Moroccan Road Trip: Marrakech to Fez

Want to know the best way to get from Marrakech to Fez? – Drive the long way around, via all the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara Desert.

The distance from Marrakech and Fez is only 530 km. So sure, it would be pretty quick to take the direct route. It would actually take less than 6 hours on the A7.

Marrakech to the Atlas Mountains

Passing through landscapes of cherry blossoms, densely wooded forests, and apple plantations in parts of the Middle Atlas reminded us of Europe.

Hiking in The Atlas Mountains

The Atlas Mountains are home to Morocco’s traditional Berber tribes. Small villages dot the side of the road, as do those perched impossibly on the sides of the highest peaks.

Moroccan Argan Oil

This small industry is vital to the local economy, along with the cultivation of numerous herbs that are processed into medicinal, culinary, and beauty products.

Ait Benhaddou

The site was once one of the most important fortress strongholds on the old Salt Road when caravans brought slaves, gold, ivory, and salt from Saharan Africa to Marrakech and beyond.


We notice the small plantations of alfalfa and wheat. Orchards of almond trees, dates, apples, cherry blossoms, apricots, and much more. It is peaceful, beautiful, and incredibly abundant!

Berber Medicine

After some local Berber chiropractic techniques, a visit to a local Berber pharmacy was in order, as we were all suffering various ailments that come about from travelling.

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