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atlas mountains

atlas mountains morocco

Head south from Marrakech into the magnificent Atlas Mountains for a truly memorable holiday. 

We have taken hundreds of guests in to the Atlas Mountains since 2003 and know it well.  The hiking and mountain biking is spectacular and gives you an authentic flavour of this wild landscape, particularly if your route takes in one or two Berber villages.  Our expert guides will show you around and can tailor your adventure to all levels of experience and fitness.

For excellent service, luxury accommodation and a fabulous spa, we recommend staying at Sir Richard Branson's Kasbah Tamadot.

For those seeking less sumptuos accommodation (and prices!), but looking for an authentic yet comfortable alternative to Kasbah Tamadot, we would recommend La Roseraie.  For serious hikers, nowhere beats comfy but rustic Kasbah du Toubkal at the foot of North Africa's highest mountain.

We suggest combining a stay in the mountains with a couple of nights in exotic Marrakech, where we have a huge selection of luxury villas, or riads and hotels with spas.  Alternatively, head to the wild Atlantic coast (near Agadir) for superb beaches and surfing, or to the gorgeous ancient seaport of Essaouira

If you would rather stay in your own private villa, in the foothills, half way between the mountains and Marrakech, we have the perfect country villa for you, and a choice of two new excellent boutique hotels: Le Palais Paysan and the Capaldi

Let us know what you'd like to do or ask us for our ideas, and we'll put together a magical holiday to this most interesting of destinations.

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12 night trip around Morocco

From £2,320 per person
Explore hiking in the Atlas mountains, surfing and yoga on the Atlantic coast and the hustle and bustle of the medina in Marrakech.  More

5 nights and 3 days hiking Atlas Mountains

From £670 per person

This is a charming and peaceful mountain retreat hotel with gorgeous gardens and spectacular views is a great base for hiking. More

14 night Morocco tour

From £1,850 per person
Explore the hustle and bustle of the medina in Marrakech, hiking in the Atlas mountains and surfing and yoga on the Atlantic coast. More

7 night Marrakech and Atlas Mountains combination

From £900 per person
Enjoy some hiking and relaxation in the Atlas Mountains before heading to Marrakech to explore the hustle and bustle of the medina. More

9 night Morocco adventure, staying in the Atlas Mountains, Marrakech and Essaouira

From £995 per person

Discover three very different parts of Morocco on our 9 night Morocco itinerary. More

6 night luxury Morocco holiday

From £1,455 per person
Enjoy the ocean in Essaouira, the ancient city of Marrakech and the majestic Atlas Mountains - in style!  More


Weather and when to go

The weather is very changeable and depends on what elevation your planning to get to.  The High Atlas Mountains have a typical mountain climate with very cold winters from November to March and cool, sunny Summers. The Middle Atlas Mountains get a lot of rainfall, especially from November to February. Summer temperatures average around 25°C whilst Winter temperatures can drop as low as -20°C.

Everything else

  • Flying time from London to Marrakech:  3 hours
  • Currency:  Dirhams
  • Language:  Arabic and French
  • Visa requirements:  No requirement if your stay is less than 3 months as a British citizen
  • Time difference:  GMT +1
kasbah angour

kasbah angour

atlas mountains, morocco    room per night from £115

Kasbah Angour is a new addition to the accommodation options in the Atlas Mountains. Designed like a traditional Berber castle and perched on a hill-top, the kasbah has superb panoramic views. The lights of Marrakech can be seen in the far distance on a clear evening. Great for hikers.

kasbah du toubkal

kasbah du toubkal

atlas mountains, morocco    room per night from £135

Just 40 miles from Marrakech in the Atlas Mountains, Kasbah du Toubkal feels much further from civilization than that, perched as it is near the foot of North Africa's tallest peak.

la roseraie

la roseraie

atlas mountains, morocco    room per night from £150

Set in a fabulous mountain location, yet only an hour from Marrakech, La Roseraie is a charming and peaceful mountain retreat hotel with gorgeous gardens, a spa, and spectacular views. A great base for riding and hiking in the Atlas Mountains.

country villa

country villa

atlas mountains, morocco    3 nights from £965

Located near the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, overlooking the distant lights of Marrakech, this cosy 3 bedroom country house is ideal for families and small groups of adults.

kasbah tamadot

kasbah tamadot

atlas mountains, morocco    5 nights from £1,105

Spectacular mountain setting and total luxury. This exceptional Kasbah is the perfect place to experience the Atlas Mountains. Once you've had enough time relaxing by the pool or enjoying spa treatments, the Kasbah is ideally suited for lots of mountain activities and adventures.