Marrakech Day Trips
Escape the heat and mayhem of Marrakech with a day trip. The beauty of the surrounding area is breathtaking and the village life, unspoilt and precious, is a world away.
We will collect you from your accommodation after breakfast and in an air-conditioned, luxury 4×4 (or minivan for the larger family) you can visit Ouzoud Waterfalls, Atlas Mountain Villages, Coastal Towns, Kasbahs or Agafai – Marrakech’s own desert. With time to explore, have lunch and return to Marrakech in the same day – these day trips from Marrakech, offer a fabulous opportunity to see the “Real Morocco” in comfort and safety.
All day trips are private just for you and your family and offer door to door service with car and English speaking driver / guide.
These are just a few examples but there are many more available, please just enquire.
Day Trip to Ouzoud Waterfalls
We will collect you from your accommodation in Marrakech after breakfast and leave the mayhem of the city for the province of Azilal and the Cascades D’Ouzoud in the Atlas mountains. The drive will take us through many traditional Moroccan towns and villages where you will see orchards of olives and pomegranates and local farmers working their fields.
The Berber name Ouzoud means the act of grinding grain. Invisible until the very last minute these spectacular waterfalls are over 100metres in height and are often frequented by Morocco’s Barbary Apes. The backdrop of rainbows which form in the mist help to make this one of the prettiest falls in N. Africa.
You can swim in the pools or let boatman row you to the main pool. 1000 steps lead you down to the bottom where the views are stunning and the photographic opportunities at their best alternatively you can take the path down through the olive valley. This site is not over commercialised but there are a choice of places to take a welcome break for lunch.
Customer Review June 2016 – Trip Advisor – Ouzoud Day Trip Review
Day Trip to Essaouira – Coastal Town
We will collect you from your accommodation in Marrakech after breakfast and take a 2 ½ hour drive to the UNESCO World Heritage town of Essaouira.
This is a fun and relaxing day trip to catch some sea air and chance to unwind away from the hectic world of Marrakech. Formerly known as Mogador, it’s a surfer’s paradise and has an arty feel with a laid back atmosphere.
The journey will take us through orange groves and olive farms and deep into argan country. These special trees are valued for their nutritive, cosmetic and numerous medicinal properties. The tree, a relict species from the Tertiary age, is extremely well adapted to drought and other environmentally difficult conditions of southwestern Morocco, and while now endangered, they are under protection of UNESCO.
The white washed town with its blue-shuttered houses has a long promenade bordering a wide arc of sandy beach and you can enjoy grilled freshly caught fish for lunch whilst watching the waves roll in and out. In the medina, you can wander round the hassle free souks filled with textiles, jewellery, ceramics, musical instruments and handmade wooden items. A visit to one of the markets located under the arcs is highly recommended and you can carpenters hard at work in their thuya wood workshops.
If you enjoy water sports they are all on offer here or just enjoy some beach time. At the end of the day trip we head back to Marrakech and our driver will take you back to your accommodation.
Customer Review May 2016 – Trip Advisor – Essaouira Day Trip Review
Day Trip to Ourika Valley – High Atlas Mountains
At 8 am we will depart for a great day trip from the busy streets of Marrakech to land in the heart of the Atlas Mountains at the fertile Ourika Valley.
As you leave Marrakech, in your comfortable chauffeur driven vehicle, you will enjoy the scenic approach to the valley. The terrain is lined with flat, spiky cactus and eucalyptus trees, before reaching the foothills of the Atlas and hugging the left-hand bank of the fast-flowing river, prime hiking territory in all seasons. From its small beginnings in the Berber country, it streams down the slopes of Atlas mountains, between the Tlemcen peak and the Timeskar plateau.
Here the local people are riding donkeys and tending to goats. The green landscapes of this valley, the lazy meandering torrent of the river combined with the small red adobe Berber villages hanging on the slopes will enchant you. the flat Berber homes are assembled in stacked villages made of the same red earth that they merge into. The only vertical line that breaks the slither of horizontal roofs is that of the village mosque, whose minaret towers above it all. There are many interesting things on the way, according to the season and your special interests…hiking in the valley or Setti Fatma and the waterfalls… It’s so stunning.
Time at leisure before heading back at the end of your Day Trip to your accommodation in Marrakech.
Day Trip to Ait Ben Haddou – UNESCO Kasbah
This trip takes us over the High Atlas through beautiful scenery and small villages as we follow the winding mountain road, the spectacular Tizi n Tichka Pass. We will follow part of the ancient caravan route used to transport goods to the Sultan’s court in Telouet. The imposing Kasbah, which provided a home for the sultan as well as his slaves and horses also contained a mosque. Discover the opulence and intrigue for yourselves before we drop into Ounila Valley canyon, one of the most scenic in Morocco. For lunch, you can enjoy a delicious meal at a terrace overlooking the valley at a boutique hotel created from a kasbah or choose to have lunch in a small restaurant by the side of the mountain pass.
In the afternoon we’ll reach Ait Benhaddou which is one of the most amazing kasbahs in the whole of Morocco and has been used as a film set on countless occasions. UNESCO have listed the entire site which you can freely wander. For breathtaking views, climb through the narrow stone alleyways to the summit or take the opportunity to ride a camel.
If time allows we will also visit the impressive film studios in Ouarzazate, the Hollywood of Morocco, where scenes of Gladiator, Lawrence of Arabia, The Last Temptation of Christ, The Mummy and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (to name a few) were shot. There may even be a current set where you can spot the famous faces.
Then we will start the journey back to Marrakech by a different route, winding our way through beautiful valleys and mountain peaks to arrive in Marrakech at the end of the day.
Day trips are priced from £99 per party based on 1-5 people but price will vary dependent on;
- The activities required
- Starting and ending points
- Children’s ages if applicable
- High / Low season
- Location of Day Trip
For exact pricing please contact us for a FAST, free of charge / no obligation quote.