Imlil is a small village, high up in the Atlas Mountains in Morocco. Sitting 5,710ft above sea level, the village was created due to the demand of tourists flooding the area to visit Toubkal – the highest mountain in North Africa. Of course with an increase in tourists, local residents set up shop here – restaurants, cafes, hotels and shops all soon followed.
Not only do tourists flock to the area to enjoy the mountain walks, the amazing scenery and the snow, Moroccans also head for mountain villages like Imlil to escape the heat in the cities below.
Primarily a base for trekkers and mountaineering visitors, the village was close to destruction in 1995 when it was overcome with record breaking rain. It was, however, the tourism that helped rebuild the community.
Auberge Atlas Tichka is a fantastic restaurant in the village and we have been there every time we have visited Imlil. With 2 terraces giving diners an incredible view of the valley and Toubkal, the breeze upstairs truly is a pleasant respite to the 40+ degrees in the city.
Grab a drink and walk to the river running through the bottom of the village and find a spot to relax. It is tranquil and well worth a visit if you are in the area.