High Atlas Mountains, southern oasis,
the Atlantic coast ...

Essaouira offers easy and rapid access to a lot of fascinating regions.

We indicate below some of the options open to you, however if you wish, we can also help you establish your itinerary.

You will choose a region over another based on your preferences, the season, climatic conditions and your experience of driving off-road.

Do not try to drive thousands of miles; rather take the time to enjoy the ambiance and unique landscapes that are around you.


Anti-Atlas Mountains

The anti-atlas mountains are located to the south of the High Atlas and are separated by the wide Sous plain on its western side, and the Dadès valley – until Tinerhir - on its eastern side.
Tafraout is the main town of the occidental part of the region, and is located at the centre of a pink granite basin, circled by more than 2000-meter-high Mountains. In this region you will see a lot of amazing collective fortified structures (known as “agadirs”) perched on rocky peaks or hanging on cliff faces.

Further south, in the Foum el Hasn area, there are a lot of places of interest where petroglyphs can be visited. Towards the East is the djebel Bani. On its southern edge along the Draa valley, the surroundings of Tata and Akka offer very nice excursions amongst the palm groves. Near Tata, old stone lovers will be able to observe former fortified ksours (villages) such as Jbair, Tazart or Toug er Rih.

North of Tissint spectacular hilly relief made-up of black sandstone and schist are crossed by wonderful trails along small quiet valleys and spectacular canyons. The Berber people in this area are particularly welcoming.
The Anti-Atlas area is a good choice for trail driving in winter, or in mid-season, even if nights may be a little fresh high up in the mountains.

Dans l'Anti-Atlas

High Atlas Mountains

The High Atlas is the highest mountain range in northern Africa; with several summits exceeding 4000 meters. The Mountains extend from the north-east of the country to the Atlantic Ocean between Essaouira and Agadir. From the west they run to the Toubkal massif, where valleys are sprinkled with flowers and high mountains dominate.

At the centre the relief is more compact, valleys are narrower and houses made of stone and adobe are often fortified. South of this area, the sumptuous and chaotic djebel Siroua offers unusual landscapes made of granitic blocks, plateaus and pastures. 4x4 routes are numerous here and will delight you.

Leaving Ouarzazate, the Roses and Todgha Valleys and Skoura palm grove, in spite of being very touristic, still remain magnificent places to discover.
In its oriental part, the High Atlas area hosts high grassy plateaus, but also gorges and deep canyons. The whole range is populated by Berbers. You will meet them both in the little valley villages and on the plateaus looking after their herds. Their way of life has remained unchanged for centuries.

You can travel through the High Atlas Mountains between May and the end of September, when trails are dry. During this period the air is purer and colours are more vivid and intense. At lower altitudes (below 2000 m), the visiting period is more extensive.

Près de Tata

The Middle Atlas

The Middle Atlas range stretches north-east of Marrakech to the borders of the northern regions of Morocco. Lower than the High Atlas range, it is however one of the most beautiful areas of the country. High rocky plateaus, arid steppes ancient cedar woods hundreds of-years-old, fast flowing watercourses… a lot of outstanding landscapes can be found in the Middle Atlas.

The tarring of trails is moving forward rapidly; however routes still remain uncommonly beautiful. South of Azrou and east of Séfrou, you will be able to take beautiful trails, running through cedar and oak forests and then through wilder areas such as the Bou Iblane djebel and the Tichoukt massif, two regions that are totally unknown by tourists, including those driving the trails.

At the northern gates of the mountain range, you will discover Fès and Meknès, two thousand-year-old towns not to be missed. The climate in the Middle Atlas is pleasant all year round, but in the southern part, trails may be hardly practicable and temperatures quite low in winter.

Tessaout Haut-Atlas

The Atlantic coast

Refreshing and beautiful, the south Atlantic coast remains quite wild and little known. The High Atlas meets the ocean between Essaouira and Agadir. There, you will find long beaches such as Tafadna and Iftane, frequented only by a few fishermen whose boats are still hauled back up the sand by a team of mules.

In the hinterland, the trails wind between the fields and the argan tree forests.

South of Agadir, you will discover the spectacular cliffs where a few rustic fishermen cottages still cling on. You will also find the mouths of the Rivers Draa’s and Noun’s, the White Beach, the former Spanish enclave of Sidi Ifni and the towns of Tifnit and Goulimine.

The Atlantic Deep South is suitable for trail driving throughout the year.

L'assif n'Tizert, Anti-Atlas

  Trail routes  

We recommend allowing at least ten days to visit the Middle Atlas, the east of the Upper Atlas or the north of Morocco.


Chemins de l'Atlas S.A.R.L. au capital de 1.000.000 dhs - Tous droits réservés 2009-2012 -                                  Réalisation