Morocco: more than just a beach holiday.

A holiday in Morocco doesn’t automatically mean a stay in a beach resort. If walking is your thing, why not base yourself in a beautiful hilltop kasbah just 35 minutes from Marrakech International Airport and 45 minutes from Marrakech Medina? The Kasbah Bab Ourika lies at the gateway to the Altas Mountains and offers superb 360 degree panoramic views of the mountains and the lush river valley below.

Enjoy the pool and hammam in this small hotel and its in-house restaurant, serving dishes made from local organic ingredients. Its roof terrace offers wonderful sunset views.

You’ll feel reassured to be led by a resident guide on walks through olive groves to local Berber villages and authentic markets, or if you’re fighting fit, you can sign up for a trek into the remote Salt National Park. The hotel will organize mules, guides and a picnic for when you stop to refuel. Prices for a double room start at £93 per night. Visit www.kasbahbabourika.com for further details.

Easy Jet (www.easyjet.com) flies to Marrakech from London Stansted, and Ryanair (www.ryanair.com) from Bristol, East Midlands, Edinburgh and London’s Stansted and Luton airports. So with your flight and accommodation sorted, you can concentrate on organizing your mountain trekking experience!

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