When travelling to Marrakesh you will also have the opportunity to see the Atlas Mountains and the Berber villages. Our hotel looked over the mountains and the chance to go and see these and how the villages lived was a trip that we had to do. Using the guide who we had used for the Souks and the Medina Tod Zankert [todjfk@gmail.com] and his village guide Chiboub we were able to get a fantastic inside into village life and how they live.

We were picked up and taken to our first stop in the foothills which was a house where they not only made there own bread but also butter , olive oil and honey. The views over the river bed and into the foothills where fantastic and very green. and we were shown how they make mint tea and managed to avoid the mobile bead sellers as we parked and went into the house.

We then made our way up the mountain to higher Berber villages passing bridges made of very interesting logs and wire.

A walk up the sides of a mountain into a village with views of the mountain beyond with terracing for the apple trees showing in the lower hills were some great views.

We were then driven out of the villages and up a very rocky road and had a 25 minute walk to our guides Mother in laws house who had cooked a traditional meal for us. This was made up of chicken, cous cous and vegetables which was some of the best food we ate whilst in Morocco. The spartan room had great views over the mountains and made one realise how much these people have in their community and way of life and how we have moved from this to value material possessions and in truth they are the richer!! A good day out and an experience to remember

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Things to see and do in Marrakesh part 2