About Atlas Mountains
Morocco's mountain ranges are incredible areas of wilderness and beauty. As well as offering superb and breathtaking scenery whilst driving from one part of Morocco to another, the Atlas and Rif Mountains have some wonderful hotels and kasbahs to entice visitors away from the cities and coast.
The Rif Mountains of the north hide impressive Roman ruins of immense scale, particularly the site of Volubilis, a thermal spa at Moulay Yacoub and the lovely small town of Chefchaouen. The Mid Atlas and High Atlas both offer excellent trekking and a limited ski season (Ifrane and Oukaimeden). The High Atlas in particular, dominated by Mount Toubkal (North Africa's highest peak at 4167m) and the Tichka Plateau has high quality and intimate hotels, particularly in the Ouirgane area. Finally, in the southwest, not far from Agadir and the Atlantic, don't overlook one of our favourite locations - the Auberge de Cascades at Immouzer.
The Anti Atlas, the furthest south, is much less developed for tourism and although less dramatic in the size of its peaks it does offer unique scenery due to its totally different geology and its famous painted rocks; this region offers an opportunity to explore a part of Morocco overlooked by so many.
Which places are in which mountains ?
Rediscover Trekking - be independent with confidence!
For more than two decades Rediscover the World has been offering an exciting and comprehensive programme of trekking in the High Atlas. All of our treks are designed to be either individual stand-alone bookings or as part of a larger tailor-made holiday. This freedom of start date, duration and route means they are very popular with those wishing to enjoy the incredible beauty of the Atlas Mountain region at their chosen pace.
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Regions to visit
The Anti Atlas Mountains are a little off the beaten track, albeit popular among climbers. Visit on a day trip from the coast or on a more leisurely stay at one of the small hotels we have chosen.
The High Atlas Mountains are dominated by North Africa's highest peaks which tower above the Berber villages providing a backdrop for a relaxing break or some stunning hiking.
The Mid Atlas Mountains, between Fez and Marrakech, offer excellent trekking, a limited ski season and a beautifully scenic drive.
Cities to visit
Demnate is a small off-the-beaten-track town in the foothills of the High Atlas to the northeast of Marrakech. Here, the kasbah guest houses offer an ideal base to learn more of the Berber culture.
At the head of the valley leading up from the market town of Asni is the small village of Imlil. Surrounded by the imposing majesty of the Toubkal Massif it is the perfect start point for trekking.
Surrounded by magnificent waterfalls this hillside hotel is recommended for walking, bird watching, fossil hunting or merely putting your feet up by the pool.
Hotels to visit
S Potts, UK, January 2023
C Padgham, UK, November 2016
C Haynes, UK, March 2016
D Moorhouse, UK, May, 2015
D Moorhouse, UK, May, 2015