Day Trip To Ourika Valley From Marrakech, visitors will enjoy a fantastic opportunity to discover a great many wonderful natural spaces that are a fruit of its important geographical position, which results in an enormous diversity. One single visit to this country will certainly not be enough to see all these beautiful natural monuments, among which valleys reflect this magical variety. In this article I will mention some of the most important and beautiful valleys that are waiting for your visits.
The Ourika valley
From Bab Ighli, we can start an exceptional trip to discover the beauty of the magic Ourika valley. And during this trip, you will have a great chance to discover the charming village of Jemaa Ghmat, an exciting trade souk, and its stunning mausoleum.
The road continues through the Berber country. Gradually, it gains altitude, leaving many villages of mud clinging to the hill.
On the paved road, you will find more and more traders of minerals, pottery and fossils.
You can also immerse yourself in the traditions and colours of the growing of saffron and its secrets.
And the best part of this trip: the exploration of the seven waterfalls of Ourika, ideally located at the end of the road. There are also wonderful restaurants waiting for you at the feet of the river, which you will be able to cross using small wooden bridges and ropes scattered here and there.
The Dades valley
Caught between the Jbel Sargho and the steep High Atlas Mountains, the Dades River meanders through a landscape of arid desert in order to finally irrigate a series of oases.
Throughout the entire route, backed by ochre cliffs, burnt land, and red Kasbahs, large fortified buildings testify to the reign of insecurity and ancient battles in these regions. Often abandoned in favour of a more modern housing, some of them are in real danger of ending up in ruins. Such is the case of impressive Kasbahs like those at el Kabbabe, Aïchil Dar, Dar Ait Souss and Amerhidil.
The Skoura palm grove, founded in the 12th century by Yacoub el Mansour, is an island of greenery you cannot miss. The Oued Ouarzazate and Amerhidil irrigate many date, fig, and almond crops, and here you can discover the best dates in Morocco. It is also the winter refuge for many migratory birds. There are also many Kasbahs, like the ones at Amredil and Ben Moro. Then the road leads to the most beautiful rose gardens in the valley.
From Boumalne, the valley narrows and the vegetation becomes scarcer as you enter the gorges of Dades.
Two cliffs of up to 980 feet high and separated by a narrow corridor of about 65 feet present us with an absolutely unforgettable natural masterpiece.’
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