THE OURIKA VALLEY – 1 day trip (or ½ day) 60km (just under 40miles) South of Marrakech
Easily accessible by road the Ourika Valley, in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, is only 30 minutes drive from the centre of Marrakech. A very popular destination for both tourists and Moroccans alike. The road to the Ourika valley is bordered by lush gardens, palm and fruit trees, small picturesque villages with small roadside cafés and restaurants. Locals like to visit Ourika in the summer months when the air is significantly cooler than in Marrakech and the countryside is lush and green. At the entrance to the valley there is a fork in the road with one part leading to Oukaimden, Marrakech´s ski-station, and the other winds through the valley itself all the way to Sitti Fatma. Along the route there are shops selling beautiful handmade pottery, carpets, jewellery and Argan oil based cosmetic products. If you are after a calm, peaceful and relaxing day this could be one for you. There are many riverside restaurants serving tajines, barbecued meat and salads. Just one word of warning, agree a price before eating (very few have written menus) so as to avoid any ´misunderstandings´ when the bill is presented.
* You can usually choose your departure time for this excursion.