After breakfast, we set off up the spectacular Dades Gorge to the end of the asphalt at Msemrir.
The road is a bikers dream winding backwards and forwards on itself. At the top there is a great viewpoint for photographs. It could be souk day in Msemrir, and if so this will give you a great insight into how things we would discard in Europe are recycled and made use of in Morocco. We once saw a man with a stall selling old shoe soles with holes in them!
A quick coffee stop and then, winding our way back down again, initially we will follow the “Route of a Thousand Kasbahs” to Ouarzazarte. Many old kasbahs (fortified houses) in different states of repair can be seen on both sides of the route. One in particular well worth visiting and where we will stop for a refreshment, in the small town of Skoura. Totally renovated it is now a hotel but has maintained its old-world character.
On through Ouarzazate and turn north in the direction of Marrakech. About 35kms out of the city of Ouarzazate is the turning to the Ksar (fortified town)of Ait Ben Haddou, a well-known UNESCO World Heritage site and our destination for the night. A former stopping point for the camel trains bringing slaves and spices from the Sahara over the Atlas Mountains to Marrakech, it is set on a hill overlooking the Ounila River and is full of kasbahs in various states of disrepair. 8 families still remain living in the town. We will park up the bikes and then walk across the bridge and wander around the old town to the top of the hill where there is a good photo point.
Our very attractive hotel, another kasbah but a newbuild but with all the charm, is situated about 3kms beyond Ait Ben Haddou. They have a spa and hammam.
If you are interested in a place on a full tour contact SU to be put on her waiting list & be advised if a place comes free.