Wide open spaces are abundant in Morocco. Throughout the kingdom, there are national parks that preserve nature’s beauty and double as magnificent hiking destinations. To the south and the east, the Sahara beckons: head there for an adventure within the immensity of the desert.

The well-marked paths make it easy for you to enjoy the pleasures of walking. To the north, try Al Hoceima park on the Mediterranean coast, where a hiking trail runs through the park and along the sea. There are several rest houses along the way, so you can spend a few days with the plant and wildlife of northern Morocco. Talassemtane National Park offers similar treats. You will love exploring it as you hike from waterfalls to streams to the shade of Morocco’s pine trees and giant Atlas cedars. In the south, check out the Valley of Roses for an unforgettable walk in an enchanting setting.

The most gregarious travelers can opt for backpacking: from the peaks of the Middle Atlas mountains around Ifrane to the top of the famous Mount Toubkal – Morocco’s highest mountain, which can be summited in two days. The Sahara Desert is another option: here the pleasures of camping mix with the discovery of vast spaces and interactions with the locals. You can also choose peaceful horseback rides along the beach throughout Morocco.

The country of Morocco is like one tremendous hiking trail: as you travel through forests, over mountains or atop cliffs, you won’t fail to be captivated by nature’s wonders.

A paradise of sand and stone

Are you searching for excitement in an idyllic setting? Look no further than the region of Ouarzazate, Zagora and Tinghir for intense sporting adventures: hikes, camel treks, mountain biking, fishing, backpacking in the mountains of Jebel Saghro, summiting Mount M’goun and a plethora of motor sports on the Chgaga Dunes – these are just some of the myriad activities that await you around Ouarzazate. Thrills and chills are guaranteed!

Is your dream to combine a vacation in an exotic natural setting while enjoying a favorite recreational activity or learning a new one? The area around the city of Ouarzazate and its more modest neighbors, Zagora and Tinghir, is the ideal place for an array of sports. The environment here ranges from typically Moroccan towns to a vast desert where you can get your fill of fresh air. Climb atop a camel, jump on your mountain bike, lace up your best walking shoes or hop into a vehicle and head toward the Chgaga Dunes. Prepare to be amazed!

Author Mohamed Amraoui

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