If you have several days then definitely try to book a proper trip to the Sahara where you can stay overnight in a Bedouin tent, etc, but if you only have 3 or so days like us, you won’t have enough time to do that. Instead, if you have a car (or even by taxi maybe as they are very cheap) go to the Désert d’Agafay (Agafay Desert) – a rocky but equally stunning desert only an hour or so outside Marrakech. The contrast that you see between desert & camels, surrounded by the snowy Atlas mountains is simply breathtaking.
We had lunch at La Pause – right in the middle of the Agafay desert – which is a spectacular place. They are spread out over quite a large portion of land and you have everything from lounge chairs and hammocks to tents that accommodate large parties. The weather is nice pretty much literally all year round, so even in their ‘winter’ it was 20-22 degrees during the day, albeit only about 5 at night! Still, it meant we could sunbathe and walk around in t-shirts during the day which was just amazing for us ultra whities living in London.
Since there was a big group of us, they set us up in a tent and gave us a set menu of the best food I had during my stay for just £35. We had a started of fresh cherry tomatoes, guacamole and freshly baked Moroccan bread, followed by an incredible beef, apricot and prune tagine (typical dish) and lastly a light and fruity dessert.
Of course we then took some time to explore our surroundings and take in the spectacular views all round. As you can see, although it is a rocky desert, you get the impression of being in a real desert, complete with dunes and so much surrounding space & tranquility. We took a whole series of amazing pictures and stayed until sunset where the colours just got more intense and beautiful.