Day Trip from Marrakech to Ourika Valley

Ourika Valley 14

The Ourika Valley is the easiest, closest and thus one of the most popular day trips from Marrakech. On our Ourika day trip you’ll travel on a private tour with your own vehicle, driver and guide. To achieve a truly authentic Ourika Valley experience we aim to avoid the typical tourist traps and focus on real Berber village life, exploring local trails on foot far away from the fleets of tour buses.

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Departing Marrakech one of our first visits is to a locally Argan cooperative where we will see local women cultivating and pressing the Argan nut to make cooking oil, butter and cosmetic products. Next you have the chance to visit a souk located near a picturesque Zaouia. Every Monday the largest souk of the valley is held there.

Continuing along the valley following the Ourika River we’ll experience classic Ourika scenery of palm tree plantations and fruit trees with tiny hamlets, summer homes of wealthy locals and riverside restaurants. At Setti Fatma, a favourite weekend resort of many Marrakshis, we will visit the famous tomb of Setti Fatma.
Next we drive around the valley enjoying views of high green terraces, surrounding Atlas peaks, rocky village foothills and the seven small waterfalls that surround the village. After enjoying a tasty Berber lunch there is time to explore on foot, following village trails in search of a traditional way of life before we make the return drive to Marrakech.

Schedule
09;00 Depart Marrakech on the Setti Fatma road
13;00 Traditional lunch in a Berber house
16:15 Depart on drive back to Marrakech

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