Because you can read about Marrakech anywhere…
So we all know that Marrakech is a totally amazing place to visit, no arguments from us here at The Flash Pack. But what lies beyond the tourist hotspots of this magical city is an enchanting world of mesmerizing Moroccan landscapes and forgotten towns. From mountains to markets, beaches to Berbers, there exists a richly authentic array of sights to behold and people to meet. For adventurous solo travellers, Morocco’s secret landscapes are utterly unforgettable and safe destinations to escape to with a close-knit group tour. Here’s a sneak peak of 5 places you’ll visit on our Moroccan group tour that you probably haven’t heard of, but after this glimpse of life off the Moroccan beaten track you’ll be longing to explore. Check out our Surf, Yoga and Hike Adventure to join us in going beyond brochures and discovering a deeper dimension of Morocco.
Imlil’s impressive view of the Atlas Mountains
In the striking dusty red landscape of the Atlas Mountains lies a small village known as Imlil, the ultimate hiking base to begin this Moroccan holiday. The trip’s first hotel, Douar Samra, can be found in Imlil, though its vibrant array of colourful cushions, draped Moroccan fabrics and twinkling candles are a far cry from your conventional hotel. Looking out to the Atlas Mountains, the view from its rooftop terrace will take your breath away as you find yourself sipping fresh mint tea in this stunning mountainous panorama. In true Flash Pack style, it combines authentic charm with true comfort thanks to its Swiss owner Jacqueline (who’s now a fully adopted local) knowing the importance of good toilets and a comfy bed.
Taroudant, the Mini Marrakech
Often described as a mini Marrakech, this Moroccan market town is an incredible town in its own right. Found in the heart of the Souss Valley with the mountains of High Atlas beyond, Taroudant is protected by mud red walls built in the 16th century that are still standing today, turrets and all. These walls now enclose a Moroccan maze of winding souk stalls, hidden archways and friendly artisans with stories to tell. Taroudant is a magical place for single travellers to immerse themselves in the bustling atmosphere, and there’s much less tourists here compared to a certain other walled city.
A Rockin’ good time at Tafraoute
Upon arrival at Chez Amaliya, the desert hideaway in Tafraoute (a small victory after the authentic lack of road signs), you may think you’ve accidently stumbled upon the set of a major Hollywood blockbuster. There’s certainly no need for any CGI here though in this vast rock-dominated landscape where palm trees, secret pools and angular boulders cut across the endless skyline. A true oasis away from tourists, day 5 of the group tour will take you to an actual oasis at Tiout where you can swim in the desert without a mirage in sight. There’s also Belgian artist Jean Veran’s painted rocks to admire, a collection of boldly coloured rocks that stand striking and usual against a backdrop that is already a work of art.
Kick back and relax at Legzira beach
Miles upon miles of desert coastline stretch invitingly along the Atlantic Coast where the blue shimmering ocean deeply contrasts to the dry, arid landscape running alongside. The golden sand of Legzira Beach is home to 2 natural stone arches, creating a dramatic backdrop of deep ochre as you arch into your next yoga position. Yoga is the perfect pastime to enjoy here with its total lack of tourists andpeaceful atmosphere of gently breaking waves and refreshing sea breeze.
Surfing and sunset yoga near Tiznit
The old fortified town of Tiznit is a highly under-the-radar destination which is rarely visited by your average tourist. Ksar Massa, the group tour’s final hotel, can be found north of Tiznit and is a coral-coloured fortress sitting pretty on 12 acres of golden dunes and sunset views. Local neighbours include fishermen living in the nearby caves where their hand-painted cave entrance numbers correspond with their bobbing fishing boats. The accommodation at Ksar Massa is a little more spacious, and there’s also a beautiful terraced garden and 2 swimming pools to enjoy. Though if it’s the ocean that floats your boat, day 7 sees a morning surfing lesson with awesome instructors to show you the ropes. Then its time to chill out doing some sunset yoga for a deep sense of serenity…yoga in your local park might never be the same again.
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