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Oued Ourika

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5 / 5 - One review
How to get there
41 minutes' drive form Marrakesh
When to go
February to June
Minimum stay
2 to 3 days

Reviews of Oued Ourika

Latéfa Faïz Seasoned Traveller
109 written opinions

In the High Atlas, Ourika Valley is a mythical destination: it is the highest mountainous region in North Africa and includes the mountain (or jebel) Toubkal.

My suggestion:
Avoid going there at the weekend as the valley is overrun with people from Marrakesh.
My review

Ourika Valley is an excursion you must go on during a stay in Morocco. I find that the place has a wild charm with its clay villages clinging to the sides of the mountains and its crops set out in a checked pattern: a huge variety of fruit and vegetables brighten up the valley like a carpet of greenery with apple trees, cherry trees, almond trees and wildflowers.

In winter and spring, it is even possible to see the snow-covered summits of the Atlas Mountains and the shadow of the jebel Toubkal. The coolness of the valley is appreciated during the summer heatwave. What a joy to sit on the banks of the Ourika wadi, with its poplar trees and weeping willows that shade the prairies: a pastoral landscape in the middle of southern Morocco! But if the weather forecast is for a thunderstorm, be careful of the rising water levels of the wadi.

To make the most of the local market, choose to go on Monday for Tnine Ourika with its famous aromatic products.

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