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Ourika Valley: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Marrakesh: Ourika Valley & Atlas Mountains Day Tour

1. From Marrakesh: Ourika Valley & Atlas Mountains Day Tour

Experience the beauty of the Ourika Valley up-close on this full-day scenic tour from Marrakesh, and escape the hustle and bustle of the city for the day. The Ourika Valley is the closest day trip from Marrakesh, but it’s not just its convenience that makes it special. Drive towards the Atlas Mountains, taking in the beautiful landscape of green meadows and authentic 16th and 17th-century Berber villages. If you take your tour on a Monday, you can even stop at a roadside souk. See fruit orchards, vegetable terraces, and villages clinging to the side of hills. Marvel at the labor undertaken by the Berbers who hoisted materials to construct small houses up mountainsides, and work the terraces in a hostile environment. Continue along the valley of palm trees, following the Ourika River. Fruit trees, tiny hamlets, riverside restaurants, and the summer homes of the wealthy will keep you occupied. Go to Setti Fatma to feel the refreshing waters. Feel the spray on your face as you cool down from the African heat, along with the locals of Marrakech who have made it their favorite weekend retreat.

Marrakech: Atlas Mountains & 5 Valleys Day Tour with Lunch

2. Marrakech: Atlas Mountains & 5 Valleys Day Tour with Lunch

Leave the hustle and bustle of Marrakech behind for a day and head to the Atlas Mountains and the 5 Valleys. Your first stop is the famous waterfalls of Ourika valley. Enjoy spectacular views of different landscapes as far as you can see. Watch Berber women extract Argan oil – unique to Morocco.  Continue through the Oukaimden Valley on secluded mountain roads and pass through traditional Berber villages built from adobe and stones. Discover the authentic life of Berber people and enjoy a delicious lunch in a typical Berber house with an amazing view over Sidi Fares valley. Visit the Asni valley, famous for its apple, walnut, almond and peach trees, and enjoy the sight of the snowy summits of the Atlas Mountains.  Conclude the tour with a drive back to Marrakech passing by the fifth valley, Tahanaout.

From Marrakech: Ourika Valley Day Trip

3. From Marrakech: Ourika Valley Day Trip

Experience one of the best adventures on a day trip from Marrakech and visit the Ourika Valley in the High Atlas Mountains. Depart Marrakech at 09:30 and head towards the Ourika Valley with a private driver. Journey through the spectacular landscapes of the valley, known for its many waterfalls and Berber settlements in the heart of the Atlas Mountains terrain. Visit a Berber family to learn more about everyday life in the area, and then enjoy a relaxing day in the scenic settlement of Setti Fatma (Sti Fadma). Visit the 7 waterfalls of the village, nestled at the southern end of the Ourika Valley. Get enchanting views of the natural surroundings and enjoy your lunch in a beautiful restaurant near the Ourika River. Return to Marrakech by about 17:30. 

The Atlas Mountains and 5 Valleys Day Trip from Marrakech

4. The Atlas Mountains and 5 Valleys Day Trip from Marrakech

Enjoy a full-day trip from Marrakech to the most beautiful valleys of the High Atlas Mountains region in the company of an experienced guide. First, on your way to Ourika valley, you will enjoy the stunning sceneries. Take a 90-minute hike to see waterfalls and some spectacular vistas. Along the way, you’ll see Berber women extracting the unique Argan oil. Continue on to the second valley, Oukaimden, and take a secluded mountain road up to 1,800 meters above sea level. You’ll pass through many traditional Berber villages built from adobe and stones, and see the daily life of local Berber people. When you arrive at Ait Fares, the third valley, you’ll be served a delicious full lunch. Enjoy a typical meal of soup, salad, Berber tajine, couscous, dessert, mint tea and mineral water in a local home surrounded by breathtaking scenery. After that, you’ll visit the fourth valley, Asni, best known for its fruit trees, where you can enjoy the views of the snowy summits of the High Atlas Mountains. The tour concludes with a drive back to Marrakech via the fifth valley of Tahanaout, arriving back in Marrakech at approximately 5:00 PM, and a drop-off at your accommodation.

Marrakech: Half-Day Trip to the Atlas Mountains

5. Marrakech: Half-Day Trip to the Atlas Mountains

Following morning pick-up from your hotel in Marrakech, experience one of the best adventures within easy access of the city and journey to the Ourika Valley in the Atlas Mountains. Climb aboard an air-conditioned minivan and travel in a small group with an English-speaking guide for approximately 1 hour. Marvel at the snow-capped peaks of the mountains as you approach the Ourika Valley, famous for its waterfalls and photogenic landscapes. Benefit from plenty of stops to take pictures of the stunning scenery throughout the morning. Upon arrival, join an expert mountain guide and embark on an optional 100-minute hike around the area and to its refreshing waterfalls. Alternatively, relax at one of the riverside cafés with a drink while you wait for the rest of the group to complete their trek. Then, visit an argan oil factory run by local Berber women to learn more about how the unique oil of Morocco is produced. Enjoy a full traditional breakfast of mint tea, argan oil, olive oil, honey, amlou (nut spread similar to peanut butter) and freshly baked bread prepared by the women right before your eyes. Journey back to Marrakech for an approximate 13:00 arrival, and get dropped off at your original departure point.

From Marrakech: Atlas Mountains, Ourika Valley, & Camel Ride

6. From Marrakech: Atlas Mountains, Ourika Valley, & Camel Ride

Departure from your hotel in Marrakech via the old Medina of Marrakech,after 30 min driving from Marrakech get a Pause in a Camel station to ride the camels for 30min after getting dressed Bleu outfits like touaregs and drinking the menth tea in a Berber tent with moraccan pastry which will be offered. Continue the trip to Ourika valley and make a Pause on a high point in the mountains in front of the Berber villages to make pictures then Visit of the Berber house to discouver the daily life of a berber familly, and the traditional berber Moulin that work with the power of the water that comes from the river the familly member will show the deferent departments of the house to the visitors after that make a visite to the Woman’s co-operative for the production of the cosmetic products and Argan Oil there is an aromatic garden and medicinal plants that is worth seeing. Arrival to Setti fatma village which is the main village of Ourika valley, it’s the place to meet the local Mountain Guide. After having lunch in a typical restaurant by River,and using the toilette the hike of 35min up the mountain between the Walnut trees to see the waterfalls will be started and make beautiful pictures betwen the montains. Walk back to the valley to join the driver again, and drive back to Marrakech.

From Marrakech: Ourika Valley Day Trip with Lunch

7. From Marrakech: Ourika Valley Day Trip with Lunch

Escape the frenzy of Marrakech in the Ourika Valley, a cool mountain getaway not far from the city. Travel by road to the picturesque village of Ourika nestled in the High Atlas Mountain Range. Experience some of the beauty of the North African countryside without sacrificing the comforts of your hotel or riad on this day trek in the mountains. Pass the village of Ouigrane on your way up a 6,563-foot peak and admire a panoramic view from the top over Ait Oucheg Valley, full of terraces and traditional houses made of stone and clay. Ourika is an archetypal Berber village, with friendly people happy to show you around. See how the Berbers live and experience some of their food and their culture as you have lunch in a Berber home. Later on, see the 7 waterfalls of Setti Fadma and the stunning Ghamt Mosque. Along the way, learn more about the area from your guide, including which plants in the area are medicinal.

Ourika Valley and Atlas Mountains: Day Tour from Marrakesh

8. Ourika Valley and Atlas Mountains: Day Tour from Marrakesh

Experience the best of Ourika Valley with Setti Fadma waterfalls on a full-day excursion. Ourika Valley is located in the High Atlas Mountains, only 35 kilometers from Marrakesh. Admire the sightseeing of Ourika River. Visit the authentic Berber villages and discover how the local women make Argan oil. Then, enjoy lunch at a traditional restaurant overlooking the river. Meet your driver next to Restaurant Dar Diaffa, 16 Derb Jdid at 08h30. Start your journey through the Atlas Mountains to Ourika Valley with stops for discovery and photos. Your first stop will be at the Argan oil cooperative, where you will be shown the various natural products (oils, soaps…) while sipping Moroccan tea. Next, proceed to the valley of palm trees coming after the Ourika Valley, in which you will take in the charming nature and spend an hour trekking to explore the area. Enjoy your lunch (at leisure) while sitting near the calm river in the afternoon. Sometimes locals who live in the valley may invite those who would like to visit and discover the lifestyle of the Berbers. Afterward, head to Setti Fatma known for its seven waterfalls, and feel the refreshing waterfalls. In the evening, drive back to your hotel in Marrakesh.

Ourika Valley Full-Day Trip from Marrakech

9. Ourika Valley Full-Day Trip from Marrakech

Ourika Valley, at the foot hills of the High Atlas Mountains is only a 45 minutes south east of Marrakech. The valley offers a great escape from the heat of Marrakech for the locals during summer months. This group day trip to Ourika Valley from MArrakech is ideal for nature lovers and light trek into one of the small size waterfalls, or just relax and have a snack at one of the local cafés unted the shade of the walnut tress next to the stream. After a 30 minutes drive via the fertile Haouz Planes, you will reach Tnin Ouika center, where you will stop for a visit of the open air Berber weekly market. It is operated every day, but Mondays are much busier and lively. From here you will continue up to Setti Fatma. On the way, stop at a Berber house where you can share a cup of mint tea with the locals before you continue to Stti Fatma Berber village. Upon arrival, enjoy a guided light trek into the the water falls above the village (local guides available for hire). Return back to the village where you can have lunch (at leisure) at one of the local cfés next to the stream.

Marrakesh: Ourika Valley, Village, and Waterfalls Day Trip

10. Marrakesh: Ourika Valley, Village, and Waterfalls Day Trip

Experience the beauty of the Atlas Mountains on this day trip to the Ourika valley. Go to a Berber home to have tea and eat a homemade breakfast. Try riding on a camel and explore the natural landscapes of the mountain. Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation in Marrakesh. Sit back and relax on the way to a Berber house. Let your host welcome you onto a terrace with stunning panoramic views of the entire village and the Ourika valley. Take part in a Moroccan tea ceremony with a local Berber woman. After tea, have a homemade Berber breakfast that consists of pure honey, olive oil, and bread. Next, ride on a well-trained camel for 30-minutes. (Extra not included in the price) Continue on to enjoy the natural wonders of the High Atlas Mountains. Follow your guide on a hike to seven mountain waterfalls. Stop for lunch at a restaurant near the river where you can purchase a traditional tagine dish. Return to your accommodation in Marrakech.

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What people are saying about Ourika Valley

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 3,794 reviews

An excursion in a small group of 5 people, not far from Marrakech, very exotic landscape, a breathtaking panorama when you arrive at the top of the excursion, be careful it is still quite physical. Only downside, the catastrophic restaurant that was recommended to us whose name I forgot but which is probably always the same with the company organizing the excursion.

Unforgettable experience thanks to our guide Abdel who made this day exciting. He has enormous knowledge of Moroccan and Berber culture. The meal in the village was very very good, we were able to eat the best tagine of our stay. We recommend this activity (especially with Abdel) :)

Superb day with Ismail our guide and Abdelatif our driver they were pleasant smiling and funny. The ride was really nice the waterfalls and the impressive view. the restaurant was very good and really cheap. Thank you for a nice day. The PROFESSOR's family

Abdel was a great guide. Exceptionally kind. His culture and explanations far exceeded my expectations.

Great excursion Day full of discovery Magnificent landscape