Where to stay in the Atlas Mountains

Where to visit in the Atlas Mountains

The Atlas Mountains, located near Marrakech, offer a striking contrast to the hustle and bustle of the Red City. These majestic mountains stretch approximately 2,500 kilometers across Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia. From Marrakech, visitors can easily access the splendid landscapes of the Atlas, characterized by snow-capped peaks, lush valleys, and picturesque Berber villages.

The highest point of this mountain range, Mount Toubkal, reaches an impressive altitude of 4,167 meters, making it the tallest peak in North Africa. Hiking and adventure enthusiasts flock to this region to explore its steep trails, admire its spectacular waterfalls, and discover the richness of Berber culture.

The Atlas Mountains also offer exceptional biodiversity. Cedar forests, alpine plains, and hidden oases are home to a varied fauna, including endemic species such as the Barbary sheep and the golden eagle.

For visitors departing from Marrakech, a day trip or weekend excursion to the Atlas is an ideal escape from the heat and bustle of the city. Whether visiting the traditional markets of Asni, strolling through the Ourika Valley, or staying in an authentic Berber guesthouse, the Atlas Mountains promise a rewarding and unforgettable experience.


    The Ourika Valley, located approximately 30 kilometers southeast of Marrakech in the Atlas Mountains, is a picturesque region renowned for its natural beauty and traditional Berber villages. Crossed by the Ourika River, it offers lush green landscapes, refreshing waterfalls and majestic mountains, ideal for hiking and exploring. Apple and walnut orchards thrive on this precious water. Visitors can experience authentic Berber culture in the villages, where local hospitality allows them to share traditional meals and learn about local crafts. The Ourika Valley is a haven of peace, perfect for relaxing away from the hustle and bustle of Marrakech, while enjoying the breathtaking landscapes and serene atmosphere.

  • Imlil And Mount Toubkal

    Imlil, located approximately 70 kilometers south of Marrakech, is a picturesque village nestled in the Atlas Mountains, serving as the main starting point for climbing Mount Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa with its 4,167 meters. Surrounded by spectacular landscapes, Imlil is the meeting point for hikers and mountaineers, offering varied trekking trails and breathtaking panoramic views. Visitors can experience authentic Berber culture, with traditional adobe villages, bustling markets and warm hospitality. Climbing Mount Toubkal, although difficult, rewards adventurers with breathtaking panoramas of the Atlas Range and beyond. Imlil and Mount Toubkal offer a unique experience, combining spectacular nature and deep cultural immersion, making this region a must-see for mountain and trekking enthusiasts.

  • Ouirgane Valley

    Ouirgane Valley Riad Hikaya

    The Ouirgane Valley, located approximately 60 kilometers southwest of Marrakech, is a charming region in the heart of the Atlas Mountains. Known for its lush green landscapes, olive groves and picturesque Berber villages, Ouirgane offers a peaceful and serene setting, ideal for relaxation and exploration. The valley is crossed by several hiking trails that wind through pine forests and majestic mountains, offering stunning views of the surrounding region. Visitors can immerse themselves in Berber culture, discover adobe houses, lush gardens and enjoy local hospitality by sharing traditional meals. Tourist establishments, ranging from comfortable guest houses to charming hotels, allow you to fully enjoy the natural beauty and tranquility of the Ouirgane valley, making this destination a true haven for nature lovers and culture.

  • Ouzoud Waterfalls

    Ouzoud Waterfalls Riad Hikaya

    The Ouzoud Waterfalls, located approximately 150 kilometers northeast of Marrakech, are among the most impressive and highest in Morocco, reaching a height of 110 meters. Nestled in a green region of the Atlas, these waterfalls offer a breathtaking natural spectacle with their multiple levels and pools surrounded by lush vegetation. Visitors can stroll along the well-developed trails that lead to the different viewpoints, allowing the waterfalls to be admired from various angles. The region is also known for its olive groves and small Berber villages where locals warmly welcome visitors. At the bottom of the waterfalls, there are restaurants and cafes where you can taste traditional dishes while enjoying the idyllic setting. The Ouzoud Waterfalls are a perfect relaxation spot for nature lovers, offering a refreshing escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, while still allowing you to experience the natural beauty and local culture of Morocco.

  • Aït Bouguemez

    Aït Bouguemez Riad Hikaya

    The Aït Bouguemez Valley, often nicknamed "the Happy Valley", is located in the High Atlas Mountains, approximately 250 kilometers northeast of Marrakech. This region enchants with its green landscapes, carefully cultivated agricultural terraces and traditional Berber villages. Known for its tranquility and natural beauty, the valley offers numerous hiking trails that allow you to explore majestic mountains and fertile fields. Visitors can experience the daily life of the Berber inhabitants, with their adobe houses, traditional costumes and legendary hospitality. Archaeological sites, such as rock carvings and dinosaur tracks, add historical interest to this already fascinating region. Local guesthouses offer comfortable accommodation and the opportunity to sample traditional Berber cuisine. The Aït Bouguemez Valley is a true hidden gem, offering an authentic and immersive experience, perfect for those looking to connect with the nature and culture of Morocco.

Contact Riad Hikaya to arrange private tours to all of these locations in the Atlas Mountains.

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