It pulsates. It lives. Market criers. Strange drum music. Small groups gather around a narrator. And in between, unthinking men and women alike, weave through the crowds and narrow alleys on their scooters.
The old square Djemaa el-Fna (by the way, translated as Square of the Hanged), has always been and still is the meeting place and marketplace of the inhabitants and traders of Marrakech and its surroundings. As with us in former times, the balladeers’ news from all over the world was exchanged. A testimony of this time is still the storytellers who dramatically, sometimes funny, but definitely vividly hawk their stories.
In the market and in the narrow streets of the medina, small stores line up door to door. Want a natural toothpick? Fresh green henna? Or maybe even saffron, the so precious spice grown in Morocco? There is a lot to discover here if you are not already besieged for hours in the first store by the salesman, who promises you everything and still conjures up a different shape, different size, or color from the last corner – all just so that you buy something and make him happy. It is a hectic city, full of smells, sounds, and crowds. But if you go into it unabashedly but confidently, you will experience these bustling people as warm, humorous, and open. Just don’t accept any offers of help, no matter how well-meaning. Because one thing they are special – the Moroccans: Inventive in the way to earn money.
There are beautiful gardens to visit around the medina beside a huge mosque. Let a horse-drawn carriage take you to these most beautiful places. The colors and diversity of this royal city will enchant you – and we will take you there – Africa North Journeys.
The 3-Day Morocco Desert Tour Program
Day 1: Marrakech – Tishka – Ait-Ben-Haddou – Ouarzazate – Rose Valley – Dades
Today we will pick you up in the morning from Marrakech and start traveling to Ouarzazate via Tizi n’Tichka Pass; the highest road in Morocco. We will stop to enjoy the panoramic views of the High Atlas Mountains and magnificent landscapes, scenery flavored by small Berber villages exemplarily of the region. After that, we will continue to visit the UNESCO Heritage Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou.
Afterward, we continue along the Road of One Thousand Kasbahs, heading into the Skoura oasis. Then continue to visit the Rose Valley, Where the acres of Persian roses are grown and reaped to breed rose water and creams throughout Morocco and other countries over the world. Continue to Dades Valley for an overnight stay.
Day 2: Dades – Todra Gorge – Tinjdad – Rissani – Merzouga Desert
Today we will meet you in the morning at your hotel in Dades, then set onto Todra Gorge, the spectacular gash in the hills that surrounds Tinghir village, to see the gigantic rock walls that changed colors when the sun unfolds. After a walk and a deep breath, we leave for the Sahara Desert from Merzouga. Here, we will head off into the vastness of the Sahara sand dunes on a camel caravan guided by a local guide, The desert camp sets between the golden sand dunes of the Sahara you will ride your camel and cross the high dunes to arrive at your camp in the middle of the dunes Nothing compares to the millions of stars, silence, and peacefulness of the Sahara. Later on, we will go to rest in a luxury canvas tent, feeling like stepping back into one of the stories from Arabian Nights.
Day 3: Merzouga Desert – Draa Valley – Agdez – Marrakech
After desert sunrise, we will be treated to breakfast before taking a shower and then we will leave Merzouga desert and drive to Marrakech. we will pass through nomadic villages, the towns of Anif, Tazarine, and N’kob. Next, we will continue to the spectacular Draa valley with its thousand date palms. Here we can stop to see the stunning view of the palm trees surrounding the valley. After that, we will head up to Marrakech, drive over the Atlas Mountains to Ouarzazate, and then reach Marrakech for a restful evening. Drop off at the airport or your riad in Marrakech.