Travel to Southern Morocco – Episode 896

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Travel to Southern Morocco (Podcast)

Hear about travel to Southern Morocco as the Amateur Traveler talks to Ady from Hit The Road Music Studio about an area he fell in love with while touring it in a mobile recording studio.

Ady recommends a detailed itinerary for a week-long trip exploring Southern Morocco, starting and ending in Marrakesh. Here’s a breakdown of the suggested trip:

Day 1: Marrakesh

  • Arrive in Marrakesh and spend the night. Experience the bustling city, try a mix of European and Moroccan cuisine, and get a taste of the local culture.

Day 2: Travel over the Atlas Mountains

  • Travel from Marrakesh over the Atlas Mountains, experiencing the dramatic change in landscape and climate. Spend the night in Ouarzazate, a city famous for its film studios and proximity to the film location for movies like “Gladiator” and “Star Wars.”

Day 3: Aït Benhaddou

  • Visit Aït Benhaddou, a well-preserved kasbah that’s a UNESCO World Heritage site. This site is known for its classic Moroccan earthen clay architecture and has been a popular filming location for many movies.

Day 4: Zagora

  • Travel from Ouarzazate to Zagora, a city that acts as a gateway to the Sahara Desert. Explore the local culture, and possibly stay at a recommended place like Ecolodge du Draa in Ouled Otmane for unique local hospitality.

Day 5: Agdz

  • Visit Agdz to experience the vibrant market life and the local Amazigh (Berber) culture. Stay at the guesthouse Rose du Sable to enjoy the local hospitality.

Day 6: M’hamid El Ghizlane and the Sahara Desert

  • Continue to M’hamid El Ghizlane, the last town before the Sahara begins. Here, you can experience the vast dunes of Erg Chigaga and stay in a desert camp to immerse yourself in the serene desert environment.

Day 7: Return to Marrakesh

  • Travel back to Marrakesh, possibly stopping again in places like Ouarzazate or other towns for any final explorations or relaxation before ending the trip.

Throughout the journey, Ady emphasizes engaging with local cultures, trying regional cuisines, and exploring both the natural landscapes and the historic sites of Southern Morocco. This itinerary offers a blend of adventure, culture, and relaxation, with a strong focus on authentic experiences.



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Show Notes

Hit The Road Music Studio 
Aït Benhaddou
Ayouze Auberge, Aït Benhaddou
Taman’art Space
Ait Ben Haddou Women’s Cooperative
Musée du Cinema – All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (2024)
Ecolodge L’ile de Ouarzazate
Dar Chamaa, Ouarzazate
Culture and Market – Rose du Sable (Guesthouse Agdz)
Zagora, Morocco
Ecolodge du Draa, Ouled Otmane
Kasbah Oulad Othmane
Restaurant Chez Omar, Zagora
Café Restaurant Littéraire, Zagora
Terres De Café (@terresdecafe) • Instagram photos and videos
Hotel La Palmaraie, Zagora
Kasbah Sirocco, Zagora
Kasbah Aitisfoul, Tagounite
Chigaga Desert Camp (Mhamid El Ghizlane)
Desert Camp Chraika (Mhamid El Ghizlane)
Nomad Music Festival
Playing for Change Music School
Erg Chebbi
Dar Mhamid – Familly Guest House and Desert Camp


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