6 days in Marrakesh and around. Draa Valley & Dadès Gorge?
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Mar 9, 2013 4:04 PM Last Post By: estebanjaramillop
Feb 11, 2013 1:23 PM
6 days in Marrakesh and around. Draa Valley & Dadès Gorge?Hi,
Me and my girlfriend will by spending 6 days in Marrakesh and around.
We want to spend just two days in Marrakesh, and the 3 or 4 around the area.
We would like to see the Draa Valley and the Dades Gorge, but we dont know if we will have ebough time. Do you think this is possible?
If it is, would you recommend us any specific itinerary or activities?
If it´s not, any recommendations?
Thank you very much for the advice!
Feb 11, 2013 3:23 PM
Feb 12, 2013 2:54 AM
2Personally I think the Todra gorges are more spectacular than Dades.
Feb 12, 2013 5:40 PM
Feb 13, 2013 1:05 AM
4Hi yes its totally possible and I think its great that youre wanting to do it as you will have a great time! - i work in London but travel over to Morocco whenever ive been able to - even for only 4 days - and fitted in a night in the desert even in that amount of time.
I like driving to see the scenery on the way - so its not just the locations ones headed for but also the route along the way (thats for people who say my suggestions are just sitting in a car all your trip! but you can stop when you see a photo stop, theres plenty of stops wherever I go to get pics or have a coffee and use the loo, or a village or kasbah etc to visit)
You can easily do a drive down the Draa valley, stay a night down there or stay at Ait Benhaddou when coming over from Marrakech drive down the Draa valley and then you could actually on your way back up the Draa valley turn off just before Agdaz and drive to Rissani and go to the desert near Merzouga for a night.
Then drive up to Erfoud and take the road to Tinejdad that becomes the Dades valley road that heads in the direction of Marrakech. Or drive on up to Er Rachidia to see the Ziz valley - thats worth doing actually - and then from Er Rachidia head for the Dades valley/main road heading for Marrakech. you could also stop at Goulmima for a visit of the huge kasbah/ksar village there.
If you have time you could drive up the Todra gorge road but I also personally think the Dades gorge road is much much more scenic and I love it - and theres a few hotels that I stay at and would recommend around there and if you mention I referred you theyd be pleased to see you - which is what is great about Moroccans who care about people, its not just the business and the money but they love to make connections and meet people - its very tied into their culture and traditionally a guest is a blessing so when its connections the good ones love it even more - so thats why I put info here so that travellers do get a better chance to experience the real Morocco.
if you didnt want to go as far as Merzouga/the desert, when you come up from the Draa valley you could still turn off just before Agdz and take the road that goes through to Rissani but take the road heading north from Alnif and that comes out on the Dades valley road not far from Tinerhr.
for the Dades gorge you could stay 2 nights and go walking, or drive on up further to Msemrir and back. or you could splash out and stay at gorgeous hotel Xaluca at Boulmane.
then heading on to Marrakech theres Ouarazazate - Kasbah Taourirt and or a film studio, then youre back at Ait Benhaddou.
The main road between Tizn Tichka to OUarzazate is rather scenic so if you do turn off to Telouet and go to Ait Benhaddou that way its worth doing the main road on the way back or which ever way you didnt drive it.
Hope this helps and gives you some ideas!
Mar 9, 2013 4:04 PM
thank you very much for all the answers.
I kept on checking them all along the route. Now that we are already back, I take the time to thank you all for your help.
We finally did: Marrakesh - Ouarzazate - Dades - Todra (although we couldnt do the treck because of heavy rain) - Marrakesh - Essaouira - Marrakesh. It was great! A bit dissapointed with they way we were trated by Marrocans but very pleased with the country.
Agian, thanks for everything and good travels!!
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