Atlas Mountains and Central Morocco – High peaks and deep valleys

From the Atlantic to Tunisia – the Atlas Mountains

Over the northwest of Africa, the Atlasgebirge stretches, from the Atlantic as far as to Tunisia. As a border to the Sahara, this high mountain range is a majestic sight, especially in central Morocco, which must be seen. Embark on an exciting journey between climate zones and get to know the country and its people in the midst of more spectacular nature.

Old settlements and unique nature

View of the waterfalls of Ouzoud in the Atlas Mountains in Morocco

View of the waterfalls of Ouzoud

The former capital Marrakech is situated at the foot of the mountains and is unimaginable without this unique panorama. Around the city lies the High Atlas mountain range, the highest point of the entire mountain range. As a dividing line between the humid north and the dry, hot Sahara in the south, but also because of the many raw materials such as silver, copper and hard coal, Berbers, the first inhabitants of Morocco, settled here very early. Traditional stories about the Atlas Mountains date back to antiquity, while prehistoric rock paintings indicate that the deeply cut valleys were inhabited even earlier.

The Atlas Mountains are the second highest mountains in Africa

On your journey through central Morocco, the mountains provide a harmonious contrast to the sand dunes of the desert. You’ll experience two breathtaking landscapes that harmonize perfectly. About 70 kilometres outside the city is the Toubkal National Park, named after Jbel Toubkal, Morocco’s highest mountain. Among mountaineers, it is considered relatively easy to climb and is suitable for gaining your first experience with a mountain peak in thin mountain air. The two-day ascent is rewarded with a unique view over the desert, villages and the surrounding national park. This one inspires with a variety of flora and fauna, such as the endangered Cuviergazelle, whose habitat is protected by the park.

Hikes in dreamlike scenery

 Dades Gorge in the Dades Valley in the Atlas Mountains Morocco

View of the Dades Gorge in Dade Valley

To the south of Morocco, the path leads over the Tizi n’Tichka mountain pass to the Kasbah road. Kasbahs are villages in the form of clay castles, which provided living space and storage space. This part of the mountain is called Antiatlas, while the northernmost part is called Middle Atlas. There is one of the most popular excursion destinations, the gigantic waterfalls of Ouzoud. They provide the backdrop for hikes and day trips, and the cheeky monkeys that live there make your face smile. If you walk a little off the beaten track, you can enjoy relaxing solitude here.

A perfect place for climbers and hikers

Climbing enthusiasts will find their favourite place in the Todra Gorge, near the oasis town of Tinghir. 300-metre high, partly vertically sloping walls offer numerous climbing routes in an impressive atmosphere. On the way to Tinghir you will also pass the world-famous Dades Gorge, which with its narrow serpentines has become the landmark of the region. Whether you’re looking for quieter walks or action-packed sports, adventure awaits you in the heart of Morocco. Combined with the fascinating royal cities and excursions into the desert, an unforgettable experience awaits you. You will also remember the warm hospitality of the Moroccans. Enjoy delicious couscous with vegetables and grilled meat – naturally eaten by hand – and bargain with the merchants on the souks, the Moroccan bazaars, always with a view of the imposing mountains.

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