Morocco’s landscapes are breathtaking. Whether you see them from a motorized vehicle, or from the back of a camel, you are sure to be wowed by the experience. But those who are looking for an adventure in Morocco could consider seeing Morocco’s amazing landscapes and city-scapes from a different angle entirely. Morocco from the air could be the adventure of a lifetime. Morocco helicopter tours will allow you to get a bird’s eye view over this magical country.
Short taster flights will take intrepid adventurers into the skies over the city, or over the palm trees of Marrakech. Located on the northern edge of the city, the Palmeraie is a palm oasis of thousands of trees, covering an area of around 54 square miles. There are now over 100,000 date palms here, as well as olive and fruit trees. Only from the air can you truly get a sense of the scale of this historic plantation.
Adventurous travelers can take a longer helicopter tour from Marrakech to discover the landscapes and attractions of the Atlas mountains. Flights will often take travelers over Lake Takkerkouste, Ouirgane, Jbel Toubkal, Oukaimeden, and the Ourika Valley.
Just a stone’s throw from Marrakech is the man-made reservoir of Lake Takkerkouste, a blue splash nestled in the arid landscape. This manmade lake on the edge of the Agafay Desert was built between 1929 and 1935 under the French protectorate to provide Marrakech and the surrounding cities with electricity, and to irrigate surrounding farmland.
Further on, the Berber village of Ouirgane reposes in a beautiful landscape of stunning greenery, red-earth hills, and lush pine forests. An up and coming destination, Ouirgane is at the heart of the stunning Toubkal National Park.
You will continue over Mount Toubkal, the highest peak of the Atlas Mountains at 4,167m. From the air, you will be able to get a sense of the scale and grandeur of the Toubkal Massif, dusty and arid in the summer months and snow-dusted in the winter.
Next, you may pass over the ski resort of Oukaimeden. In winter, this ski facility operates a ski area served by six ski lifts, at an altitude of between 2,600 and 3,200m.
Finally, you will make your way back to Marrakech above the lush Ourika Valley. The Ourika river flows from the High Atlas down towards Marrakech through this stunning valley, with its red and green rocks, and groves of walnuts, willow and poplar trees.
Helicopter tours from Marrakech are also available for longer tours into the deserts to the south. Helicopter flights are a swift and exciting way to reach the desert dunes, stunning oases, and historic kasbahs. Multi-day tours will allow you to get a taste of the Sahara with trips to destinations such as Zagora, Merzouga, Erg Chebbi, and Erg Chigaga. Overnight tours will allow you to take a helicopter ride to one of the luxurious camps in the desert, and perhaps to enjoy a camel trek in the dunes before you return to the city.
The desert city of Zagora takes its name from the mountain of the same name which flanks the settlement, nestled in the Draa river valley. Fly south to the Sahara desert and explore the dusty streets, terracotta buildings and huge skies of this part of the country.
Helicopter flights will also take you to another desert city, Merzouga, another fantastic gateway to the desert sands. This small settlement is a jumping off point for further desert adventures – including camel treks to Erg Chebbi and other desert dunes. Nearby is Dayet Srji, a seasonal salt lake and one of the best birdwatching locations in the country.
This huge expanse of sand dunes to the north of Merzouga is one of the most famous and most popular sights in the Moroccan desert. This is the best known of the ergs, or large seas of wind-blown sand dunes located on the semi-arid Pre-Saharan steppes.
Another popular destination is another area of sand dunes, Erg Chigaga, which is located close to M’hamid, around 98 km south of Zagora. Somewhat less visited than Erg Chebbi, these dunes are not as high, though are more remote and wild, giving a real sense of the wilderness and the exotic.
Helicopter rides from Marrakech will also allow adventurers to fly to one of the beautiful resorts on the coast of the country. Visit Essaouira by air and spend some time out of the heat of the city exploring this serene coastal settlement and wandering the palm-lined lanes of the old fortified medina or windsurf on the blustery beach. Organized tours or private helicopter transfers are available to this and other settlements along the coast. You could also charter a flight to the beach resorts of Agadir, or north to the historic city of Casablanca.
Essaouira is one of the most popular destinations on the Moroccan coastline. What better way to reach this beach retreat than by air? Fly in by helicopter to this beachside haven and you can enjoy exploring the historic sights, such as the Skala de la Kasbah (18th-century seafront ramparts) and the charming little alleys of the old medina. Morocco’s windy city, this is also the place to come if you want to windsurf.
The beach resort of Agadir is a haven for sun-lovers, known for its crescent-shaped sandy beach and its golf courses and other amenities. There is a seaside promenade here with an array of restaurants, cafes and bars, and the remaining walls of the hilltop Kasbah which was destroyed by an earthquake in 1960. Why not take a helicopter tour to spend a little time relaxing by the coast in this popular resort?
A delightful blend of French colonial and art deco architecture characterize this enchanting city – the largest in Morocco. This city could be another enticing destination for a helicopter ride. From the air, you will be able to see the city’s major attractions, such as the huge mosque of Hassan II, while landing will allow you to explore the Mauresque architecture of the downtown, as well as the city’s other historic and cultural attractions.
Consider an exciting Morocco helicopter tour to see this amazing country from the air and see more during your time in the country.
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