A day trip from Marrakech is an excellent opportunity to escape the city and discover some of Morocco’s hidden gems. Popular destinations include Ourika Valley and Ouzoud Falls, Ouarzazate’s ancient fortified kasbahs, as well as Essaouira – a seaside port town.
Ourika Valley: A Hidden Gem
The Ourika Valley is a serene valley located in the High Atlas Mountains that makes for an unforgettable day out with traditional Berber villages, stunning waterfalls and fresh tajine lunch. This tour is ideal for families or those wanting to escape city life.
Setti Fatma: Seven Waterfalls and a Village
Setti Fatma waterfalls are one of the most popular day trips from Marrakech. This scenic journey takes you into the Ourika Valley, along the Ourika River to explore an idyllic Berber village as well as seven stunning waterfalls.
Once in the village, you’ll have four hours to explore this stunning area. There are numerous viewpoints for taking in stunning views of nature as well as a chance to swim in the cool waters of Ourika River.
For an unforgettable cultural and historical experience, book an excursion that includes a stop at an Argan cooperative to witness how women transform the valuable Moroccan nut into oil and other products. This popular activity provides valuable insight into Moroccan culture and history.
In the afternoon, you can choose to continue on to Essaouira and spend your time exploring its medieval medina, shopping for local crafts or taking a leisurely walk along the beach. This former Portuguese fishing port was popular among hippies during the ’60s and ’70s, and it remains one of the most sought-after day trip destinations from Marrakech.
Lalla Takerkoust: A Beautiful Lake for a Relaxing Afternoon
Lalla Takerkoust, located outside Marrakech, is an artificial lake constructed to supply the town with hydroelectric power. Nowadays it’s popular among Marrakechi families who come here for walks or simply enjoying a picnic.
The lake is abundant with fish, other marine life, plants and trees – making it a peaceful spot to soak up some sunshine. There are plenty of cafes where you can sip Moroccan tea or enjoy a glass of wine along with your meal.
If you’re feeling adventurous, there are also opportunities to climb up the surrounding hills and visit several waterfalls. As it’s a long drive from Marrakech, hiring a guide for this trip is recommended.
Ait Ben Haddou: A World Heritage Site
The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ait Ben Haddou is an idyllic fortified village situated in the Atlas Mountains that boasts several kasbahs, mosques and more. You have approximately three hours to explore this captivating town with your choice of taking a guided tour or exploring it independently.