Dar Itrane is an ecolodge that gives the opportunity to experience the Berber Culture of the Moroccan High Atlas, only 4 hours away from Marrakech.
Built in adobe, wood and natural materials according to traditional building techniques, it’s a small environment-friendly structure set in the wonderful area of the M’Goun Range, the villages of the Bougmez Valley, and offers a high level of comfort, which is awesome in such an area.
After a long walk, it’s really pleasant to relax in the traditionnal taddelakt hammam. And from the roof terraces at night, you can see thousands of stars… Dar Itrane also has a wide library focusing on the Berber Culture.
It’s a good base to go and explore the close traditional villages of the valley, meet the locals or go trekking to the Azourki or the M’Goun Summit, for example.
The team at Dar Itrane is really friendly; they always cook delicious Moroccan dishes and are happy to introduce you to their way of living in the High Atlas.
phone number : +212 23 459 312
You can reach the Bougmez Valley using local transportation (collective taxis) from Bad Doukkala in Marrakech. Take a taxi to Azilal first, and then change to Tabant/Bougmez Valley.
Spectacular setting at the top of the Imlil Valley, beneath Mt Toubkal in the Atlas Mountains (60km from Marrakech). One of the most special valleys I've been to. Food is great, the place is run by a local Berber guy, and there's a great hamman to soak in after walking in the mountains. Best time to visit is October and November when it's a bit cooler. The upmarket rooms are quite pricey but I went at New Year with four friends and stayed in the cheaper dorms, which were great.
This is a fantastic little mountain biking company that leads independent trips through the high Atlas Mountains.
The main guide has spent years running trips in this area and as such introduces you to little-known single tracks and beautiful vistas - plus, because it's pretty free and easy you may find yourself on a unique little adventure!
They work with independent local tour companies and accommodation consists of traditional Berber-style village houses, meaning that you get a real slice of local life.
The trails are beautiful, the life simple and the experience of breaking away from all the other big-style travel companies is quite irreplaceable.
217 Derinton Road, London SW17;
tel: 07940 296711 (in the UK);
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