Located in the foothills of the Atlas mountains, Asni is a well visited small Berber town. About 50 minutes drive from Marrakech the souk or market is on Saturday. It can be quite busy there on souk day and local hustlers can be a little overwhelming. The drive from Marrakech to Asni is very pretty. In Asni there are a few cafes where one can find a good tagine for lunch overlooking the river, where women can be seen doing their washing and carpets are laid out to dry on bushes.
Turn left at Asni and follow this road for about 7 km to Imlil where life is much calmer and quieter. Imlil is a small Berber village in a stunning valley where you can go for the day and pick up a local mountain guide who will take you on a short or long walk through some of the most beautiful scenery Morocco has to offer. Finish up for tea in a Berber home and enjoy the wonderful natural hospitality of these kind mountain people.
The Kasbah is a welcoming environment for people seeking a comfortable mountain refuge and for those who wish for superb rooms in a stunning setting.
Kasbah Tamadot is a luxurious hotel in the Atlas Mountains which was bought by Richard Branson during one of his ballooning expeditions.
The Lawrence of Morocco map displays the locations of the destinations and accommodation that we have selected and visited; for each item, hovering over or clicking the marker will display a short summary and photo of that place or hotel, and hotel pricing. Follow the links in the info box to the full page listing which has much more information.
Note that the online map offers both a satellite view (click satellite in the top right) and, for some locations, a street level view (Drag the person in the top left onto the map). These let you explore the country; and when you wish to explore in person, or if you have any questions about the places you see, give our staff a call, or request a quote. Our staff regularly visit the places and accommodation that we feature.
When you book a holiday with us we will provide full driving instructions for reaching your accommodation, where necessary; these can be used by yourself, or you could enjoy the luxury of a driver. Alternatively we will arrange private (car rather than coach) transfers for you; helicopter transfers are also possible for some destinations.
We had a fantastic time - thank you so much.
We had a fantastic time - thank you so much. We were so grateful that you recommended we do a bit of Marrakech and the Atlas - it was the perfect balance. We loved Les Deux Tours - didn’t want to leave and La Roserie though not as chic made up for it in other ways with such lovely staff, and as ...
Travel writer, Martin Hemming, travelled to Rabat with Lawrence of Morocco in March 2014, writing for the Sunday Times.
When travelling around Morocco it is not (contrary to common belief) necessary for women to ‘cover up’ out of respect for local modesty traditions. Morocco is a very mixed society with Moroccans who dress as westerners and more traditional families dressing in a more traditional way.
The only areas of the country where it is advisable for women to cover up their legs and shoulders would be in some parts of the High Atlas Mountains (very remote areas) where the locals are rarely visited by foreigners. It is highly unlikely that you will be visiting these areas on any holiday arranged by Lawrence of Morocco.