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Oued Ourika

Oued Ourika (Morocco)

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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 Travel writer
114 travel articles

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.

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.

Ourika Valley
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