Atlas Mountains and Essaouira holiday in Morocco

An eight day, tailor made trip of both mountains and coast. Staying in one of the most stunning kasbahs in the former, and a B&B in the latter. With transfers in between.
Marrakech Kasbah stay views of Mount Toubkal accommodation in High Atlas Mountains Imlil Essaouria private transfers
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Price per person based on:- 2 people sharing on half-board basis* in the mountains for the first 4 nights, and bed and breakfast basis in Essaouira for 3 nights. 795 Euro single supplement *Includes one full day guided trek with picnic during stay
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Description of Atlas Mountains and Essaouira holiday in Morocco

This unique tailor made holiday, a week in Morocco, combines both the magnificence of the High Atlas Mountains with that of the Atlantic coast at Essaouira. Two very different Moroccos, both stunning, on a trip organised by the owners of one of the country’s most highly respected, and highly responsible kasbahs.

This Atlas Mountains and Essaouira holiday has a carefully crafted itinerary made up of four nights at the mountain kasbah, with views out to Mount Toubkal and several other peaks over 4000m, and three nights in Essaouira. The mountain kasbah is just a short journey from Marrakech, where your holiday begins and ends. The High Atlas are home to the indigenous Berber people who have inhabited Morocco for at least 5000 years and who still live in traditional adobe houses around the valleys, and whom we work in partnership with at the kasbah, which is founded on Berber traditions of hospitality.

This holiday is particularly wonderful during the height of summer as you can experience both the cooler temperatures of the mountains while staying on a half board basis in the kasbah but also the Atlantic breeze in Essaouira. This is a stunning fortified town, a welcome change from the mayhem of Marrakech, with its own heritage having been built by the Portuguese in the 16th century. Its vibrant fishing port, where all the boats are blue, creates a lively backdrop to the white painted buildings of the Medina. As well as having wonderful seafood and traditional Moroccan fare, it is also famous for its proliferation of artists as well as plenty of outdoor activities, surfing being one of the most popular.

The price of this holiday includes:

Accommodation, half board at the Kasbah and breakfast at Essaouira use of hammam at kasbah, airport transfers, transfer from kasbah to Essaouira, all taxes including our 5% levy to the Village Association (further details on request). Please note that the rooms at the kasbah are standard ensuite rooms, and luxury rooms are available on request, at an extra cost.


Price information

992 excluding flights
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Price per person based on:- 2 people sharing on half-board basis* in the mountains for the first 4 nights, and bed and breakfast basis in Essaouira for 3 nights. 795 Euro single supplement *Includes one full day guided trek with picnic during stay
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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the summer to suit your requirements

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Dietary requirements:
We can cater for vegetarian and vegan diets.


2 Reviews of Atlas Mountains and Essaouira holiday in Morocco

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 01 Nov 2022 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Our holiday in busy Marrakesh was couterbalanced by the fact we were staying within the calming walls of Les Yeux Bleus.What a wonderful Riad.Our stay there was memorable.The architecture.The attentive staff. The proximity to the good restaurants that we could walk to that were recommended by the Riad.
Our constant driver was called Rashid and he made the journeys comfortable and interesting.He drove with care. We felt safe and well looked after.
Essaouira offered a change of pace and a chance to relax in Dar L'Oussia. A Spa treatment next door a swim etc.
It was the Kasbah du Toubkal that proved to be the absolute essence of what we had hoped to experience in Morrocco.We were suprised by the unassuming generosity of those around us.The beauty of the place was reflected in the welcome of the peolpe.Our Guide Hussain who was with us for 5 days became our friend. Our every need was catered for and it all came together with such precision.Nothing was forgotten .Nothing late.Thank you.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

I would advise people to give themselves time.It is a country of infinity possibilities but take time to breathe it all in.Wear good sturdy shoes .Walking will be challenging if your feet are'nt supported.Keep small 10/20 dirhams change for little tips.Don't be too hasty to buy.Imlil though small had much of what you might see in Marrakesh but the pressure was off.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Tourism is key to the local economy very evident in Imlil and the surrounding area.It is a success story of somewhere built by the people for the people.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Reviewed on 20 Oct 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Trekking in the mountains and the Kasbah itself

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Check the weather carefully and research clothing and footwear according to how much hiking you’re doing

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Definitely benefited local people from tipping and a percentage goes to the local community

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Couldn’t fault it! Fantastic experience, lovely country, beautiful people!

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.


We instigated a rubbish clearance policy in 1997 for the region and this has gone through several stages of improvements.

The retreat has good quality drinkable spring water and we encouraged our guests to not use bottled water as it was unnecessary and plastic bottles are a major source of litter in the mountains particular from tourists. So in order to give our guests 100% confidence that our water was drinkable we equipped the retreat with water filters that are visibly on show to discourage the use of plastic bottled water.

All supplies are purchased locally as much as possible and all staff are from the local region including the management, in fact 80% of our staff are within 2Km. As much as possible of the accommodation purchases are from the local area this includes both consumables for the running of the establishment and the materials and labour used in the construction process.

We have also sponsored a "Tourist Code of good practise"
Protect the natural environment:

• Limit deforestation – make no open fires and discourage others from doing so on your behalf. Where water is heated by scarce firewood, use as little as possible. When possible choose accommodation that uses kerosene/gas or fuel-efficient wood stoves.

• Remove litter, burn or bury paper and carry out all non-degradable litter. Imlil has a rubbish collection system - please assist and show good example by depositing litter in the bins. Graffiti are permanent examples of environmental pollution.

• Keep local water clean and avoid using pollutants such as detergents in streams or springs. If no toilet facilities are available, make sure you are at least 30 metres away from water sources, and bury or cover wastes.

• Plants should be left to flourish in their natural environment – taking cuttings, seeds and roots is illegal in many parts of the High Atlas.

• Help your guides and porters to follow conservation measures.

Respect local traditions, protect local cultures and maintain local pride

• When taking photographs, respect privacy - ask permission and use restraint.

• Respect religious and cultural places - preserve what you have come to see, never touch or remove religious objects.

• Giving to children encourages begging. A donation to a project, health centre or school is a more constructive way to help.

• You will be accepted and welcomed if you follow local customs. Use only your right hand for eating and greeting. It is polite to use both hands when giving and receiving gifts.

• Respect for local etiquette earns you respect - loose, lightweight clothes are preferable to revealing shorts, short tops and tight fitting action wear. Hand holding or kissing in public is disliked by local people.

• Visitors who value local traditions encourage local pride and maintain local cultures, please help local people gain a realistic view of life in Western Countries.

A NOTE ABOUT ANIMAL WELFARE: We work closely with “SPANA” a British charity working for the Protection of Animals abroad.
We only use mules whether ours or hired in that are in good health have Spana bits, are loaded with 60 to 80 kg of baggage and muleteers are discouraged/banned from riding when the mules are loaded. We worked with Spana to produce a website and associated pdf brochure for use by everyone involved in tourism to encourage good practice in several area’s of sustainable tourism including mule welfare.


We funded an Ambulance for the village and built an incinerator and instigated a rubbish clearance system. A 5% levy is made on the income of the retreat and handed to the village association (Association Des Basins d'Imlil) and Education For All. The Association Bassins d’Imlil covers the whole of the surrounding valleys. This association provides the ambulance that you see in Imlil which provides a service to the local population and visitors, other community projects that have been undertaken include the rubbish clearance system and the provision of the village Hammam. Education For All helps provide college education for girls from the rural High Atlas.

We believe that changing the world starts with educating young women. So we formed and help support Education For All a charity that helps provide a college education for girls from the rural Atlas Mountains. Because if you educate a girl, you educate the next generation as well.
At present, very few girls from rural communities in Morocco continue their education after primary school. The nearest secondary colleges are too far to travel every day from the villages where they live. Their parents are too poor to afford lodgings near to the colleges and the available accommodation is usually over-stretched and often inadequate. Education for All is a Moroccan NGO (with a sister UK Charity) that is building and running girls’ boarding houses near secondary colleges in the High Atlas Mountains, providing the opportunity for selected girls from villages across the region to continue their education.

Our first, purpose-built boarding house opened in April 2008 in Asni (45km from Marrakech). In September 2009, we opened a second house in Talat n’Yacoub (100km from Marrakech). 2013 saw the first girls pass their Baccalaureate and go on to University. 2014 saw the opening of our 5th boarding house. Each house has the capacity to provide a "home-away-from-home" for about 36 girls.

In 2017 some 200 girls are currently receiving a secondary education that without your support they would not.
We want to give girls access to a secondary education and the chance to fulfil their potential in an environment that promotes academic study and social understanding. We can't change the world overnight. But by making a difference to the lives of these girls now, we will change many more in the future.
We need your support to continue running these two houses and to progress our plans to build more. To learn more about the project, please visit our website.

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