The Atlas Mountains provide Morocco with a rocky, 500 kilometre-long spine and also add geographical variety to this most interesting of North African countries. With peaks rising to over 4000 metres, the several Atlas ranges can boast a wealth of excellent trekking routes. These mountains are also home to the Berber people, a fascinating race who have herded livestock in the high valleys of the Atlas for many centuries. South and east of the Atlas, the landscape becomes increasingly dry. Here, there are several subsidiary ranges, on the edge of the great Sahara Desert. The Jebel Sahro is one such range, with 2500 metre peaks and a number of well established treks, perfect during the winter months. As well as its mountains, Morocco has a long Atlantic coastline, with lots of great places to chill out after a trek, such as the old fortified port of Essaouira. With its Berber, Arab and French influences, Morocco presents an interesting cultural mix, whilst the ancient, ochre city of Marrakech remains true to its romantic image. Each evening in its central square of the Djemaa el-Fna, dancers, snake-charmers, story-tellers and assorted tradesmen vie for the attention of the bedazzled visitor. Trekkers, mountain bikers, family and school groups can all benefit from this essentially low-cost adventure travel destination.

Geography

Morocco spans from the Atlantic Ocean, to mountainous areas, to the Sahara (desert). Morocco is a Northern African country, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, between Algeria and the annexed Western Sahara. A large part of Morocco is mountainous with the Rif Mountains located in the north of the country and the Atlas Mountains, located mainly in the center and the south of the country.  The Atlas provide Morocco with a rocky, 500 kilometre-long (300 miles) spine and, at the same time, add considerable geographical variety. With peaks rising to over 4000 metres (13000ft.), the several ranges that comprise the Atlas are home to a wealth of excellent trekking routes. These mountains are also home to the Berber people, a fascinating race, of uncertain ancestory who have herded sheep and horses in the high valleys of the Atlas for many centuries. In the rainshadow of the Atlas Mountains, towards the south and east, the landscape becomes increasingly dry. Here, there are several subsidiary ranges, on the very edge of the great Sahara Desert. The Jebel Sahro is one such range, with peaks of 2500 metres (8000ft.).

Time Zone

The time in Morocco is GMT + 0 hours.