Looking to escape the busy streets of Marrakech? Ourika Valley is the perfect place for a day trip! Located on the southern slopes of the High Atlas Mountains, this lush green valley is full of scenic beauty. Be sure to climb the waterfalls at Setti Fadma and visit a Berber house while you’re there. And don’t forget to sip some mint tea – it’s a must in Morocco!
Get away from the hustle and bustle of Marrakech with a private full-day tour of Ourika Valley. This is your chance to see traditional Berber villages, fruit orchards, and stunning views of the Atlas mountains. With a local guide, you can go at your own pace and learn about the culture while hiking to Setti Fatma waterfalls.
Take a day trip to Ourika Valley and explore the beauty of the Atlas Mountains. Start your journey at 09:00 am from your riad or hotel in Marrakech and drive through the valley to reach the Atlas Mountains foothills. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to visit a local Berber market where you can find plenty of fresh produce Monday mornings. Once you reach successive mountain villages, take some time to enjoy different landscapes before making your first stop at a traditional Berber family home for breakfast. You’ll be treated with authentic tea, bread, and olive oil while learning more about their culture firsthand.
Next, take a tour of Setti Fatma and enjoy the beautiful scenery it has to offer! This is an excellent place for hiking, with your guide leading the way up to the first waterfall. After working up an appetite, you can head back for lunch at a local café next to the stream. The view from here is stunning! You will also visit a region that still uses medieval agricultural traditions. You’ll be able to take pictures of green terraces surrounding the Atlas Mountains while walking around this peaceful valley. By 04:00 pm, you will return to Marrakech, where your day trip ends.
If you want to get to Ourika Valley from Marrakech quickly, then you should take the Via P2017 route. This journey will only take 40 minutes instead of the usual 45.
There are many restaurants and cafes in Ourika Valley for lunch or snacks. You can choose from classic restaurants located inside guesthouses in Berber villages. The best option (weather permitting) is the riverside cafes that serve BBQ and delicious Moroccan salads under the shade of walnut trees.
Setti Fatma waterfalls are the best hiking opportunity in Ourika Valley. You can hike from Setti Fatma village (1500 m) to the first waterfall (1700 m), which takes up to 2 hours. If you’re a trekking fan, you can hike further to visit seven waterfalls at 2200 m – but this adventure requires 4 hours and an expert local guide for your safety.
If you visit Ourika Valley with children, the best activities for them include:
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