Culture / Street Photography

Marocco, Marakesh and Atlas

Travel enriches the mind.

Morocco, a North African country bordering the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea, is distinguished by its Berber, Arabian and European cultural influences. Marrakesh’s medina, a mazelike medieval quarter, offers entertainment in its Djemaa el-Fna square and souks (marketplaces) selling ceramics, jewelry and metal lanterns. The capital Rabat’s Kasbah of the Udayas is a 12th-century royal fort overlooking the water.

This project consisted of photography of the capital Marrakesh, the journey to a place in the Atlas mountains and of the Kasbah du Toubka.

In 1989, two British brothers were visiting a Berber mountain guide in Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains, when they set their sights on a ruined Kasbah perched on a hilltop against the soaring backdrop of the tallest mountain in North Africa. Together with their Moroccan host, they pursued a vision of establishing a Berber retreat on the edge of Toubkal National Park that would make these mountains—and the culture of their inhabitants—accessible to those who wished to explore them.

The lodge they created has evolved into one of the most authentic and treasured destinations in Morocco, a tribute to Berber culture and hospitality that welcomes hikers seeking a cozy mountain refuge, groups in need of an inspiring venue to gather, and travelers who wish to have an exceptional cultural experience in a stunning place. A short drive from Marrakech, the award-winning boutique hotel offers 14 comfortable rooms and three family rooms set among delightful terraces and gardens that offer magnificent views of the Atlas peaks.

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