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Ecological and organic holidays in Marrakech
Today, Marrakesh, a large city in the west of Morocco, is synonymous with ecotourism. The city called the Pearl of the South offers tourism that is increasingly environmentally friendly. In fact, in addition to the traditional explorations of the souks and the legendary square Jemaa el-Fnaa, Marrakesh offers a large number of activities centered on green tourism.
1. Roam Marrakesh using green transport
Although the medina of Marrakesh is regularly humming with scooters and motorbikes, you can hire a bike, which is much more ecofriendly, for exploring the city. You can have it delivered straight to the hotel with all the necessary accessories. If you prefer to save your calf muscles, bank on the very trendy electric bike. A good plan for exploring this region of Morocco!
Horse riding and horse trekking are also organized by Les Cavaliers de l’Atlas (Riders of the Atlas Mountains) so you can see the landscapes in another way and become acquainted with the areas surrounding the city. You can also visit the palm grove of Marrakesh in a horse-drawn carriage.
2. Magnificent gardens to promote biodiversity
You will also be able to visit the fragrant organic Ourika Garden, which aims to raise public awareness around environmental conservation, as well as the benefits of aromatherapy and phytotherapy. It is situated around 30 kilometers away from Marrakesh in the unspoiled Ourika Valley, which is populated with Berbers.
Another unmissable garden in Marrakesh is the Majorelle Garden, situated between the heart of the city and the palm grove. Created by the painter Jacques Majorelle at the end of the 20s, it was purchased in 1980 by Yves Saint-Laurent and Pierre Bergé, who undertook significant restoration work on it. Today it houses 3,000 species of all kinds of plants spread over 1 hectare: cactus, banana trees, aloès, palm trees, bamboo, etc. The garden advocates biodiversity and enthralls visitors with its incredible colors.
3. Thrills and ecotourism in Marrakech
Feel like exerting yourself? You can take a pleasant walk in the surrounding mountains, or even go trekking. For example, really sporty visitors could climb Jebel Toubkal, the highest point in North Africa at… 4,167 m! In addition, climbing the massif of M’Goun is a four-day trek. It offers incredibly diverse landscapes. The lowest mountains in Morocco, the Rif mountain range, offer incredible oak forests. You will also be able to experience traditional Berber villages.
Thrill seekers will be able to visit the Lalla Takerkoust lake, a man-made expanse of water situated half an hour away from Marrakesh. It houses the first water sports center with bioethanol in Africa. An opportunity to go jet-skiing, water skiing or wakeboarding, all while preserving the environment.
To do sporty activities while surrounded by nature, go to Terres d’Amanar. This area, located 35 km away from Marrakesh, is situated on the doorstep of the Toubkal forest reserve at an altitude of 1,200 m. It is the spearhead of ecotourism in Morocco. This natural reserve is located fewer than 30 minutes away from Marrakesh and offers a large number of activities such as ziplines, the aerial adventure park, rock climbing or archery. Moreover, Terres d’Amanar offers you accommodation in the tradition of Berber camping: tents that combine comfort and proximity to the arid and wild landscape.