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Family adventures in the Atlas Mountains

Our Family Atlas Adventure is a thrilling discovery of one of North Africa’s most fun and friendly countries; who better to tell you about it than seven-year-old Noah, who travelled with his dad Sam!
When my dad first told me we were going for an adventure in the Atlas Mountains I was really excited. I was looking forward to exploring the mountains like Bear Grylls and seeing marketplaces like in Disney’s Aladdin. On our trip we visited Marrakech, Ouiragne, Taroudant and Essaouira, and each one had some really good bits.
Marrakech had a marketplace just like in Aladdin. It was called Djemma El-Fnaa square and it was really colourful and full of delicious smells. There were stalls selling lots of different things and you could try so many different types of food.

We then visited the town of Ouiragne, in the High Atlas; the views were amazing! We went on a mule trek through the foothills which made me feel like Bear Grylls, and riding a mule was a much better idea than having to walk all day. When we left Ouiragne we drove over the Tizi N’Test Pass – my dad loved this bit. He said that looking down into the valley was one of the most beautiful things he’d ever seen, and I loved it too as it was the highest I’d ever been – except for in an aeroplane of course!
During our trip we got to explore the ruins of a medieval mosque, Tin Mal. It was really big and old, but the best thing was the family of owls that we saw nesting there. We all found this really exciting, along with the other animals we saw on our trip. My favourites were the goats that climbed the trees – goats don’t climb trees! In Morocco they do though.

My favourite part of our trip was in Essaouira. We rode camels on the beach – they definitely aren’t as comfy as horses or mules and the way they stand up and sit down is weird! The best bit was learning to surf. I had never been surfing before but I really enjoyed it and I smiled all day – it was definitely the best thing I’ve done by far.
Throughout our trip we got to try lots of Moroccan food – there was so much tagine but I really liked it. We also drank lots of tea, which was delicious. We stayed in special hotels called riads and met Berber families, which was really interesting, especially when they taught us how to cook.  
Our holiday was so much fun – we had lots of adventures and new experiences. I can’t wait for the next one!

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