The Ourika Valley is an attractive string of villages along the dangerous river carring the same name. The landscape is fresh and green, and in summer a popular destination when Marrakech is boiling. But in winter the Oued Ourika can be dangerous, and floods sometimes destroy villages, roads and tear up trees You won't often come across areas as green and fresh as the Ourika Valley in Morocco.
If you stop your car, and look over the mountains you might be lucky and spot the Jebel Toubkal, the highest mountain in North Africa.
The Ourika Valley starts about 30 km south of Marrakech, and the tarmac road will slowly bring you 37 km into the valley until you reach Setti Fatma, famous for its seven waterfalls. Take a day off from the city heat to escape southeast of Marrakech. Travel in an air-conditioned/ heated car,and visit the Souk Tnine de L’orika, the gateway to the pleasant Ourika Valley.
The next forty miles of road will be filled with gardens, land cultivated by palm tree plantations and fruit trees, tiny hamlets, summer homes, and cafes and restaurants where it is possible to have lunch in a traditional auberge or if you prefer something more key, a picnic facing the snow capped mountain and overlooking the Ourika River.
Ourika Valley Day Trip Inclusions & Exclusions:
- A comfy 4wd, fuel costs.
- An English Speaking driver.
- Pick up from your Riad or hotel,
- Lunch, drinks.
Distance and duration:
140 km (round trip)