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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. 

Marrakech: Half-Day Trip to the Atlas Mountains

4. 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.

The Atlas Mountains and 5 Valleys Day Trip from Marrakech

5. 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.

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.

Day Excursion to explore Ourika valley & camel ride

7. Day Excursion to explore Ourika valley & camel ride

Discover the Ourika Valley on a guided tour from Marrakech. Soak up views of the valley’s landscape, learn about local life and culture, visit a pottery house, take a camel ride, and dine on a tasty lunch. The day begins with pickup from the meeting point in Marrakech and heads towards the High Atlas. Along the way, soak up spectacular views of the scenery before stopping at a traditional family home. Meet the residents and get a sense of local life and culture while enjoying freshly prepared mint tea. Next, enjoy a relaxing 30-minute camel ride through the Ourika Gardens and admire the impressive landscape that surrounds you. After your ride, visit a pottery house to meet local potters and learn about this beautiful craft. Arrive at the top of the valley and take a stroll to a scenic waterfall where you have the opportunity to see wild monkeys. Once you’ve worked up a bit of an appetite, head back down to the main center and have lunch at a small restaurant on the riverside. At the end of an unforgettable adventure, begin the return journey to Marrakech, arriving at around 4:00 PM.

Marrakech: Ourika Valley and Atlas Mountains Guided Day Trip

8. Marrakech: Ourika Valley and Atlas Mountains Guided Day Trip

Discover the prettiest Berber valley, the Ourika Valley, situated 60 km south of Marrakech. During your tour, witness Berber villages and hamlets perched on mountain slopes of the High Atlas Mountains. Enjoy plenty of time to stop to take photos of the little terraces of various crops and other wonderful and exotic sceneries. Take the time to visit a local Berber house and some stores of pottery and varied samples of minerals and crystals before you return to Marrakech. Get picked up from your hotel in Marrakech and drive into the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains which rise up from the plains. Then, enter a lush, agricultural valley with a thriving traditional culture. Make your first stop of the day at a place where local Berber women extract precious argan oil from the kernels of the argan tree. Next, head to the village of Setti Fatma - the starting point for a 1.5-hour hike to the Siti Fatma Waterfalls. Follow a steep trail across a series of narrow bridges to 7 picturesque cascades. While at the waterfalls, and throughout the tour, take advantage of your day with a local trekking guide to set your own pace, with plenty of time to take breaks or ask questions. Following the hike, cool off with a drink, then continue to a family home for an optional classic Berber meal of tajine, salad, and fresh fruits. At around 5 PM, return to Marrakech where you will be dropped off back at your hotel and the tour will end.

From Marrakech: Ourika Valley Day Trip with Lunch

9. 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.

Marrakech : Ourika Valley ,Berber villages ,Atlas Mountains

10. Marrakech : Ourika Valley ,Berber villages ,Atlas Mountains

Choose your pickup in Marrakech, and embark on an unforgettable trip across the villages and natural landscape of Ourika. Experience life in Berber communities as they welcome you to their home. Kick back and enjoy the views of Setti Fatma and the far-reaching Atlas Mountains. Your driver will guide you up the mountainous terrain, stopping at some stunning sites. Drop in for tea in a traditional Berber family home. Visit a woman-owned Argan oil cooperative to see the extraction and processing of the local “liquid gold”. Carry on towards Setti Fatma, a favorite destination for many Moroccans. Admire its lush green valleys, beautiful streams and waterfalls, cliffs, and open spaces. You'll hike all the way up to the first waterfall, accompanied by a local guide. Grab lunch in a local café, sat by a stream with a stunning view over the mountains. Explore a region that uses medieval agricultural traditions. Enjoy a peaceful walk around the Atlas mountains, bursting with native wildlife. Relax as your driver brings you back to Marrakech, full of memories that can only be made in Ourika.

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What people are saying about Ourika Valley

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 4,166 reviews

We went on this trip today and were keen to write a review recommending it asap as the trip was phenomenal. On the car journey through Marakesh after we were picked up from our hotel our tour guide Abdel provided us with information about each place we passed. We then went on a short hike with a guide who was so helpful and was happy to answer any questions we had about the area. When we got back into the car we drove to several hot spots to take pictures of various villages and the mountains, Abdul answered all of our questions in great detail and he was extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the people in the villages which we both enjoyed immensely. Lunch was truly the best tagine we've had in Morocco so far and was accompanied with breathtaking views of the hills. Well worth what we paid!

Excursion that we recommend. Very good value for money. Walk of about an hour to the waterfall (be careful it climbs a little but the guides will help you in the delicate passages). Magnificent views of the mountains and the neighboring village. Pleasant lunch at the water's edge for 100D/pers. Special mention for our guide Mahjoub and the guide Mohamed during the walk to the waterfall, very friendly, considerate, and attentive to our questions.

Very nice day in the valley of Ourika. Top driver Mohammed and guide for the hike, caring and giving information. Punctual transfer, top support. Choice of restaurant at the water's edge very nice. Meal average but it's the setting that is superb. Stop in a useless money-oil cooperative and shove the return no interest.

Good activity, pleasant, a bit chilly, bring warm clothes! And good shoes too to go up to the waterfall. Thank youiiiiiiiiii to the guide Mohamed and Abdou our 5-star driver with his oranges!! Thanks also to our local Saïd.

it was magnificent the 2 guides mahjoub and mohemmed were super nice the driver is very professional, frankly an impeccable outing not to be missed.