Adventure Activities

CNN GO travels to Marrakech

CNN GO travels to Marrakech This week we stumbled upon a lovely short film, watchable online, on CNN Go – the travel arm of CNN. In the film, writer and hotelier Maryam Montague takes us on a hot air balloon ride over Morocco’s Red City and Chef Moha Fedal takes us on a scooter ride

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Getting lost in Marrakesh

Get lost! in Marrakesh To get lost in a foreign city is a fear that many of us have, but putting away the map can be just the thing for adventure. The souks of Marrakech are – we promise – a great place to get lost in. So, what to expect? Well, cast adrift in

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Polo in Morocco

Polo is a sport famously played by kings and noblemen. Dating back to a time when royal guards and elite troops practised it as a form of cavalry training, it is still popular with wealthy Moroccans today. Marrakech is home to North Africa’s first polo resort, Jnan Amar Marrakech (www.jnanamar.com). There, in the southern corner

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Berber Rafting, activity near Marrakesh

A great way to get active and see Morocco’s countryside is to get out and about on the country’s rivers. One of the best ways to do this is by booking a trip with Dutch-owned company Berber Rafting. A white water rafting and adventure company, most tours involve taking guests to the mountains, trekking on

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Terres D’Amanar – outside Marrakesh

Just a 30 minute drive out of Marrakech takes you to the lively estate of Terres D’Amanar, located at the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. A fine example of ecotourism and sustainable development in Morocco, Terres d’Amanar makes for a great, fun day out. Active types will enjoy the zip-wires, trekking, horse riding, climbing and

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Marrakech Atlas Etape – cycling in Morocco

Never mind the classic European cycling climbs of the Alps and the Pyrenees, there are plenty of other mountainous areas to get stuck in to before the summer months. After the triumph of the first Marrakech Atlas Etape in 2013, registration is now open for cyclists who wish to join in 2014. Cycling seems to

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Go ‘off-road’

Cyclists who like to go ‘off-road’ should look no further than AXS (www.argansports.com), a Marrakech-based bicycle company which offers touring, distribution, retail, and soon, a café. Ideal for ex-pats who are looking for an alternative way to explore Morocco, or for visitors who are keen for an adrenaline-filled trip. Tours include the easy, beginner-level ‘Magical

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Ski Morocco

Skiers looking for a good-value adrenaline filled adventure could do worse than head to Africa’s highest ski resort (complete with the highest ski lift in North Africa at 3273m), Oukaimeden, 45 miles south of Marrakech. The longest run is 3km and while the piste is not as polished as European resorts, but it’s a fantastic

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Flying High – Maroc Montgolfiere

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

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Ecomusée Berbere de l’Ourika, day trip from Marrakech

Berber culture is all the rage nowadays. You may have been to the wonderful Maison de la Photographie (46 Ahal Fès; 212-524-385-721; maison-delaphotographie.com) already, but have you visited its sister site, the Ecomusée Berbere de l’Ourika? This quirky little museum lies 37km outside of Marrakech – making it ideal for an afternoon excursion- and its

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