Located in the Middle Atlas, Ifrane is also a popular holiday destination for locals. In the summer, there is a surprisingly cool breeze. Famous for its countless springs and the unusual architecture with its pitched roofs, Ifrane seems almost European. In winter, Ifrane is a popular ski resort. Walks, hunting and fishing trips as well as extensive ski tours are popular activities in and around Ifrane. A worthwhile excursion destination is the nearby national park with the two extinct volcanic craters of Jbel Mischlifen and Jbel Hebri. On the way to Meknes, a detour to the Blue Mausoleum is worthwhile.
Imouzzer is about 60 kilometers north of Agadir in a fertile valley. Imouzzer is Berber and means “waterfall”. In this regard, the city lives up to its name: visitors will find an abundance of argan, almond, olive and palm trees in this region of Morocco. The famous argan oil is extracted from the nuts of the argan tree, which only grows in this area of Morocco. The equally famous honey is refined with thyme, lavender or orange blossoms. The annual honey festival is a worthwhile spectacle. Imouzzer is also a popular starting point for hikes through an impressive landscape. The waterfalls of Tinkert Wadi, the gorge of Asif Tamraght and many other sights impress and enchant every visitor. Active athletes also get their money’s worth here: mountain biking, Horseback riding or (caving) climbing are very popular holiday activities. The Wintimdouine caves are a real paradise for climbers.
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The coast of Morocco
With a total length of 3,500 kilometers, Morocco’s coast lies on the Mediterranean Sea in the north and on the Atlantic Ocean in the west. Between Tangier and Nador you will find small rivers, bays, sheltered beaches and cliffs in the pleasant Mediterranean climate, which are ideal for swimming, fishing and boat trips. Al-Hoceima, M’diq, Taifor and Smir/Restinga are resort towns with good accommodation options. The Atlantic coast is rocky in many places, but also has good sandy beaches and sheltered bays.
Marrakech, the African Capital of Culture 2020, is one of the four Moroccan imperial cities. Marrakech fascinates its visitors like no other city in Morocco. In addition to a labyrinth of narrow streets, exotic palaces, museums and mosques, the “red city” offers countless sights. The minaret of the Koutoubia Mosque (12th century), the Medersa Ben Youssef, the Bahia Palace and the El Badi Palace, the Kasbah Mosque with the adjoining Saadian tombs are worthwhile excursion destinations. A visit to the souks is also worthwhile, as Marrakech is considered a center of traditional handicrafts. A relaxing destination are the many gardens. The famous Majorelle Gardens and the Menara or Agdal Gardens are definitely worth a visit. As night falls, Marrakech begins to throb. Then the Djemma-el-Fna comes to life. The heart of Marrakech beats fastest on the large square, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dancers, fortune tellers and acrobats perform, storytellers tell their stories and Moroccan specialties are offered in countless food stalls. Every year in autumn, the International Film Festival takes place, where international celebrities from the film and music scene appear. A variety of organized excursions and one-day or multi-day tours are offered from Marrakech. Excursions to the nearby Ourika Valley or to the cities of Essaouira, Ouarzazate and Telouet are worthwhile.
Meknes is one of the four Moroccan imperial cities. The city is surrounded by a 40 km long city wall flanked by towers and bastions. Because of its numerous mosques, Meknes is also called the “city of a hundred minarets”. The most famous sight is the city gate Bab Mansour. But also the Medersa Bou Inania, the mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, the museum for Moroccan folk art, the underground Qara prison or the huge horse stables of Heri es-Souani are worth seeing. The Jemaa el Kebir Mosque forms the center of the old town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Popular destinations outside of Meknes are the ruins of the Volubilis archaeological site and the Moulay Idris pilgrimage site. The Michlifen and Jbel Hebri ski areas are easy to reach.
An hour and a half’s drive from Marrakech is Oukaïmeden ski station, which, like Ifrane, is a high-end ski resort. Oukaïmeden has a beautiful landscape with high snow-capped mountains. Ski tours and mountain hikes can be undertaken from here. However, the ascent to the Jbel Toubkal with its more than 4000 meters is a challenge. On the way to Oukaïmeden, it is worth making a detour to Ourika or Asni at the foot of Jbel Toubkal.