20 – 28 March 2021
Morocco is a country of contrasts: The buzz of the medina and exotic souks in Marrakech; tranquil gardens hidden behind high walls, where water is an important feature yet the focus may be on planting for arid conditions; long views to the mountains; warm, hospitable people happy to share their history over a glass of mint tea.
Our first hotel is near Taroudant, south of the Atlas Mountains: Dar al Hossoun is a riad guest house with an amazing garden designed by Eric Ossart and Arnaud Maurières, well-known French garden architects and designers. It offers a warm welcome to guests visiting this special area of Morocco. We discover a good selection of private gardens nearby and visit the beautiful villa and estate of the late Chilean artist Claudio Bravo.
Situated in the countryside near Marrakech, Hotel Les Deux Tours in La Palmeraie is elegant and welcoming. It is surrounded by extensive gardens with views to the mountains. The properties we visit in the area offer a balance between intimate courtyards with vibrant plants, colourful tiles and splashing water, and country gardens known as jnane (gardens of paradise) with orchards and decorative plantings of herbs. We also discover a number of recently created gardens. Finally, fascinating journeys in the Atlas Mountains complete the programme.
Our group is small with about fifteen participants. We use a minibus, as most travel is very local except on the transfer morning through the Atlas. The flights are with Easyjet and include pre-booked upfront seating.
The climate in March will be warm. Extra layers may be needed in the mountains. Lightweight clothing is recommended, with a waterproof jacket in case of a shower and good shoes/trainers for the mountain walk.
Smart casual for the evening
Meals included are shown as B (breakfast), L (lunch) and D (dinner). Often guests meet for drinks before dinner (optional).
Wi-Fi is available in each hotel.
Good walking ability for Marrakech gardens and the medina. The walk in the mountains requires a reasonable level of fitness, although mules are provided for those who prefer to ride.