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Natural Beauty and Traditional Culture in the Atlas Mountains at Berber Castle Kasbah Angour, just 30 minutes from Marrakech

August 2, 2019

 

The High Atlas range is known for its dramatic mountain peaks covered in snow for much of the year, its beautiful small villages in far flung places and its biodiversity. One of those villages in the foothills of the mountains is Tahanaout where Berber Castle Kasbah Angour is located.

 

Kasbah Angour is home to 25 individually designed bedrooms and suites and the whole castle is decorated throughout with colourful local Moroccan Berber crafts. Visitors and guests can dine both alfresco and indoors at the Grand Atlas Restaurant where all meals are prepared using local and seasonal produce. There are modern touches also including underfloor heating, air conditioning and Wi-Fi. The hotel has its own shop which is ideal for all manner of small home furnishings and gifts.  

 

Outside at Kasbah Angour and within 10 beautiful acres of diverse gardens, guests will see both ornamental plants, shrubs & tress and plant native to the arid Atlas Mountains. There is also a busy kitchen vegetable garden within the hotel grounds and a wide variety of fruit trees (olive, apricot, plum, peach, pomegranate, orange, mandarin, fig & quince). A large outdoor swimming pool with unique views of the mountains is the place to unwind at throughout the day.

 

This is an area of total natural beauty and remains relatively untouched by tourism. This is part of the appeal and the Berber locals take immense pride in their region. Berbers are Morocco’s proud indigenous people and visiting local Berber villages and staying in a Berber castle only add to the uniqueness of a trip here in the mountains. Kasbah Angour supports the local community in a big way. Not only does the hotel provide permanent jobs but it also purchases everything locally supporting local farmers and businesses. Freelance guides and other professionals are also employed locally and they possess local knowledge and provide a unique awareness of the surroundings.

 

Just 30 minutes outside of Marrakech, Kasbah Angour is ideal for both longer holidays and short breaks. The low humidity in the Atlas Mountains makes this a wonderful destination throughout the year. There is no noise or light pollution at Kasbah Angour just glorious surroundings and peace.  

 

At its highest, the Atlas Mountains stand at 4167 metres above sea level. The slopes seen from Kasbah Angour hide away fertile green valleys in their folds and mountains that have resisted the passage of time and have preserved their natural splendour. There are over 140 protected areas in Morocco to preserve a remarkable 40 plus different ecosystems and thousands of species of animal and plant life.

 

Guided walks from Kasbah Angour include walking through part of the Toubkal National Park which features a changing landscape with seasonal riverbeds, lightly forested mountain sides and varying colours with different rock outcrops. Kasbah Angour offers all manner of outdoor activity holidays including: Half Day Walks (3-4 hours), Full Day Walks (6-7 hours), Visit to the local Souk on Tuesdays (2-3 hours), Visit Imlil for the Day with mule trek & picnic, 4x4 Adventure in the Mountains, Tours of the Mountains by Car, Ascent of Mount Toubkal (2 days), Camel Rides, Visits to Marrakech and Golf.

 

Throughout this region visitors will be able to sample local produce. At Kasbah Angour guests can enjoy a changing seasonal selection of fresh fruit and vegetables, meat from animals that graze on the mountains pastures, the hotel’s own olive oil, walnuts and almonds from local mountains orchards and other Moroccan produce like argan oil and Moroccan wine. 

 

The team at Kasbah Angour are all Moroccan Berbers whilst the owner is British Paul Foulsham who opened the hotel in 2011 and wanted to offer a traditional atmosphere coupled with modern luxuries.

 

Mealtimes are exciting and varied at the hotel’s Le Grand Atlas Restaurant. The dinner menu changes daily and is reasonably priced with three course dinners priced 245 DH (around £20) whilst children under 12 have dinner priced 125 DH (around £10). The focus is on local recipes and home style cooking.  

 

Kasbah Angour is ideal for both short breaks and longer holidays and perfect for couples, groups and families but the hotel also offers single occupancy reductions of 15% on standard & superior room rates. At night, guests relax under the stars and enjoy their bedrooms, all with underfloor heating and air conditioning. There are no televisions, just serenity.

 

The road less travelled is made a lot easier with Kasbah Angour. Discover the mountain of mountains in 2020 staying at a Berber Castle, just 30 minutes from Marrakech airport

 

www.kasbahangour.com

B&B is priced from £110 per room per night

Half-day walk prices range from 295 dirhams (around £24) per person for a group of two to

150 dirhams (around £12) per person for a group of six

Five airlines serve Marrakech from UK airports including easyJet, Ryanair, BA and Air Arabia Maroc

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