Day trip from Marrakech to Ouarzazate
Many people simply don’t have the time to spend more than a day on the Morocco Sahara Desert. And for that, ...
Ourika Valley is a beautiful and refreshing getaway from the bustling streets of Marrakech. The area is perfect for a day trip or a longer trip to escape the city and relax in the verdant green valley. The drive from Marrakech to Ourika Valley is breathtaking as you watch the landscape change from the city to the lush green villages, farms, and mountains. You can visit Berber house, climb the setti Fadma waterfalls ad enjoy a cup of tea.
Your trip will be started at 09h00 from your accommodation in Marrakech. The Atlas mountains of Morocco offer a plethora of activities for all travelers, but the most exciting one is the Berber market located in the foothills. All in all, it's a fun market to visit and great for sampling local food; however, the best time to visit it is on a Monday as that is when it is busiest. You can continue your drive from here to the mountain villages.
As you move up the hills you will see wonderful landscapes.
If you want to get a great taste of the real Morocco, then you should stay with a Berber family in the mountains! It's a great way to immerse yourself in the culture and the food. You will enjoy breakfast with bread, olive oil, and tea.
You will continue your hike towards Setti Fatma, for tourists it is a must-go destination because of its beautiful streams, green valleys, open spaces, waterfalls, and cliffs. A guide will accompany you to the first waterfall.
Eat at a charming café by a stream and enjoy the stunning view. You will be able to visit the area where old traditional medieval is used. On the way, you can enjoy mountain ridges and the olive trees dotting the landscape. If you're walking around the valley, it's a great place to take pictures of the green terraces and the Atlas Mountains. Your journey to Ourika valley will come to end around 04h00 pm and you will move back to your accommodation.
The best hiking place in the Ourika Valley is Setti Fatma Waterfalls. From the Setti Fatma, you will hike to the waterfall at a high altitude of 1700m. The hiking time will be 2 hours and if you want to go further there will be seven other waterfalls. However, you will need an expert guide to visit all these areas.
There are lots of cafes and restaurants in Ourika Valley for snacks and lunch breaks. There's a gorgeous guesthouse hidden in nature, surrounded by Berber villages. However, the best thing to choose is Moroccan salads and BBQs.
For children, there are numerous activities in Ourika valley like riding a camel or donkey, and Berber house visits.
The Ourika Valley is one of the most important tourist destinations in Morocco. The valleys overlook the High Atlas Mountains and are a good place for hiking. The most visited sites by tourists are waterfalls and spots that are located in the Ourika Valley. The waterfalls are a good place to go to because they are easily accessible and there are several of them. Visit the landmarks like Ourika River and Berber villages. Ghmat and Jardin du safran are other places to visit.
Although you can visit the valley throughout the year the best time to visit is the month of March, September, and November. The hotel fares will be maximum on these days so you have to book everything in advance.