Ourika Valley

Excursions from Marrakech, Marrakech

An opportunity to taste rural Morocco without going far from Marrakech.  Beautiful.

Leave your hotel at around 9.30 am with a driver and head for the mountains.  On the way, you will be able to stop at the Berber market of either Tnine Ourika (Monday), Arbalou (Thursday) or Ghmat (Friday) before continuing on up to the Ourika valley.  

In the valley, you should stop and have a leasurly walk around and if you have time walk to the 7 water falls at Siti Fatma.  Once you have built up an appetite you can have lunch at one of the simple but good restaurants serving grilled meats, tajines and salads.

The Ourika valley trip is ideal for clients not staying more than a few days in the country to get a taste of the mountains and the countryside without having to go far from the city.

Return to Marrakech around 3.30pm in time for a walk, a swim or maybe a hammam..


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Max Lawrence - MD Lawrence of Morocco

When travelling around Morocco it is not (contrary to common belief) necessary for women to ‘cover up’ out of respect for local modesty traditions. Morocco is a very mixed society with Moroccans who dress as westerners and more traditional families dressing in a more traditional way.

The only areas of the country where it is advisable for women to cover up their legs and shoulders would be in some parts of the High Atlas Mountains (very remote areas) where the locals are rarely visited by foreigners. It is highly unlikely that you will be visiting these areas on any holiday arranged by Lawrence of Morocco.

Max Lawrence, Owner

First travelled to Morocco in 1986. Lived and worked in Marrakech for 12 years.