Some suggestions for ways to fill some of your time when relaxing in the house needs breaking up with some culture and scenery.
Walk through the village.
No guide necessary here. Just wander as far as you like.
Visit the donkey sanctuary nearby.
Run by a lovely retired English couple, this place is donkey heaven and they would love to show you around. They can also bring donkeys to the house to take you and the kids off for a fun donkey ride.
Drive up to the lake.
Only a 15 minute drive away is a reservoir /lake called Lalla Takkerkoust. The area is stunningly beautiful and worth a trip. Go for lunch at one of the various cafe / restaurants around the lake. There are jet skis for rent there too! You may prefer to take a packed lunch form our kitchen.
A day out in the High Atlas mountains.
You are within very easy reach of some jaw dropping mountain scenery and cultural adventure! Why not heard for Asni and Ouirgane (two villages in the hills that should not be missed). There is a Berber market at Asni every Saturday where you will be amazed at what can be found for sale!Â Ouirgane is in a beautiful valley which lends itself brilliantly to great walking and horse riding. We can help you plan this from the house.
Go trekking for the day.
From the village of Imlil (around 45 minutes drive from Tagadert), one can set off on a guided day trek in the foothills of mount Toubkal, Morocco’s highest peak. Imlil is a real trekkers paradise and there are many guides and organised walks to take from there.Â For the really adventurous, why not ascend Toubkal itself? (2 days required for this).
A fun day at the nearby aqua park Oasiria
This is certainly the most charming aquapark I have ever been to! It is beautifully maintained and has lots of fun for all ages. Located only 15 minutes form the house (heading into Marrakech), this is an ideal day out with kids, especially during the warmer months. http://www.oasiria.com/
Explore Marrakech by day.
You may have come to escape form busy places and Chez Max is certainly going to do that for you BUT who could resist a dip into the madness and excitement of Marrakech?!
Marrakech is an insatiable adrenaline monster which has kept me excited for the past 30 years and never fails to deliver to those looking for a buzz! You could dip in for a quieter mornings souking (shopping in the souks is much easier in the morning as there are far less people and the shop keepers have yet to lose their rag with each other as the day wears on!). Alternatively, you may want to experience the Place Jma El Fna (Marrakech’s famous UNESCO World heritage site) at its most throbbing. For this, head to the square an hour before sunset to watch the circus unveil itself and transform into a crushing pool of madness with food stalls starting cooking at sunset, it seems that the entire planet is descending upon the famous square! Take a mint tea on a rooftop cafe to watch this from a far.
Marrakech by night.
Marrakech has a real nightlife underworld which revolves around salubrious piano bars, restaurants, casino’s and then its boogie time from around midnight in various super cool, uber-chic night clubs and lounge bars. Email me for recommendations!
A day at the seaside (or two!)
Essaouira (3 hour drive from Marrakech)
I am a big lover of the spectacular Atlantic coastline. Essaouira is a must for those who have never been with its fascinating history, wonderful fishing port, its Gnaoua music festival and for those who like to kitesurf; this is the place! Known as the windy city, this place has strong, reliable wind for around 300 days a year. There are wood workshops selling all sorts of lovely Thuya wood knick knacks as well as a growing number of art galleries. Essaouira has a funky vibe to it and I recommend making it at least an overnight stay.
Oualidia (3 hour drive from Marrakech)
For those who really want something very quiet on the sea, Oualidia is that place. Located further north than Essaouira and on an 11 km long lagoon, a sleepy fishing village with nothing to do but to enjoy wonderful empty and protected beaches around the lagoon with views that leave you feeling envigorated. Watching the tide come in and out and the changing sand patterns in the lagoon is mesmerising and restful. There is action too though; surfing is brilliant there at the French run surf school ‘Surfland’ (they don’t have a website as they are too well known for that!) and veteran surfer Laurent Miramon runs a brilliant school with all the equipemt, tuition and know how you could ever need as a beginner or a pro. Other activities not to miss are a boat ride up the lagoon to see the amazing bird life and Oyster tasting.