The Atlas Mountains are a mountain range in Maghreb. It is 2’500km long and crosses Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia. It is home to unique plants and animals in Africa, and located only 90 minute drive from Marrakesh. Once there, you can either explore it by foot or by 4x4. Depending your level, you can take part to many treks, some taking half a day, others three days. The local population in these mountains are called the Berbers, whom you can discover their traditional houses, their way of life and see how it has not changed since thousand years. Discover how respectful of the earth they are, and how they warmly welcome visitors. You can even choose to spend a few days in with them. Since going to the Atlas Mountains from Marrakesh would take you roughly 4 hours in your day, we advise you to stay overnight there. Some hotels can be found in the area, such as the Kasbah Tamadot, a 28 bedroom hotel which is located at the top of the valley with views up to the Mount Toubkal and traditional villages. There, you can either relax with a spa treatment, get cooking classes or do sport and excursions.
The best part of the year to go to the Atlas Mountains is in Spring and Autumn, where the weather is good and you can admire splendid landscapes. During the summer, it can be a good way to flee the average of 40 degrees in Marrakesh, but there can be thunderstorms and heavy rain. During the winter, temperatures are cool, however be sure to bring crampons and axes for treks above 3’000m.