High Atlas: Places to Explore

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  • Azilal

    Azilal is a small garrison town used as a jumping-off point for routes into the southern highlands, especially toward the M'Goun Massif in the High Atlas, north of Ouarzazate. The pistes south of...

  • Beni-Mellal

    Ringed with fortifications built by Moulay Ismail in 1688, this rapidly growing country town nestles in the shadow of 7,373-foot Djebel Tassemit, surrounded by verdant orchards that are well...

  • Cascades d'Ouzoud

    No trip to the Atlas would be complete without a stop at these impressive falls, which are approachable from the S508 via the 1811. You will most likely hear the roaring water before you get your...

  • Demnate

    Demnate is a market center to which Berbers from the neighboring hills and plains bring multifarious produce, especially for the Sunday souk held outside the walls. Once famed for its ceramics...

  • Imilchil

    The joy of a visit to Imilchil is in the journey; however, if you find yourself in the area during August or September, you'll have an extra reason to visit. The September (sometimes late August)...

  • Imlil

    The village of Imlil is the preeminent jumping-off point for the high country, a vibrant mountain retreat whose existence has been given over to preparing walkers for various climbs around the...

  • Ouirgane

    Ouirgane is the most luxurious base for mountain adventure Morocco has to offer. It doesn't have the highest peaks, but it has a glorious choice of charming hotels and day trips that take in...

  • Ourika Valley

    A great day trip from Marrakesh, the Ourika Valley is prime hiking territory in all seasons, especially if you aren't up to hitting the heights of Djebel Toubkal. It's also stunning. Less than 20...

  • Tichka Pass

    The scenery around the Tichka Pass is peaceful and more low-key than that of the rest of the High Atlas. It's soothing and stunning in equal measure, a good bet for stimulating walks and a...

  • Tizi-n-Test

    The road to Tizi-n-Test is the most glorious mountain drive in Morocco. The route south from Ouirgane to Tizi-n-Test takes you through the upper Nfis Valley, which was the spiritual heart of the...

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