Morocco is a country full of character and charm, from the excitement of the souks in Marrakech to the quaint tea shops adorning the colourful streets. But on top of this, you’ll find a multitude of thrilling and active pastimes across the country, taking in the intriguing desert, towering mountains and rugged coastline. Take a look at some of our favourites to get your started.
Marrakech by air
For an unforgettable experience during your stay in Morocco, take in the wonders and beauty of the country on a tailor-made hot air balloon ride. As you gaze down at bustling cities and villages from the serenity of the sky, the panoramic views will leave you with wonderful memories that will last a lifetime.
Watch the sun rise on an early morning trip from Marrakech to the Atlas Mountains, crossing vast plains before reaching the high peaks of the famous mountain range. You’ll then enjoy mint tea and breakfast with local Berber’s before being transferred back to your hotel.
Saharan sand boarding
Think snowboarding, but instead of snow it’s sand and you’ll be under the warm Moroccan sun. If you want to give this thrilling sport a whirl you’ll need to head to Merzouga in the Sahara Desert where you can board down the mighty Erg Chebbi dunes, which stand up to 150 metres high.
Due to its distance from Marrakech, most visitors incorporate this adrenalin-filled ride with a desert tour from the capital, sleeping in Berber tents at the foot of the dunes and packing in a camel trek at the same time. If you have the time, this is an amazing travel experience not to be missed.
Camels have been used for centuries as transport in Morocco and you’ll have plenty of opportunities during your trip to take part in an exciting camel trek.
A sunset tour will take you from Marrakech and explore the Palmeraie, a picturesque palm grove adjacent to the city, stopping for a cup of mint tea with a Berber family. Or you can head further afield and spend the day at the foot of the Atlas Mountain range.
Get in the sea
Just outside the popular resort town of Agadir you’ll find the mini surfing empire of Taghazout. With an abundance of ex-pro instructors and fantastic surf spots suitable for complete beginners, you’ll be riding your first wave in no time.
Further north, three hours from Marrakech, is the port city and walled medina of Essaouira, the region’s prime destination for kite and wind surfing. You’ll have no trouble finding an enthusiastic teacher at one of the numerous surf schools along the beach.
Canyoning in the Ourika Valley
This high-adrenaline activity is fast becoming a popular sport around the world and Morocco serves up some excellent landscapes for the beginner. A 40-minute drive outside Marrakech, the Ourika Valley will have you scrambling through gorges, rappelling down waterfalls and wading through water pools in no time.
Professional tour operators can organise your transfer to and from Marrakech and provide all necessary safety equipment and training. Suitable for anyone over 15 years of age, an average level of fitness is required.
Horse riding in the High Atlas Mountains
Offering some respite from the hustle and bustle of the city, horse riding allows you to relax surrounded by nature. Starting at Tahnnahout, just outside Marrakech, jump on your horse and set about exploring the vast beauty of the High Atlas Mountains.
You can trek through forests of pine, juniper and oak trees and enjoy spectacular views over the Asni Valley and Atlas Panorama. Alternatively, enjoy a scenic route around Lake Takerkoust, crossing traditional Berber villages. You’ll enjoy a traditional lunch at the Imlil Valley overlooking the Toubkal summit before heading back to magical Marrakech.