrakech and on the return trip the lovely village of Ouarzazate can be visited. This peaceful Berber town is known for its grand, dune-coloured buildings.
Walking in Morocco will allow you to get to know the country better than any other way. Like most countries, the nooks and crannies of this fascinating melting pot of culture is what is most worth exploring. If you are looking for a different kind of adventure, this could be for you.
Tony Maniscalco is the Marketing Manager for Ramblers Worldwide Holidays. Join us on a holiday walking in Morocco to see the most scenic locations & landscapes at the best value prices. We offer over 140 guided group walking holidays in over 60 different countries.