Seeing Marrakech, and Morocco, from the ground is one thing, but imagine the scene from up above. A hot air balloon ride, early in the morning – preferably at sunrise – is the perfect way to witness the panorama of the Atlas Mountains, the ochre walls of the city and the winding medina. For 27 years, Maroc Montgolfiere has been offering scenic flights which highlight perfectly the contrast between city and countryside. The whole experience lasts around four hours and begins with a pick-up from the riad. Guests are then driven in a 4×4 to the take-off position, which is located around 25 miles north of the Palmeraie area of Marrakech, in a typical Moroccan village.
Expectations rise as the balloon is inflated and then there are plenty of magical moments as take-off begins. For around an hour the views open up and the colours of the city, surrounding region and the bright blue sky allow for great photographic opportunities.
Afterwards, there’s time to relax and enjoy a local breakfast at a villager’s home before a transfer back. We thoroughly recommend this experience, it gives a useful perspective on the local geography and the balloon voyage promises to remain with you long after you land.
For more information, see www.marocmontgolfiere.com