Call us today from 09:00 - 17:30 020 8106 2403 Start Planning
Book now with our Carefree Guarantee. Learn more

Home to dramatic scenery, traditional Berber villages and often surprisingly verdant valleys, the Atlas Mountains are a beautiful and extensive mountain range just an hour from Marrakech. The High Atlas offers fantastic trekking for all abilities, including up North Africa’s highest peak, Mount Toubkal, an area peppered with rustic villages.

The High Atlas is North Africa’s tallest mountain range. It’s just one of several sections that make up the wider Atlas Mountain region, but the Berber name, which translates to Mountains of Mountains, says everything you need to know.

As above so below

At the same time, lower-lying areas of the country are bathed in sunshine. So you can watch as the sunlight filters through a courtyard in Marrakech in the morning, then peer down from a wind-whipped, snowy precipice the very same day. Why not consider a multi-centre stay, travelling between Marrakech and Essaouira, whilst including a visit to the Atlas Mountains? Whatever you’re looking for, call our Destination Specialists who can help you to create the perfect tailor made Atlas Mountains holiday package.

Destination Highlights

  • Home to the highest peak in North Africa, Mount Toubkal
  • Explore the mountains via various trekking trails or an exhilarating 4x4 experience
  • Stay at the Kasbah Tamadot and visit a traditional Berber village

Explore Atlas Mountains

Time Zone

GMT +2 hours

Flight Time

Approx. three hours and 30 minutes

Currency

Moroccan dirham (MAD)

Visa Information

No visa required for travel to Morocco

Language

Arabic, but English is widely spoken

Health Info

No special vaccines are required or recommended for travel to Morocco

Best time to visit Atlas Mountains

The best time to visit the Atlas Mountains is between October and April, although the higher you ascend the cooler it can get in the winter months. Walking is best undertaken in the autumn and spring months although low level walks are pleasant through the winter months too.

Average Weather in January

Average Weather in February

Average Weather in March

Average Weather in April

Average Weather in May

Average Weather in June

Average Weather in July

Average Weather in August

Average Weather in September

Average Weather in October

Average Weather in November

Average Weather in December

a man wearing a suit and tie smiling and looking at the camera

"Organise a visit with some lunch at the Kasbah du Toubkal. This can be a day trip from Marrakech, or from the Kasbah Tamadot Hotel."

Taylor
Destination Manager
Rachel, Destination Executive

"Spend 2 or 3 nights at the Kasbah Tamadot and completely relax in the beautiful dramatic surroundings of the Atlas Mountains. A contrast to Marrakech's thriving medina."

Rachel
Destination Executive

Local Cuisine

Moroccan cuisine is typically a mix of Berber, Arabic, Andalusian, and Mediterranean cuisines with slight European and sub-Saharan influences. Lamb is a popular meat, and dishes abound with subtle spices and intriguing ingredients such as dates and apricots. Here are a few of our favourite local dishes to try:

Tajine

Tajine is a slow-cooked stew made with a blend of ingredients such as chicken, lamb, beef, fish or vegetables, stewed with spices and dried fruit and served with couscous and breads.

M’hanncha

M’hanncha is sometimes known as the ‘Moroccan snake’ or ‘snake cake.’ It’s a dessert made up of a whirl of coiled filo pastry — hence the name. The pastry is rolled out to form a long tube and filled with almond paste, flavoured with orange flower water and pistachio; cinnamon is then sprinkled onto the cooked filo.

Couscous

Couscous is originally from Morocco and typically served with meat or vegetable stew. Traditionally it’s prepared on the Muslim holy day (Friday) and for special occasions, but you can find it at most restaurants and cafes.

You might also like these


We think you might also like to take a look at these destinations. If you'd like some advice, our Destination Specialists will be able to find something that is right for you.

Let’s talk


There’s no question too small. Start planning your dream trip by talking to our Destination Specialists.

Sign up to our newsletter


Receive the latest travel inspiration and destination news.

Swimming pools

How we tailor make your holiday

1. Browse

Look through our website for inspiration, then call our Destination Specialists

2. Create

We'll listen to your wish-list and use our knowledge to design a unique itinerary

3. Customize

We'll keep on refining until we've created your perfect personalised holiday

020 8106 2403 Call us today from 09:00 - 17:30

The Hayes & Jarvis Way


We've been tailor making holidays for 65 years. With over 60 destinations to choose from, talk to us and we'll listen to your travel ideas to create unforgettable holiday experiences.

Award Winning

Our unrivalled knowledge is recognised through numerous accolades and nominations.

Exceptional Service

"Very knowledgeable and helpful staff. Everything went smoothly from booking onwards. Would highly recommend."
- S. Gardner, Past Customer

In the Know

Our travel experience means you get insider knowledge from dedicated Destination Specialists.

Fully Protected

You and your holiday are in safe hands with us so you can book with confidence and travel worry free.