12 unusual destinations in Morocco for the 12 months of the year
From snow-capped mountains to vast green valleys, deserts, oases, and golden sand beaches… Morocco's natural diversity is impressive regardless of the season. The proof with this selection of 12 unusual destinations in Morocco to visit for each month of the year. A dream travel calendar. This year, let's discover a completely different Morocco totally off the beaten track!
1. JANUARY: TACHEDDIRT VILLAGE
Located in the Marrakech-Safi region, 7km from Imlil and 6km from Oukaimden, the picturesque little village of Tacheddirt is totally unknown to mass tourism. Fabulous lodges nestled in the mountains welcome the few visitors who venture into the region.
The terraces all have panoramic views of the mountains. The landscape is all the more grandiose in winter when the mountain peaks are snow-capped.
The village of Tacheddirt is also the starting point for several hiking trails offering breathtaking panoramas of the High Atlas mountains.
2. FEBRUARY: IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF OUED AHANSAL
Nature lovers looking for an unusual experience in Morocco must absolutely discover this little corner of paradise. The nature bordering Oued Ahansal becomes all the more majestic after the first rains of the season, a true paradise for hikers.
The most popular hiking routes in this region are THE CIRCUS OF TAGHIYA, THE CATHEDRAL OF IMSFRANE, THE BERBER PASSAGE, and THE GORGES OF AHANSAL.
Oued Ahansal is also an ideal site for kayaking and rafting.
3. MARCH: AIT BOUGUEMEZ, THE HAPPY VALLEY OF THE HIGH ATLAS
Under the benevolent gaze of the MGOUM, the giant of the central High Atlas, extends the longest and largest high-altitude valley of MOROCCO: THE AIT BOUGUEMEZ VALLEY. Several peaks above 3000 meters in altitude surround the valley on all sides.
Its generous nature stretches over more than 30 km and is home to 27 picturesque villages built of earth and stone. An unusual place in Morocco to discover in Spring.
4. APRIL: THE VILLAGE OF IMLIL
The village of Imlil is possibly the nicest village in Morocco, located at the foot of the famed Toubkal in the High Atlas mountains at an altitude of 1740 meters and 64 kilometers from Marrakech. A few small mountain lodges warmly welcome passing birds.
No matter where we look, the panorama is breathtaking.
Imlil is the starting point for several hiking trails for all levels, including of course the ascent of the highest peak in North Africa: Le Toubkal.
5. MAY: GREEN LAKE AGUELMAM AZEGUZA
Its location in the middle of the Middle Atlas cedar forest – the cedar forest of Ajdir Izayane – gives it a dazzling beauty and a very special blue-green color. This unusual little corner of Morocco is also a real paradise for hiking lovers.
6. JUNE: CALA IRIS IN THE EL HOCEIMA AREA
Head to the north of the country this time to discover one of the most unusual beaches in Morocco! Cala Iris, 50 km from AL HOCEIMA, is known for its heavenly beach and its small islets accessible by swimming or by boat.
This small haven of peace is equipped with a camping-caravan site very close to the fishing village on the Badis beach site. Take advantage of your stay in the El Hoceima region to unearth some of the most beautiful wild beaches in the north of the kingdom!.
7. JULY: DRAGON ISLAND IN DAKHLA
The bay of Dakhla in the extreme south of Morocco is one of the most exotic and magical places in Morocco. The meeting of the Sahara Desert with the Atlantic Ocean has given rise to geological curiosities and extraordinary fauna and flora.
Dragon Island is of extraordinary wild beauty.
The white sand beaches and the gradient of turquoise water give this place a Caribbean air. With a bit of luck, you may come across dolphins, flamingos, and other animal species that call the bay home.
8. AUGUST: THE VILLAGE OF TIBOUDA
Located in the heart of Cap des Trois Fourches, the last frontier of Africa, and an hour's drive from the city of Nador, the small fishing village of Tibouda with Mediterranean charm is the ideal destination for travelers in search of serenity.
To reach the wild beach of Tibouda, you have to follow the coastal paths to a staircase carved into the rock. This unusual place in Morocco is very little known to tourists, which gives it all the more special charm.
9. SEPTEMBER: THE VILLAGE OF AÏT AMER
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The village of Ait Amer is the place where the biggest Moussem of Morocco is held every year: LE FESTIVAL DES FIANCEES "engaged" D’IMLCHIL.
Near the village, there are also two magnificent lakes, TISLITE AND ISLI, which became famous thanks to the legend of the impossible love between a boy from the Aït Brahim tribe and a girl from the Aït Ya’za tribe.
A colorful and emotional cultural experience that will certainly not leave you indifferent.
10. OCTOBER: OASIS OF FIGUIG
Located 5 hours from Oujda, the oasis of Figuig is one of the largest and most beautiful palm groves in Morocco. The village is also home to magnificent Ksars dating back 8 centuries, a cultural heritage still preserved from mass tourism.
This unusual region in Morocco has managed to preserve its authenticity, its architecture, and its traditions and promises its visitors a timeless experience.
11. NOVEMBER: DESERT OF AGAFAY
About thirty kilometers south of Marrakech stretches a vast stone desert: AGAFAY, an unusual place in March that tourists are just beginning to discover. In the middle of this desert hides a surprising oasis nicknamed THE ENCHANTED OASIS.
You can go hiking on horseback, on a camel, or on foot. Be sure to visit Lake Lalla Takerkoust not far from there! Calm and tranquility are assured in this magnificent stone desert with the snow-capped Atlas Mountains as a backdrop!.
12. DECEMBER: TIGUELMAMINE ATLAS GLASSES
Only 35 km from KHÉNIFRA, there is a surprisingly natural setting: THE TWIN LAKES OF TIGUELMAMINE which are also called the “Atlas glasses”. This unusual natural site in Morocco has the advantage of being still very little known to tourists.
We recommend that you admire TIGUELMAMINE in all its beauty when the first snowfalls cover the panorama in white.