Marrakech Day Trips

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Telouet  Ait Benhaddou Kasbah

A perfect destination for those of you who want a glimpse of the desert and beautiful kasbahs built by Berbers who ruled the Salt Road caravan routes. Three hours takes you to the gateway of Sahara, traversing the Tichka Pass over the High Atlas mountains. Along the way steep hillsides are clustered with fortified mud dwellings housing many families and their livestock. You’ll spend the afternoon exploring on foot, the UNESCO world heritage site of Ait Benhaddou, used as a backdrop for more than 20 films and one of the most important fortress strongholds on the old Salt Road where camel caravan traders brought slaves, gold, ivory and salt from Saharan Africa to Marrakech and beyond. In Telouet you’ll visit inside the old Glaoui palace. This once beautiful structure now stands crumbling to ruin because no one wants to remember “the vulture” sultan who lived here. You may also visit Ouarzazate and the Atlas film studios where films such as The Mummy, Gladiator, Lawrence of Arabia etc. have been filmed – adds about 2 hours including loo stops etc. Recommended year round.

Start: Your your hotel

End: Riad

Time: 11hours

Departure: 8am

Price: Depend on the number of travelers

Cascades Ouzoud

This beautiful green, moist location in the front ranges of the High Atlas is a welcome relief to the heat and busy city of Marrakech. A day in nature 3 hours away. And if the weather is cool and rainy, even better! The falls swell with runoff and can be spectacular in the rain. The gorge below the falls is an endless series of pools that offer some fine day hiking with varying views up and down the valley. This future bioreserve is home to wild Barbary apes and makes for some interesting bird watching too. Nearby Berber villages in the surrounding hills are perfect for walks any time of year, any kind of weather. Have lunch in one of the many simple terraced restaurants, or chill out with a glass of wine on a riad terrace overlooking the falls. This day involves walking on cliff side trails and stairs climbs. July and August the falls are very popular with Moroccans on holiday.

Start: Your your hotel

End: Riad

Time: 8hours

Departure: 8am

Price: Depend on the number of travelers

Essaouira

Jimi Hendrix visited once, and he should have stayed in this very pretty, laid-back artist colony three hours from Marrakech. Situated on the Atlantic coast, Essaouira has a steady year round temperature in the C20’s. The expansive golden beach is popular with windsurfers. Famous fresh grilled seafood is served at the port, and in the medina thuja wood carvers and silver crafters work under the old Portuguese ramparts guarding the city from the sea. One of the most charming walkable medinas in all of Morocco. Recommended year round, especially in summer when it makes a nice relief from Marrakech heat.

Start: Your your hotel

End: Riad

Time: 9hours

Departure: 8am

Start: Your your hotel

Price: Depend on the number of travelers

Ourika Valley and Setti Fatma

Just 1.5 hours from Marrakech, this pleasant journey into the High Atlas mountains takes you through winding Ourika valley roads ending at the village of Setti Fatma. Climb the waterfalls, enjoy vistas, running streams, and afterward, enjoy locally made tagines or try a Berber omelette. An unspoiled day hike above Setti Fatma explores remote villages on pretty mountain trails used by Berbers going to and from market with their donkeys. Or visit theMonday market in Ourika, where artisans manufacture handicrafts found in the Marrakech souks such as coloured glass and metal tin lanterns, hand painted and carved furniture, wicker terrace furnishings and High Atlas village style carpets. Recommended year round, especially in summer when it makes a nice relief from Marrakech dust and heat. There is a possibility of snow and cold December to February.

Start: Your your hotel

End: Riad

Time: 6hours

Departure: 9am

Price: Depend on the number of travelers