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The best day trips from Marrakech, Morocco

The best day trips from Marrakech, Morocco

January 2020 · 3 min read · Marrakesh

The city of Marrakesh is a great destination for travelers and tourists, but it is not beautiful as much as its surrounding countryside. Departing from the city of Marrakesh, you can head to the great Atlas Mountains, the Atlantic coast, or to the mighty Moroccan desert. Here are some great tourist attractions that you can visit in one day outside the city of Marrakesh.


Ourika Valley

Ourika Valley by Graham @Flickr
Ourika Valley by Graham @Flickr

When Marrakesh gets too hot, locals tend to head to the Ourika Valley where temperature is cooler to get lunch at the river. When visiting, you can ascend to the waterfalls of Siti-Fatima to enjoy some cool air.

Imlil Village

Imlil Village by Zanoubia @Flickr
Imlil Village by Zanoubia @Flickr

Just 70 kilometers from Marrakesh, the village of Imlil is the perfect starting point for fans of climbing the famous mountain of Toubkal. While there is not much to see or do in the village itself, except for some roadside cafes and tourist shops, Imlil is a great starting point to take a walk and reach the beautiful surrounding Berber villages.

Do not forget to get a local guide to show you around and also to educate you about the Berber culture.

Wadi Al-Arjan

Marrakech 2014 by Niels Broekzitter @Flickr
Marrakech 2014 by Niels Broekzitter @Flickr

This delightful valley with its gentle hills dangling with olive trees and the nearby Atlas Mountains in the background is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Morocco.

On Saturdays, the weekly market takes place here, as locals from the surrounding villages gather to buy everything they need, fruits and vegetables, meat, household goods, clothing, and much more.

Essaouira City

Atlantic Essaouira by Riccardo Maria Mantero @Flickr
Atlantic Essaouira by Riccardo Maria Mantero @Flickr

This white city on the Atlantic coast is an ideal destination if you want to relax and run away from the hustle and bustle of Marrakesh. Here, you can stroll around the souks (local markets) and pick up some Moroccan goods and souvenirs. You can also enjoy some coffee at the famous Place Moulay Hassan or at the famous Patisserie Driss.

You can also stroll along the beach as the sun sets, and savor fresh seafood sold at the bustling fish market as many fishing boats return to the beach.

Ouzoud Falls

Ouzoud Falls 3 by Gilbert Sopakuwa @Flickr
Ouzoud Falls 3 by Gilbert Sopakuwa @Flickr

Ouzoud waterfalls are located in the mountains of the High Atlas, and it is one of the most beautiful tourist attractions in Morocco, attracting many tourists throughout the year. While you are there, make sure to start your journey at the top of the waterfalls, where you can look across the edge, then follow the path down to watch the powerful waterfalls, as the scenery is refreshing and amazing.

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Ait-Ben-Haddou Kasbah

Ait Ben Haddou by VictorlW @Flickr
Ait Ben Haddou by VictorlW @Flickr

Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou is a collection of traditional buildings located in the region of Ouarzazate, built of mud and surrounded by a fortified defensive walls and towers. The village of Ait Ben Haddou is one of the most important and oldest villages in Morocco.

The magnificent architecture of this palace has made it worthy to be included in the UNESCO list since 1987.

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Agavai Desert

Agafay Desert Camp by PIPetrov @Flickr
Agafay Desert Camp by PIPetrov @Flickr

The Agavai Desert is just 40 minutes driving outside Marrakesh. At first, you may just think that there is nothing to see here except stones for miles, but suddenly the scene changes to include valleys, oases, palm trees, and the High Atlas Mountains in the background. A day trip to this place is the perfect choice for those who don't have time to head to the Sahara Desert in the south.

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