The Ourika Valley

The Ourika Valley is a popular escape from the summer heat of Marrakesh. The village of  Setti Fatma is a weekend resort for young Marrakshis, who ride out on their mopeds or BMWs to lie around and picnic beside the streams and waterfalls. The village lies at the end of the road, but a piste (to Timichi) and then a mule track continues up the valley to passes to Tacheddirt and Oukaimeden, which has the best skiing in Morocco and interesting prehistoric rock carvings. The path also continues through to Imlil and Toubkal, making it a useful starting/finishing point for trekkers. (via Rough Guides)



“Located not too far from Marrakech, this place is breath taking. The landscapes are rich of different colors and contrasts, people there are friendly and you can experience some of their food and their culture. Try to eat by the lake, you will not regret it…” – Daox



“A couple of kilometers out of Marrakech, you’ll find an “oasis” of splendor in the Marrakech mountains. You can enjoy an amazing view of the ocre city as you sip on a traditional Moroccan tea, a strong signature of Moroccan customs” – Secret 47


Amine K recommends eating at Chez Larbi while visiting the Ourika Valley:  “this is the best place to eat moroccan food surrounded by mother nature.”


“The waterfalls of Ourika were a highlight when travelling around Morocco. After taking a private taxi to the national park in which took a couple of hours and very cheap price. It is amazing to get out into the explore doing all 7 waterfalls in well worth it! its hot so take so supplies put getting under the freezing water is well worth it! There are places to stay on the trail and taking in the local culture just by sitting with locals for some refreshments is all good fun. I would highly recommended this overnight trip and why not get out and explore such a great country. ” – Sam Berry

“To enjoy the splendid landscapes of the Ourika valley and experience the traditional lifestyle of the Berbers of the high Atlas mountains. Culminate your dynamic day of exploring with a visit to the famed waterfalls of Setti Fatma.” – Mehdi Ghanami