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Mountain rambling is an activity beloved by many on holiday, but those used to doing it in more familiar environs such as Europe and North America will be intrigued by what awaits south of the Mediterranean, in the craggy Atlas Mountains which stretch from Morocco's lower Atlantic coast across Algeria and north Tunisia. With terrain ranging from fairly gentle and arid, like the rest of these countries, the Atlas also offer some unique wildlife and the chance to experience the culture of the local Berber people (in whose language the words for mountain, adrar and adras, give this range its name, though another version traces it back to Greek mythology, when the hero Perseus used the head of Medusa to turn the Titan Atlas to stone, thus transforming the giant into the range).

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