This range of mountains exerts a magnetic attraction for trekkers, and it’s easy to see why. You can opt for either a single day’s trek in the foothills (which come alive with wonderful displays of wild flowers in springtime) or a longer multi-day hike further into the mountains.You’re unlikely to get all the way to the summit of Jebel Toubkal – at almost 14 000ft, this is the highest peak in North Africa. You will however get to enjoy views of rugged, snow-capped peaks, and Berber villages with distinct adobe architecture.The Atlas Mountains consist of three different ranges, but our recommendation would be to spend time in the High Atlas, which are the most scenic and offer the best hiking opportunities. You’ll also enjoy incredible stargazing at night, once you’re away from the city lights.The Atlas Mountains form a natural barrier between the Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines, and the dunes of the Sahara Desert. This means that they have an intriguing mixture of African and more European wildlife, although some of these species, such as the Atlas bear, are sadly extinct.