Morocco in April: Things to See and Do

Spring has well and truly arrived in Morocco if you visit in April, and you’ll find perfect temperatures across the country.

The cities will begin to get much busier but it’s not quite high season yet, meaning you can still find plenty of quiet spots to enjoy and you’ll have the added bonus of several festivals and cultural events.

The Weather

April is one of the best times of year to visit Morocco; in many respects the weather is perfect, especially if you’re travelling from colder climes. You can expect highs of up to 24 degrees along the Mediterranean Coast and, if you are lucky, on the Atlantic too, while many of the cities will be heating up throughout April as well.

If you’re heading into the desert or to the high reaches of the Atlas Mountains, then you’ll encounter cold nights, but temperatures during the day will be perfect for hiking and exploring.

Atlas Mountains

Festivals and Events

Merzouga World Music Festival

Head deep into the Sahara Desert to the small village of Merzouga on the Algerian border for a music festival like no other. This unique event brings performers from across the world to play to crowds amongst the towering sand dunes of Erg Chebbi at the start of April.

Fes Sufi Festival

April in the city of Fes sees the arrival of visitors from across the world looking to experience the Sufi Festival. This mystical branch of Islam is a cultural delight to learn about, and you’ll be able to join talks, see performances, and listen to music over eight days.

Things to See and Do

Sahara Desert

As well as travelling out to Merzouga for the music festival, April is a great time to experience the rest of the Sahara Desert, too. Daytime temperatures are hot, but not yet the oppressive heat of summertime, so you can enjoy the sand dunes in the temperate weather. Just remember, nights can get cold, so bring some jumpers.

Sahara Desert

The Mediterranean Coast

The Mediterranean Coast in April will have great sunshine and warm temperatures, but you can still enjoy the beaches without the crowds that appear later in the year. While the water might still be a little cold, you’ll find some great deals, and can enjoy famous beaches such as Martil, or head into the historic cities of Tangier or Tetouan.

Atlas Mountains

The high Atlas Mountains will be beautiful in spring, as life begins to emerge after the snow has melted and the flora is in bloom. The weather will be perfect for trekking, with pleasant days offering you great walking conditions to hike some of the best routes in the range. Nights at altitude will be cold, so you’ll need some warm gear, but daytime will be hot


Visit the cultural capital of Morocco in April, to not only enjoy the Sufi Festival, but to explore the best of this vibrant city. Things will be getting busy here, but before the high temperatures of summer, you’ll have the chance to visit the city’s famous palaces, mosques and historic sights in lovely conditions.


To find out more about visiting Morocco in April or to book your holiday, contact Epic Morocco today.

Morocco in March – What to See and Where to Go

March is one of the best times of the year to visit Morocco, with the colder winter weather being thrown off by the warm rays of springtime.

Travel to its vibrant cities for unbeatable cultural experiences or explore the temperate climes of the Mediterranean without the crowds.

The Weather

March is fairly quiet in terms of tourism, although the cities will still be bustling. Many travellers choose to hold off visiting until later in the year, as high altitude destinations such as the Atlas Mountains may still be snowed out and the Sahara Desert can be freezing cold at night, although very pleasant during the day.

The Mediterranean however, will be sunny and hot, and you might just find some great shoulder season deals too, while also finding that daily temperatures rise to well over 20 degrees Celsius.

Atlas Mountains

What to See

M’Hamid El Ghizlane

Found on the far edge of Morocco in the middle of the Sahara Desert, M’Hamid El Ghizlane is a beautiful oasis of green pastures and ramshackle mud-brick houses. In March, this otherwise unassuming town becomes the scene of the International Nomad Festivals, a wonderful celebration of local culture.

Sahara Desert

The Sahara Desert can be cold in the evenings and overnight during March, but you will find that it’s worth braving the chill for the pleasant daytime temperatures. Organise a trek through the sand dunes or go on a classic nomadic-style safari.


Morocco is home to some excellent beaches, and throughout March you will find that many of the best are still very much under-visited despite ever-warmer temperatures. This is a great time to experience the coast without the crowds. Head to Agadir to experience a usually bustling shorefront or relax in the sun at Martil, one of the Mediterranean’s most popular coastal haunts.

Where to Go


Perhaps the most well known city in Morocco is about to get busy, but in March, you will still be just ahead of the game and will be able to enjoy this incredible cultural and historic destination without the crowds. Explore the authentic markets, try the local cuisine, and even use the city as a base to head out into the Sahara Desert or into the high reaches of the Atlas Mountains.



Tangier is a famous place, but a destination that fell off the tourism radar in Morocco in recent decades despite its bohemian past. Overlooking the Strait of Gibraltar, this is where cultures clash and where history collides. In March, with the cool weather, you have the perfect conditions for exploring the busy streets of Tangier on foot.


On the shores of the Mediterranean, Tetouan is a diverse coastal city with a wonderful history to explore. The main sight here is the UNESCO World Heritage Medina, where you can explore the past and the present through its culture, vendors and architecture. Tetouan is also located close to some of the best beaches in Morocco, and you can easily use the city as a base to visit beautiful stretches of sand such as those found at Martil.

To find out more about the fantastic things to see and do in Morocco during March or to book your Moroccan adventure, contact Epic Morocco.

Morocco in July – The Best Things to See and Do

Morocco has great weather all-year-round, but in July, this country experiences plenty of heat. While hot weather may not be for everyone, July in Morocco offers plenty of activities, unique desert experiences, and cultural charm. Here’s what to see and do in Morocco if you’re visiting during July.


Escape the big city crowds by lounging around this coastal town. The ocean breeze will help you cool off as you wander around the city and check out the medina. Pop into the art galleries to escape the July heat, and marvel at the beautiful works of architecture as they shade you from the sun.

Sunset over the ocean in Morocco

Spend The Night in The Sahara Desert

While the hot desert may be the last place you want to visit in July, it actually is a top choice, especially at night. When the sun goes down, the weather becomes so cool that you may need a jacket to keep warm. If you can handle the heat during the day, take a camel ride or a tour. At night, stay in a luxury camping tent and enjoy mint tea, authentic food, and local entertainment.

Camping in the Sahara

Lounge on Saidia Beach

When it’s hot in Morocco, it’s best to head to the beach. There are quite a few but Saidia is one of the prettiest. It can be found along the Mediterranean coast and comes alive during the summertime. Grab a beach umbrella, a cold drink, and give yourself plenty of time to play in the ocean waves.

Visit The Waterfalls

Morocco is home to quite a few refreshing waterfalls. Just standing close to the spray is enough to cool you off from the summer heat. The top falls to visit are Ouzoud Falls, which stands at 100 meters high. There’s also Ourika Valley, Paradise Valley, Akchour Waterfalls, and Oum Rabia Waterfalls. If you’re feeling especially brave, take a dip to beat the heat.

International Cultural Festival

Asilah, a town along Morocco’s coast, is a haven for artists and creatives, and is the location of the International Cultural Festival. The walled city is full of murals, and draws in artists from all around the world. During this two-week event, the artists turn public spaces into creative works that can be enjoyed by everyone.

Artist on the street

Timitar Music Festival

This festival takes place on the Atlantic coast city of Agadir. It’s one of the largest music festivals in the country, and stretches over the course of four days. That’s four full days of music and culture that you’ll share with over 800,000 other people.

Alegria Festival

Depending on the year, this festival can fall during the month of July. It takes place in Chefchaouen, a town famous for its bright, blue buildings. The festival celebrates cultural expression, art, and music amongst a beautiful setting. Various cultures from Africa, southern Mediterranean, and Latin America come together to share their stories, music, and artwork.


Morocco in July is hot but it’s worth a visit because the country is buzzing with activity. It’s a popular time for tourists and interesting festivals. Find a few ways to keep cool and brave the heat to experience this great country in the summer.


Morocco in December – What to See and Where to Go

December is a great month for a Moroccan adventure if you prefer the comfort of cooler weather and fewer crowds. The northern coastline boasts a Mediterranean climate, so it tends to be pleasant throughout winter, but never too hot. For winter sun seekers, there’ll be plenty of sunshine hours during the day. And whilst conditions aren’t ideal for sunbathing on the beach, it’s the perfect time for exploring Morocco’s magical cities, bustling markets, and traditional Berber villages.


Here’s everything you need to know about visiting Morocco in December. Including what to see, where to go, and what to pack in your suitcase.


Morocco is a land of extremities, so expect a contrast in climate during the winter months. This is when you can expect the peaks of the Atlas Mountains to be blanketed in snow, yet still relatively warm at other altitudes. The contrasting weather means that mountain expeditions may not be suitable for everyone at this time of year. For experienced outdoor enthusiasts though, snow trekking can be a challenging, rewarding activity with some of the most spectacular views.

Despite being in December, the Mediterranean coast will be lovely and warm during the daytime (though it can turn chilly at night). The climate in the Sahara is at its most extreme; hot and dry in the day and close to freezing after sundown. If you’re moving around or going on a Moroccan tour, average temperatures and rainfall can vary somewhat from city to city. So be sure to check the weather forecast for each destination.

Here are some of the averages you can expect, although it can change from year to year.


Low – 8°C

High – 20°C

Rainfall – 6.5 days


Low – 6°C

High – 17°C

Rainfall – 9 days


Low – 10°C

High – 19°C

Rainfall – 7 days


Low – 13°C

High – 20°C

Rainfall – 4 days 

What to Do

There are so many things you can do in Morocco in the month of December, and the cooler weather makes it easier to travel around. It’s true that rainfall is higher, but still very low compared to winter in other countries, and the pay-off is that you’ll miss the tourist rush. So this is the perfect time to be out and about. Here are a few ideas to inspire your next trip.

Trekking in the Sahara

Winter is a great time of year to go trekking in the Sahara Desert, with December being a favourite amongst travellers. Whilst it can still get hot during the day, it’s much cooler than the summer months. Making it much more comfortable for young children, and anyone who is particularly sensitive to the heat or prone to heatstroke. You can also arrange camel tours at sunrise or sunset, So don’t forget to pack your camera to capture those beautiful hues.


Atlas Hiking

Ait Bougmez Valley in the High Atlas Mountains is wonderful in the summer, proving to be a nice respite away from the heat of the cities. In winter, it can get a little chilly with temps swinging from 3°C to about 15°C. But it’s still a great destination if you’re interested in exploring the great outdoor space in Morocco. Trekkers refer to this area as “The Happy Valley” and this is due to the friendly local people, who are always welcoming of tourists. A guided hiking tour is recommended if you want to get the most out of your time here, and if you want an English speaking host to give you all the insider tips.

City Tours

December is without a doubt one of the top months to go sightseeing. With cooler temperatures and smaller tourist crowds in winter, there’s no better time to explore the imperial cities on foot. From the Art Deco buildings of Casablanca to the colourful tanneries in Fez, every city has its own unique charm.

fez morocco

Stay in a Traditional Riad

Riads are as authentic as it gets in Morocco. These traditional houses or palaces feature stunning architecture with intricate designs, and all have an interior garden or courtyard for guests to use. Book before Christmas and New Year and you’ll be privy to the best off-season discounts too. This is a great idea for a romantic break, or for a relaxing spa weekend.

Go Skiing

One of Morocco’s best-kept secrets is its ski resorts. An unlikely destination for the skiing crowd, you shouldn’t expect the glamour or the high-end facilities of somewhere like Val d’Isère. But instead, a charming place that relies completely on natural conditions. There is no artificial snow production, so the weather controls the seasons each year. Moroccan resort times such as Ifrane, Oukaimeden and Tazaghart are determined by snowfall, so the later in the year you go, the better chance of snow coverage. But generally speaking, the season starts in December and ends in March or early April.

snow morocco

Where to Go

The beaches in December are usually quiet. If you enjoy beach walks with no-one else around, you might find the coastal resorts to be bliss. But most people like to visit the cities during the winter season. With the intense summer heat out the way, this is the perfect time for urban exploration. Here are some of the places to go.


There are fewer places for more exciting than Morocco’s capital. Loud, bustling, and bursting with atmosphere, it’s a fun place for all ages. Go shopping at the markets surrounding Jemaa el-Fnaa, and head back there in the evening for some tasty street food. Visit the spectacular Majorelle Garden, see the Koutoubia Mosque, and go sightseeing at the Saadian Tombs. At night, there are number of restaurants to try, as well as unbeatable nightlife. From the city, it’s possible to book guided tours of the Atlas Mountains too.


Make sure you spend plenty of time on foot when in Casablanca. The beautiful Art Deco buildings are better seen when you’re walking, and this way you won’t miss all the lovely pavement cafes. Be sure to see the 1930s Cathedrale Sacre-Coeur, the Hassan II Mosque, Palace Mohamed V, and the charming medina district. You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to boutique hotels, riads, spas and Hammams too, making it a great city for relaxation.



The former capital of Morocco is a must if you’ve never been before. It’s the oldest of the imperial cities, and it remains as the spiritual and cultural heart of the nation. Discover its intricate maze of tiny streets, hidden souks, striking monuments and the old tanneries. Be sure to spend at least a day exploring Fes el Bali, the old medina, and also home to palaces and mosques. Head to Art Naji to watch the making of the region’s distinctive blue pottery, take a walk around Medersa Bou Inania, and soak up the sights at Rue des Mérinides.


Any time of year is good to visit this city in the Rif Mountains. But December is best if you’re looking to escape the tourist crowds. It gets quiet here in winter as temperatures drop. But you can still expect highs of around 16°C, which is nice and comfortable for sightseeing. Book a guided tour to learn more about the blue-washed buildings, explore the Old City and go shopping at the traditional souks, or take the Cascades d’Akchour trail for some stunning natural scenery.



Get lost in the High Atlas region and spend a week exploring Taroudant. Famed for its pretty pink houses, fortified walls and winding streets, it’s one of the most unique cities in Morocco. Known as the “Grandmother of Marrakesh” for its similarities to the capital, it’s an exhilarating alternative if you’ve already seen all you want to see below. And more traditional than Marrakech, this is one of the rare places you can get a taste of unspoilt Berber life. There’s a bustling Berber market every Thursday and Saturday, and there’s a very relaxed atmosphere here. The pace is much slower and the locals are extremely friendly.


The city of Tangier is the perfect off-the-beaten-path destination, and the weather is excellent in winter. Although it can rain in December, temperature highs can be 18°C or higher and the sun is always out. Tangier is relaxed, laid-back and slightly hipster, popular with some of the most renowned writers and artists throughout modern history. It’s an ideal place to stay if you like your cities to have a bit of edge. Don’t miss the Caves of Hercules, the Dar el Makhzen museum, or the breath-taking views from Cap Spartel.



With its gorgeous coastline, wide sandy beaches and pleasant winter weather, Essaouira is a great destination for December travel. It can get a bit windy for beach sunbathing, but kite flying is a hugely popular activity. The great thing is beaches and resorts are generally quiet around this time of year, so you won’t have to deal with huge tourist traffic and you’ll never struggle to get a table. The port town is excellent for restaurants, so foodies will enjoy discovering new flavours here. The vibe here is laid-back and sleepy, so if you’re looking to wind things down, Essaouira is ideal.

Festivals & Events

Another reason to travel to Morocco in December is because there is always something going on. With it being a Muslim country, Christmas isn’t celebrated in many places but there are plenty of other events to pique your interest. Including a film festival and some fun things to do for New Year’s Eve. Here are some of the events taking place each year in December.

Tan Tan Moussem

The Tan Tan Moussem is an annual gathering of over thirty different tribes from Morocco’s southern region. Taking place in the city of Tan Tan every December, this event is a celebration of traditional Berber culture. The main draw for the tribes is camel trading, but there are also other exciting things taking place throughout the festival. Including weddings, inter-tribal competitions and games, traditional Berber re-enactments, and plenty of music and dancing.


Marrakesh International Film Festival

This international film festival takes place in Marrakech every year and is one of the biggest events in the country. It makes way for film stars and Hollywood actors/actresses, and features a competition and awards for new talent. Created in 2001 by His Majesty King Mohammed VI to promote the arts in Morocco, this festival is now one of the best in the world. Tickets are open to film professionals, press as well as members of the public.

New Year’s Eve

Another great event not to miss in Morocco is New Year’s Eve. Whilst Christmas isn’t widely celebrated, Morocco is a popular destination during the festive period. So expect it to get a little busier later in the month. By New Year’s Eve, some cities could become crowded again. Here, it’s tradition to see in a brand new year sitting under the stars in the desert. So if you’re interested in exploring the sights of the Sahara, December could be the perfect time. Or if you prefer to stay in the cities, you’ll find plenty of rooftop spots to celebrate and enjoy a delicious meal.

What to Wear

December weather is still wonderful in Morocco, with most of its cities and port towns experiencing warm daytime temperatures and hours of glorious sunshine. But it can get cold in the evening, so it’s recommended that you pack light jackets and layers. Rainfall is also at its highest in the winter season, so bringing a lightweight waterproof and an umbrella could also be wise.

A good thing to remember is that the weather can get unpredictably hot some years, so your summer/beach wardrobe will still be useful. Even when it’s not hot, the sun can still be strong so UV protective clothing, sunglasses, hats and sun cream are a must.

For anyone going on a desert adventure, remember that it can be close to freezing at night time. For desert treks or overnight camping, you will need to bring a warm coat and thermal layers.

If you’re planning on visiting Morocco and would like expert advice then please email us or give us a call on +44 (0)208 150 6131. Alternatively, fill out our booking form here


Everything You Need to Know About Todra Gorge

Todra Gorge, also called Todgha Gorge, is a natural oasis in the mountains of Morocco. Made of limestone and split by the river bed, it’s one of Morocco’s top attractions for visitors. The walls of the gorge are towering, and the river bed is dried, allowing visitors to walk through the landscape most of the year. The entire area is a paradise for photographers, and hikers and climbers have grown to love it. If you’re planning to visit Todra Gorge, here’s everything that you’ll need to know.

Interesting Facts


• The Dades Rivers are responsible for creating the Todra Gorge.

• Many of the canyon walls can reach 400 meters in height.

• The last 600 meters of the gorge is the most beautiful.

• There are more than 150 bolted routes for rock climbers.

• The gorge was featured in the premiere of the T.V show, Expedition Impossible.

• It was featured in a 2012 Cadillac CTS advert.

• Visitors can stay overnight at the mouth of the gorge.

• The surrounding area of the gorge is home to Berber tribes.


Where is Todra Gorge


The Todra Gorge is located in eastern Morocco, in the High Atlas Mountains. The closest town is Tinerhir, and the Dades Rivers are close by. If you’re traveling between Ouarzazate and Erfoud, you can easily stop off to visit the gorge. However, Tinerhir is an ideal base from which you can explore the gorge.


If you’re flying in, Ouarzazate International Airport, is the closest as it’s under three hours away by car. Marrakech International Airport is another, more popular option as there are more flights coming in and out. It’s about 402 kilometers from the town of Tinerhir. If you have a car, you can take the P32 highway from Tinerhir heading towards Er-Rachidia and Erfoud. Drivers will be able to follow the signs towards Todra Gorge, passing the village of Tizgui along the way.


When To Visit Todra Gorge


The best time of year to visit the gorge is during Spring and Autumn. This is when the weather is the nicest, but also when the most tourists come. You may be better off coming during the summer, when it’s very hot, or the winter, when it’s quite cold, to avoid crowds. March through November is said to be one of the best times to visit. Since there is no snow here, visitors can come from December through February and still enjoy their stay. However, nights tend to get much colder during this time. If you plan on staying in a hotel instead of outside, this might be a great option, especially if you’re trying to avoid the crowds.


During July and August, temperatures can get up to 30 degrees celsius. You may also want to avoid visiting during Ramadan which takes place in May and June, and April and May. Many businesses shut down during this time.


What To Do in Todra Gorge


From hiking and rock climbing to photography and local culture, there is plenty to do while visiting. Here are some options for making your trip to Todra Gorge more interesting.


Shop For Carpets: Berber carpets are ornate, beautiful, and make fantastic souvenirs. There’s a kasbah located near the gorge, and local villagers set up shop with their handmade carpets. Before you leave, make sure to take a look, do a little haggling, and snag yourself a great deal on a new item for your home.


Hiking: There are hikes for all levels around in the gorge. Most people go with tour groups or guides who show them around. The hikes will take you throughout the valley and up to the top of many of the limestone walls. Some of the trails are more like walks than hikes, but the scenery is beautiful regardless.


Have a Picnic: If you want to spend a little time soaking in the scenery, pack a picnic. You’ll probably see other visitors scattered around the gorge having lunch with their friends and family. This is a great way to spend some time here without spending a lot of money at a restaurant.


Go Camping: If you love the outdoors and adventure, you may want to camp instead of staying in a hotel. There are a few tour companies who can set this up for you. The warmer months are better for spending the night outside. Stargazers and photographers tend to love this option.


Rock Climbing in Todra Gorge: This is one of the best spots in the world for rock climbing. There are more than 100 official routes that allow climbers to experience the gorge safely. There are routes for every level, many of which include multi-pitch routes. Beginners are welcomed here too as the gorge is a great place to learn. The Todra Gorge uses the French Sport Grade, so make sure that you have a grade conversion chart. While there are tons of rock climbing routes, here are a couple of the popular options:

• Saracosta: This route is located on Plage Mansour and starts off on a slab-like face. It ends up on an overhanging corner that has fantastic holds.

• Voie Albert: This one of located in the center of the gorge. Climbers will head up Pilier du Couchant with an 8-9 pitch mixed climb.

• Chibania: Best for well-seasoned climbers, this route goes up the right side of Pilier du Couchant and offers stemming on the crux pitch, as well as face climbing.

• Big Ben: This climb will take you up Jardin D’Hiver. It starts off with a ledge, and follows up with a steep second bulge. The anchors have pockets and there are crimpy holds.

• Docteur Excentrique: This climb is classic, especially for those who like picturesque scenery. Climbers will start with a flake, go up through the overhanging roof, and finish over the bulge.

• Je Abidul: This route is a long classic that offers incredible views of Jardin D’ete. It has a crux right before the anchor, and will require a 70m rope.


Todra Palmeraie: This stunning landscape is a must-see if visiting Todra Gorge. It’s lined with palm trees, small villages, olive groves, and vegetable gardens. Give yourself a couple of hours to wander around the area by foot and enjoy the scenery.


Ikelane Mosque: Located two kilometers from Tinghir, this mosque is one of the most beautiful in southern Morocco. There’s a prayer hall, a skylight dome, terrace, classroom, and a well. The structure was used as a school for small children, a high school for those studying the Koran, a mosque, and a hostel for students. The mosque was once abandoned but has been under restoration throughout recent years.


Amtoudi Village: Home to around 300 families, this Berber village makes a great stop when visiting the gorge. The land is dotted with farms and irrigation systems that help grow figs, olives, apricots, dates, and almonds. Overlooking their village is an ancient grain facility which is partly what sets them apart from other villages. It’s a bit off the beaten track, but local guides are happy to show visitors around.


Aït-Boujane: Located in the valley of Todra, this ancient village is a beautiful sight and interesting destination. Visitors will get to see a lineup of mud houses, palm groves, and a lovely mountain backdrop. Tours can be had by foot or via camel.


Tinghir Weekly Market: This is one of the largest markets in southern Morocco. If you’re using Tinghir as your base, it’s worth sticking around to explore. The market has been around for centuries and sells local crafts, livestock, dates, olives, fruit, and grain. The big market happens on Mondays, and the cattle market takes place on Saturday. Aside from food and produce, visitors will also find handmade, traditional clothing, sandals, furniture, woven mats, teapots, toys, kitchen items, bikes, craft tools, seeds, plants, spices, mineral salt, henna leaves, eggs, poultry, baskets, scarves, makeup, pottery, and antiques. Don’t forget to stop into one of the makeshift cafes for some mint tea.


Dades Gorge:  Alongside Todra Gorge, this is one of the best in Morocco. This gorge can be wide and low, but in some areas, the walls are massive. Take a drive through the area and stop off at villages along the way.


Ouarzazate: While a little bit farther away from Todra Gorge, Morocco’s, Little Hollywood, is a great destination to add to your trip. You can visit Ben Haddou, one of the top Game of Thrones movie set destinations. Pop into the Telouet Kasbah, a historically significant building that has since fell to abandonment. Visitors can also check out the film studio, tour the desert on camel, or drive a 4×4 into the dunes. It’s a great stop for an adventurous day while visiting Todra Gorge.


Erfoud: This town is another great place to stop on your journey to Todra Gorge. It is known as the Gates of the Sahara, and has plenty to see. Visit the Royal Palace, the bustling souq, the renowned fossil collection, and the Jewish cemetery. Stop off at one of the street cafes, or head into the desert for a 4×4 ride. The town is also well known for its food and drink options so make sure to wander around and have yourself a delicious meal.



Where To Stay


There are quite a few accommodation options around the Todra Gorge. From hotels to guest houses and camping, visitors will have their choice. Here are some of the top options:

• Auberge Le Festival Todra Gorge: Top-rated hotel with outdoor pool, terrace, onsite restaurant, private bathrooms, and a historic decor.

• Kasbah Maison D’hôte Lalla Zahra: Popular with couples, this hotel has private parking, WIFI, some rooms that overlook the mountains, a terrace for dining, and options for biking and windsurfing.

• Berbere De La Montagne: A campsite in the Dades Gorge. It’s quite small but has shot showers, western toilets, a lounge, restaurant, fireplace, and a place to charge cell phones and camera batteries.

• Palmeraie Guest House: Located in Tinerhir, this guest house has a sun terrace and mountain views. There’s a restaurant onsite, gardens, and traditional decor.

• Riad Al Anwar: This Riad is located in Tinerhir and offers free WIFI, private parking, and a restaurant. The area is popular for biking, and they offer rentals so that you can go off and explore.


Useful Tips

• Visit with a guide for a better understanding of the gorge.

• Be careful of the local people trying to sell you tours at the gorge.

• Nearby hotels can set you up with rock climbing or hiking tours.

• Not all of the hotels have quality rock climbing equipment so bring your own if you are concerned about that.

• For something different, rent a mountain bike and explore that way.

• You can ask your guide to take you to a local Berber house for tea and a meal.

• Be prepared for tourist crowds. Try to come earlier if you want to beat them.

• Check out the nearby vendors if you want to buy some Berber crafts such as rugs.

• If you explore without a guide, there are usually local villagers around who can help you if you lose your way.

• Pack sunscreen, sturdy walking shoes, and layers if you want to make sure you’re comfortable during your visit.

• Once in the vicinity of the gorge, a car is not necessary.

• It’s OK to haggle on prices when it comes to hotels, car rentals, and restaurants.

• Watch out for fake tour guides and carpet sellers who may try to rip you off.

• Don’t give money to the children who are begging. Many of them will offer to take you to Tinerhir; don’t accept.

• Don’t drink the water from nearby springs or the tap water in hotels.


Todra Gorge is a great place to visit when you want to take a break from the bustling cities of Morocco. It’s one of the most spectacular gorges in the world, and should be a must-see on your trip. Whether you rock climb, hike, take photos, or just wander around, the Todra Gorge is bound to impress. Get in touch with us today for more information about planning your trip.

Epic Portugal!

It’s been a long time…… 13 years and counting since Epic Morocco welcomed its first mountain biking group. It was a one-man show back then, just me, my bike, a spirit of adventure and a handful of biking routes through the wilds of backcountry Morocco. I didn’t know it at the time, but as the years would pass, Epic Morocco would grow in different directions.  As time went on I took on staff (once you take on the first one, the writing is on the wall!), found new partners in the travel industry, new directions and new ideas. Without wanting to sound too clichéd, it’s been a wonderful journey – and as I often say, it’s all about the journey – and it’s one that takes us to another new dawn.
Many will know that last year I found a new business partner in crime – the wonderful Carla Petzold-Beck – upped sticks and moved to Portugal after 14 years in Morocco. A fresh adventure for my family, but also a new look at the world outside Morocco. In Portugal I found a less-developed and unhurried Europe, a place that seemed real, authentic, and in many respects, undiscovered.  The Epic brand  (as it is now known!) is about uncovering authenticity in an interesting, engaging and often adventurous way, and Portugal seems like a perfect fit for this remit.  So, an idea was born, and Epic Portugal has become a reality.
The next two months is a period of travel and research by two members of the team, together with me. A journey to uncover the best in hidden, character-full places to stay that are off-beat, interesting, adventurous and, above all, offer unique experiences; and, of course, the best places to discover both on and off the beaten track.
So the Epic family is growing! Please follow our progress on social media and visit our (for the moment) temporary website :
Who knows where the journey will take us in the next 13 years……
Charlie Shepherd, Founder

Epic Morocco supports Fiers et Forts

By Alice Morrison

Epic Morocco has committed to support the fantastic charity, Fiers et Forts (Proud and Strong), which gives a safe haven to at risk children by donating a proportion of the fee from every trip booked by clients to help them continue their work.

The Centre Fiers et Forts is a home and base for underprivileged children in Tamesloht which lies just outside, Marrakech. As of today, the centre welcomes and cares for 105 children. It was set up in 2004 by Madou  (Dorothea Eijkman).

She saw first hand the suffering amongst the very poorest children in the area and could not walk away. Instead, she started working with them, and fourteen years later that work still continues, supported now by her daughter, Dorine.

The village of Tamesloht had suffered a long period of drought,  which resulted in an exodus of those of working age and terrible poverty for those left behind. Poverty, disease and family breakdown resulted, leaving children uncared for, out of school,  and left to their own devices. Many had nowhere to go.

Fiers et Forts offers the children a haven. It has residential facilities for those children who need somewhere to live and it also offers lessons – both academic and practical to equip them for the future. It has a small farm attached where the children can learn about gardening and about animal husbandry. The animals are also used as therapy and the animals from the centre are not used for food because the children love them too much. There are cooking classes in the kitchen and everyone helps with the chores. No child is ever deserted and Fiers et Forts offers protection to those who have been abused.

Its mission is  “to offer the children the best chance to become independent in society.”

Charlie Shepherd, Founder of Epic Morocco, says it is a place that is really close to his heart, “When I was first introduced to Madou, I quickly gathered that I was in the presence of someone special. Her energy and commitment to the project that she later introduced me to convinced me immediately that we had to help in any way we could.”

He decided to support Fiers et Forts through the donation of a proportion of every guest’s fee because, “The welcome centre is a joyous place for children who have experienced very tough starts to their young lives. Madou and Dorine have chosen to devote all of their time to this cause and are loved like family by the children at the centre. Visiting is a humbling, at times sad, but ultimately hugely inspiring and uplifting experience, and it is great to feel that we are helping in their very worthy cause.”

For Dorine and Madou, the donations from Epic Morocco are a godsend. “We need all the help we can get,” says Dorine. “Our work gives these children a real chance for a successful future but it takes time as some of them have been terribly damaged and we must be able to look after them and protect them within a loving environment.”

For more information on Fiers and Forts or to make a donation, click here.

Atlas to Atlantic World First Sponsored by Epic Morocco

Alice and Rachid reach Agadir

Epic Morocco’s team, Alice Morrison from Scotland and Rachid Ait Elmahjoub from the Imlil Valley, have become the first ever people to walk from the Roof of North Africa, Mount Toubkal, 300 kilometres across the Atlas mountains to Agadir on the Atlantic Ocean.

Epic Morocco sponsored and planned the expedition with them as a way to open up new routes across the mountains and also explore the hidden valleys and villages on the way.

The team were entirely self-supported, carrying all their own kit and supplies for the trek. They had to constantly be aware of where they might refill with water and look for places to stay or to camp along the way. They relied on getting food from the tiny villages and farms they passed through.

Charlie Shepherd, CEO of Epic Morocco, explained why he wanted to back the exploration, ” Epic Morocco is a specialist in adventure holidays here in Morocco and we pride ourselves on our knowledge of the country. We wanted to showcase the incredible natural beauty of Morocco and the diversity of its landscapes. No-one had ever crossed the whole way across from the highest point to the lowest, but I had every faith in Rachid and Alice and their ability to do it.”

Alice Morrison added her highlights, “Apart from the extreme physical nature of the expedition, the thing that stood out for me was the wonderful and humbling hospitality we encountered from the Berber people. In every village we passed through, people invited us into their homes to eat or drink tea. We ran out of water at one stage on a really hot, deserted piste, and were getting thirsty and worried until we saw a shepherd in the distance. He came running down over the hills with his flock to share his bottle of water with us. This kind of generosity was displayed over and over again. We would not have made it without the help of the people of the mountains.”

Rachid Ait Elmahjoub, an Amazigh mountain guide, navigated the route across the peaks and through the valleys, exploring places he had never been before. “I want to give a clear picture to visitors to Morocco of my country, my culture and my people. I am proud of them and I want to share them.”

The expedition took 12 days in total from its beginning on the summit of Mount Toubkal (4167m). The team were walking for up to 18 hours a day. The temperatures were extreme: from the snows on Toubkal to 43 degrees as they came across towards Agadir.  The terrain was rough and often treacherous, with sharp boulders, river crossings, tough ascents and long, slippery descents.

So will Epic Morocco be running it as one of its regular hiking trips? “We are looking at doing it perhaps as a hiking/biking trip,” said Charlie Shepherd, ” We would need to tweak the route a bit and it would certainly be a challenge, but if there is an appetite for it, it is a big thing to accomplish .and you get to see a great swathe of the country”

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27 Unforgettable Things to Do in Fez

Fez is Morocco’s second largest city and is also one of the most historic. It features two large Medina quarters, which have been named World UNESCO Heritage Sites. The whole city is a labyrinth of history and ancient artifacts, with a modern-day edge. If you want to spend some time exploring one of Morocco’s most interesting cities, here are 27 things to do in Fez.

Bou Inania Madersa

This stunning work of architecture is a college dating back to the 14th century. It’s considered one of the best examples of Islamic architecture in all of Fez. Especially for foreigners as non-Muslims can’t enter the mosques, which traditionally have fantastic architecture.

Wander Around Talaa Kebira

You can enter this area through the famous blue gate and come upon one of the most buzzing areas of Fez. It’s full of souks, food stalls, arts and crafts, and locals doing their shopping. It’s definitely a historic place full of old world charm.

Try a Hamman

This spa experience is a great way to enjoy the culture in Morocco. It makes a great treat after you’ve been exploring the city by foot for a couple of days. It’s a traditional bath that is usually shared with others. It’s health benefits are many.

Chouara Tannery

Fez is known for its leather goods which is why the tanneries are such an important part of the landscape. You may want to hire a guide or go on a tour so that finding it is easier. Once you arrive, you’ll get to see the fully working tannery full of colorful pools of dyes and hardworking locals.

Al Attarin Medersa

This historic home was built by a famous sultan back in 1323. The house shows off beautiful tilework, calligraphy, and stunning woodwork. Anyone who is interested in Arabian craftsman ship will appreciate this beauty of a building.

Visit Kairaouine Mosque

This is considered one of the oldest mosques in Africa. It’s also known as one of the oldest universities in the entire world. The prayer sessions here can hold 20,000 people. This mosque was established in 859 but was expanded in the 12th century. Non-Muslims are not allowed to enter so you’ll have to view it from the outside only. The libraries are the most notable as they contain significant documents dating back to 780 A.D.

Wander Through Jardin Jnan Sbil

If you’ve had enough of the bustling city streets, this lush garden is a great retreat. Entry is free and the landscape is full of plants, a hidden lake, and secret paths. Find some peace amongst the trees in this beautiful garden.

Experience Culture at Cafe Clock

This resting spot was created by a British man who came to Fez and loved it. It attracts a lot of travelers who relax over a cup of mint tea while viewing the concerts and films that the cafe puts on. Traditional cooking classes are also offered here in case you want to learn more about the cuisine.

Go Antique Shopping in The Jewish Quarter

This is a great sect of Fez to explore, especially if you love antiques. It was once prosperous and considered a high-end area of Fez. It eventually regressed into a European-like ghetto but has recently become a nice place to explore. Stop off by visiting the Ibn Danan Synagogue and work your way over to the Jewish cemetery. Afterwards, you can spend your time shopping in the antique boutiques that line the area.

See The Golden Gates at The Royal Palace

If it has the name, ‘Royal Palace’ it’s sure to be a grand structure worth visiting. This is true for the palace in Fez. The palace isn’t open to the public but the grand, golden gates can be seen and photographed from the outside. They are beautiful and make a great subject for any photo.

Explore The Fez Medina and Fez el Bali

This is one of the oldest areas in Fez and is considered a World UNESCO Heritage Site. It offers a truly Moroccan scene as there are food stalls, beautiful tapestries, and ornate jewelry for sale. Wandering through the medinas is the number one way to really take in the culture of the city and do a little people watching. Plus, your photos will turn out incredibly. And, you can stock up on souvenirs to take back home. Fes el Bali is known as being one of the largest pedestrian areas in the world. The entire place is like a maze of tiny alleys, winding streets, and vendors selling colorful wares. You’ll see donkey carts, vendors in haggling wars with shoppers, and mounds of colorful spices. This is a great place to try the traditional snacks too as you’ll be sure to work up an appetite.

Borj Nord Arms Museum

This museum looks just like a fortress and it has 13 rooms filled with artifacts. Majority of them are weapons; about 775 of them in fact. Most of them are military style and there is a ton of history surrounding these weapons. Make sure to visit the rooftop as the view of the city is fantastic.

See The Bab Boujeloud

Otherwise known as the Blue Gate, this is one of the top sites in Fez. It’s a stunning work of Moroccan architecture and it makes a great addition to your photo. It won’t take long to check out the gate, but it’s certainly something worth visiting. This area, as well as the gate, were constructed around the 20th century and serve as a central meeting point before entering the Medina. While it blends in perfectly with Moroccan architecture and design, the gate was actually French-made.

Visit The Henna Souk

This is one of the oldest and most intriguing souks in the city. Visitors here will find a wide array of pottery, ceramics, and traditional beauty products like henna. The stalls are protected by the shade of the trees so it’s a great place to wander on a hot afternoon.

Get Lost

While this isn’t exactly specific, getting lost in Fez should be something you do at least once. The entire city is full of surprising, history, and interesting scenes. Let loose, forget about your itinerary and just meander around the city. You’ll be sure to find something that you never would have read about in the guide books. Just make sure you have a map or directions back to your hotel. Then, you can just grab a taxi from wherever you end up and easily get back to your home base.

Shop For Carpets

The carpets in Fez are some of the best and most ornate in the world. Plus, you can fetch a pretty decent price for one at the market. Shopping for carpets here is an experience within itself as you’ll get to bargain with the shopkeepers and eventually take home a great souvenir.

Go Trekking in Tazekka National Park

While about an hour from Fez, this national park is well worth a visit. City life is grand but taking some time to experience the natural landscape will make your trip more balanced. There are plenty of trails for every hiking level and the views from most of them are incredible. Spend some extra time in the town of Taza if you want to remain in the countryside longer.

See a Belly Dancing Show

Belly dancing has been a highlight of Moroccan entertainment for centuries. A trip wouldn’t be complete without experiencing one of these shows for yourself. Many places will offer a traditional meal so that you can enjoy a feast while watching the belly dancers perform.

Visit Nejjarine Square and Museum

This museum focuses on woodworking tools and woodwork. It’s surrounded by architecture dating back to the 18th century and has a rooftop with a fantastic view of the city. This is a great place to wander for a while, especially if you enjoy artwork. Visitors will get to see cabinet work and art from various regions around the country. Many of the works are ancient but there are also modern-day pieces too.

Visit Merenid Tombs During Sunset

These tombs are from the 14th century and are brimming with history. While they are more ruins than tombs, they still make a great place to visit, especially for a picnic. The views are pretty fantastic, so watching the sunset here is a must. It’s not the safest place to be after dark so make sure to visit with a group and leave shortly after the sun goes down. You can get a quick and easy taxi ride to the tombs and you can walk back to the Medina in around 12 minutes.

Take a Cooking Class

There are plenty of schools around Fez that offer cooking classes to visitors. This is a great way to learn about the culture, interact with a local, and take home a new skill. You’ll learn to make a few traditional dishes and then get to eat them afterwards (which is often the best part.) It’s a hands-on learning experience that tends to be a whole lot of fun too.

Wander The Seffarine Square

This is one of the oldest areas in Fez and it’s full of local treats, snacks, and souvenirs. If you want to experience some of the local culture, just wander around this public square. It’s a great place for people watching and picking up a few items to take back home with you. If you’re looking for a Riad to spend the night in, this square may be a great place to check out.

Try The Restaurant Scene

While there are plenty of stalls and street food, the Moroccan restaurants in Fez should not be missed. In fact, you may even stumble upon cuisine from other cultures and countries. Try Restaurant 7 for French food, Riad Rcif for upscale Fassi-Moroccan food, and Mezzanine for Spanish-style tapas. And, don’t forget about Kai Tai which serves up sushi and Thai food.

The Sacred Music Festival

You’ll need to be visiting in June if you want to witness one of the largest music festivals in Morocco. The atmosphere is one of high spirits and you’ll get to meet new people, enjoy new tunes, and be part of something truly meaningful. It’s a great experience to have in addition to your trip in Fez. There will be food stalls, locals, and other tourists out and about enjoying the festivities.

Stay in a Riad

You’ll have plenty of choices when it comes to where to stay in Fez. However, a Riad is a traditional experience that everyone should try. It’s a classic, Moroccan home that is similar to a bed and breakfast. It’s truly an experiential stay and many of them have pools in their courtyard so you can cool off in the summer heat. Even if you are staying in a hotel, try to book at least one night in a Riad so that you can experience this tradition first-hand.

Hike Mount Zalagh

For a little fresh air and a fantastic view of the city, take a hike up this mountain. It’s the biggest mountain that overlooks the city and isn’t too difficult to conquer. Aside from a great destination in Fez for hiking, there are mountain biking trails too. If you’re adventurous, this is a great place for you to explore.

Fez has a lot going on and you’ll want to make plenty of time to see it all. It is packed with history and the culture is hard miss. Wander through the medina, grab lunch in a Riad, and watch the sunset over ancient ruins. A trip to Fez is truly a dive into culture, understanding, and Moroccan hospitality.

Eat Shop Pray in Fantastic Fez

I last went to Fez a long, long time ago but it had always stayed in my memory as a particularly beautiful city, nestled into a series of hills and harbouring a fantastical medina full of tiny alleyways, bright carpets and laden donkeys. I arrived off the train from Marrakech at dark. The station was a scrum, but I found a friendly taxi driver who took me to the nearest gate into the Medina to Dar Roumana, where we were staying for two of our three nights. Outraged when he found out I was umarried, he immediately proposed but was not at all downcast when I rejected his suit. A porter was at the gate and rolled me through the golden-lit streets to the door of Dar Roumana.

A small door, led into the most stunning central courtyard. Fabulous mosaics cover every surface, interspersed with lacy stone carving and delicate woodwork. Vanessa, our hostess, was there to meet us and sat us down by a roaring fire with a cup of tea and gave us instructions of where to go for our first night’s dinner. Since, these included the immortal words, “Turn right at the snail seller,” I was amazed when we actually got to Cafe Clock where I had the best pumpkin soup I have ever tasted, drizzled in nutty Argan oil. It set the tone for three days of feasting.


Fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and fish are readily available in Morocco and the Moroccan specialities of tagine and couscous are truly delicious. Fes offered us the best food I have had in Morocco and thanks to the recommendations of our hosts at Dar Roumana, some of the best food I have found in any city where I have landed as a bright eyed tourist. Here are some of our highlights:

Grilled octopus on a bed of salsa, followed by wild boar caught in the forest that week, slowly cooked and with a jus of red wine and juniper berries. My tastebuds thought all their Christmases had come at once. Truly delicious.The chef at Dar Roumana is justifiably famous!

Kofta (beef meatballs) in a sizzling tomato sauce, topped with crunchy courgettes and a runny-yolked egg at the Ruined Garden, where Robert, previously of the Ivy in London, presides over lazy lunches. The garden itself is a treasure, full of hidden corners and overgrown roses.

Thai Green Curry with chicken and the most delicate cucumber, with bananas in coconut milk to follow at Moi Anan. The chef and owner, Anan, is also a fashion designer and sat with us explaining the joys and sorrows of trying to start up a new, young fashion scene in Fez.

Half a chicken with rice and salad from the stall at the junction of Talaat Sagheer and Talaat Kabeer , the big and small roads, at the top near Boujoloud. In one huge copper pot, there were whole chickens cooking, and in the other, entire sheep’s heads. We plumped for the chicken and for two of us, a whole one plus rice and bread came to 50Dhs, around £3.50.


Fez (Fes or Fas) was the first capital of Morocco and is traditional centre of Islamic practice and learning here. The city is filled with mosques, medersas ( Islamic schools), shrines and holy tombs. For a long time, the city rivalled Mecca and Medina in religious importance. The Kaoraouiyine Mosque is the biggest and finest in the city, dating back to the 12th century and still at the heart of Fes’s religious life. It sets the official prayer times and rings out the end of Ramadan fasting for the whole of the country. As non-Muslims, we weren’t allowed to go in, but when I asked the doorman if he minded if I took a photo, he went one better, took my camera and went inside to take lots of shots for me. Typical of the kindness and good heartedness that you experience so often in this country.

Our next two stops were the Attarin Medersa and the Bou Inania Medersa. Both are worth a visit as they display the finest carving and mosaic work in Fes. The dormitories were closed off when we were there, but just concentrating on the central work areas and offset rooms was enough.
One of my favourite things about historical Fez is the preponderance of mosaic drinking fountains. There is one at almost every corner, some of them still resplendent, but some quietly decaying. They were built by benefactors or local communities so that in the hot, summer months, there would always be somewhere for the poor to drink.

Serena and I are training for the Marrakech half marathon, so we combined our daily run with some history. We were up and running through the Medina at sunrise and out to the Merenid tombs on one of the hillsides overlooking the city. We were only up that early because we wanted to avoid running lycra-clad through the crowds, but if you can bear to get up, the view as the sun comes up and catches the minarets of the city and then circles over to bathe you in gold, is worth it.

Nothing to do with prayer, but my last recommendation for sightseeing is the tanneries where all the leather is cured and coloured using traditional methods. It is quite a sight with men up to their waists in vats of dye, scraping skins with metal blades, and pummelling the carcases. It is a hard and dirty job but a big employer in Fez and the people of Fez (Fassians) are rightly proud of their leather goods.


Which brings me to the final part of our Fez experience, and one close to my heart, shopping. Morocco is a shopper’s paradise with handmade carpets, pottery, jewellery, silk tassels, kaftans, wooden boxes, bags, belts and babouches everywhere. I have lived here for just over a year now but still haven’t tired of the craftsmanship that surrounds me. I thought that I would be less impressed with Fassi work, coming from Marrakech, but that wasn’t the case.

My best buys were definitely the distinctive Fez pottery. It is made out of fine, white clay and is like our bone china but decorated in vibrant blues, reds and greens. There is a particularly dark, royal blue which is called Fez blue and that dominates but I also liked the clear reds. There are many, many different designs, including a very typical one of small flowers on a white background. Prices vary greatly according to the design and quality of the piece but there are bargains to be had. I got a lovely soap dish and matching toothbrush holder for 40 dhs each (around £3).

Serena, has a rug problem. All the signs of addiction are there: the relentless search for the next hit, the handing over of cash in squalid surroundings, the ecstatic moment when she gets her fix…. Bargaining for a rug in Morocco is something that everyone should do at least once before they die. Usually it involves plush surroundings and a nice cup of mint tea, but on this occasion, we found ourselves lured up the tiniest, darkest, seediest alleyway and led into a small kiosk crammed with gloriously coloured carpets. We launched  into our best Arabic, mine is more Egyptian/classical whereas Serena is pure Marrakech. We are lucky in that it usually sets us off at a reasonably decent price and then we go down for there. This time, we were going for two smallish berber rugs in the dark Fez blue with brighter colours interwoven. We walked away with both for 500dhs which seemed fair. Every guidebook tells you this, but it is true, pay the price that you think the item is worth and then be happy with that, and make sure you leave the vendor a profit, as well as being sure that you have got a good price and of course, enjoy it!

The second night in Fez, we had put up in Dar El Ma, a lovely, quirky little Riad, wedged in between two thick walls. We had it to ourselves and bought a pile of fresh fruit to make fruit salad for breakfast in the morning. It was fun pretending we owned the place, and lounging in the central courtyard for breakfast chatting to Huda, who is the caretaker, about her thesis on domestic violence in marriage.

On our last night, we went up to the rooftop which gives a 360 view of the city and waited for the evening call to prayer as the last bit of the sun sank below the horizon. You know it is coming, but it is still a magical moment when the first muezzin gives voice to the words, “ Allahu Akbar,” and then all the others join in from minaret to minaret.

This blog was written by Alice Morrison, an adventurer and writer based in Morocco, for more please visit her website

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Ruined Garden

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