Moroccan Moments

The Travellers Guide to Morocco

The Ourika Valley - a Trip From Marrakech.

The High Atlas Mountains
The Draa Valley
The Ourika Valley
The Dad├ęs Valley
Moulay Idriss
The Rif Mountains

Map of the Ourika Valley, near Marrakech

The Ourki valley, situated in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, is popular as a tourist trip from Marrakech, taking around an hour by car to reach it's lower stretches along a reasonably good road.

The route is popular with a wide variety of tourists, including locals, escaping the heat of Marrakech for a day out.

The traffic on the road will include the usual combination of smart cars/minibuses, minibuses and grande taxis that seen a hard life, and motorbikes with a single rider or a whole family.

One of the many riverside restaurants

One of the many riverside restaurants
One of the waterfalls in the Ourika Valley

Waterfall (in mid summer)

The road passes through a number of small Berber villages as it enters the mountains, with many of the villagers having set up pottery or rug stalls in anticipation, or simply willing to offer mint tea to organised trips. Although organised, these do offer an insight into village life and the people are very welcoming.

There are also a large number of restraunts, or food establishments set up along the route beside the river, in a number of cases having tables in the water so you can cool your feet while you eat.

It is also possible walk to waterfalls in the river (local guide required), the first of which is at an altitude of around 1500m. The walk is not an easy one, and don't expect peace and quiet - there are likely to be quite a lot of people there.

On a clear day, most likely in winter, there will be impressive views of the Atlas Mountains as you approach and from higher up.

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