We’re proposing a long-weekend break in Marrakech, with a side trip to the ski slopes in Oukaïmeden one day. Your time in Marrakech is your own – Different Snow can organise accommodation, transfers, guides and take care of the logistics to get you up to the ski slopes.
However, there is so much more to Morocco and, having travelled the length and breadth of the country ourselves and with our trusted local partners we could also create a tailor-made itinerary to explore the country beyond just Marrakech and Oukaïmeden.
In the foothills of the Atlas Mountains you’ll find some remarkable upmarket retreats. Part-spa, part-boutique hotel, Richard Branson’s Kasbah Tamadot is a fine example, with its peaceful courtyards, intriguing staircases, landscaped gardens, breathtaking views and heated outdoor pool which, because if the year-around sunshine, remains a winter option. There are other mountain retreats, to suit most budgets.
Essaouira is a charming walled coastal town, its port dominated by a fairytale fortress. You’ll find characterful narrow streets, where brightly painted buildings are home to artists and craftsmen. There are some brilliant seafood restaurants to be discovered. Essaouira attracts a sporty crowd, drawn by its international reputation for excellent conditions for wind-surfing, surfing and kite-surfing.
More famous as a beach resort is Agadir, where more than eight million tourists are drawn to every year in search of a beach break. The stretch of coast here unravels for six miles and basks in 300 days of sunshine a year.
Fès is Morocco’s spiritual and cultural heart, a step up from Marrakech in many respects. This is a vibrant city, brimming with history and buzzing with life. You could easily spend days exploring the labyrinthine city centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site rumoured to have 9000 or so streets. It’s less touristy than Marrakech and its streets are narrower.
Casablanca is another city of international note, it’s name holding considerable allure. However, you’ll find it’s really not worth the trip.
Another wonderful option is to head out to a desert camp. C’mon, skiing and desert in one holiday – how cool is that!? The desert camps tend to be either ultra-luxurious or very basic, with not many options in between. In either instance you get to wake up in a tented camp in the middle of the dunes on the edge of the Sahara.
Different Snow can create a truly tailor-made itinerary. It’s up to you how much you wish to focus on the skiing only or how much time you want to devote to exploring the country and culture beyond. We know Morocco extremely well and using our expert advice and on-the-ground knowledge will create the perfect itinerary - for you. To see what we’ve organized previously for other guests, take a look at our sample itineraries. These serve to demonstrate what is possible; yet can be adapted to suit your interests, preferences and budget.
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