Views on the road of the 1000 Kasbahs

When exploring Morocco, a visit to two of the highlights of this intriguing country, Marrakech and the Sahara Desert, is inevitable.  

Lucky for us, just as inevitable is the road that connects these two incredible places; a road full of adventures and memorable sights.

Even though the ten hour drive there and ten hour drive back might be considered quite intense, it is definitely worth it, as this roadtrip takes you right into the heart and soul of the country. 

Starting from Marrakech, the highway winds heavily through the breathtaking Atlas Mountains, peaking at the Tizi-n-Tichka pass at an height of 2260 meters; a perfect spot for a panoramic view and a breath of fresh mountain air.

Moving on, the road continues towards Ait Ben Haddhou, a beautifully preserved UNESCO heritage site from the 11th century.

Passing the Moroccan version of Hollywood 'Ouerzazate' and the palm fringed Skoura valley, you'll enter the 'Road of the 1000 Kasbahs'. It's worth going off road for a few nights and pay a visit to the Boulmalne Dades Valley where you can drive up to the viewpoint for the Dades Gorge. The Valley of Roses is another amazing side track to take, where you can also admire some of the many many Kasbah's (fortresses) along the way. 

Once you get to the most common starting point of the Sahara Desert, Merzouga, you will be enriched with many more impressions of the beautiful landscapes, culture and people. Lucikly you'll have another ten hours to go on the way back!