The biggest mountain range in North Africa, the High Atlas, rewards one with views of fertile valleys surrounded by sparkling rivers and cascading waterfalls. The High Atlas is a haven for photography enthusiasts and has some of the most alluring spots of Morocco. The rugged High Atlas region, and the desert towards its east, is home to Morocco’s most striking and rich historical structures. Let’s have a look at some of the best attractions to explore in the High Atlas ranges.
Ait Ben Haddou
Ben Haddou Kasbah is one of Morocco’s most photogenic buildings and in fact one of the best-preserved kasbahs in the entire Atlas region as well. This astoundingly surprising structure made of huge orange mud bricks lies nestled amidst lush almond trees. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, this Kasbah has been featured in nearly 20 films and has increasingly attracted tourists. You must climb up to the turrets atop the Kasbah to enjoy stunning panoramic views.
Enclosed by a cape of thousands of olive trees, the three-tiered Ouzoud waterfalls drop 110 metres into a canyon. Situated in a country known for its desert landscapes, this dramatic waterfall creates an attractive contrast and offers great opportunities for photography. You would love to explore the beauty of the falls from various viewpoints. Hire a guide, if you want to go closer to the falls. The Ouzoud falls are at their best from the month of March to June, when the water level is high and the place gets lively with the crowds camping near the waterfalls.
The Draa Valley is a picturesque oasis home to magnificent Kasbahs, beautiful sand dunes, vast green plains, and Morocco’s largest river–the Draa. The valley is a beautiful blend of nature and history evinced by the ancient cave paintings and carvings found in the area. The town is home to a famous mosque that has a collection of illuminated Qur’ans in its library. The famous statuette of Venus of Tan-Tan, one of the oldest prehistoric sculptures ever discovered, was also found in the Draa Valley. This village is also famed for its cheap pretty green and brown pottery.