Away from the hustle and bustle of Marrakech, where temperatures are cooler and valleys bloom, sits the beautiful Ourika Valley. Only a 45 minute drive from Marrakech, there is no better place to escape to for a couple of days to unwind from the frenzy of the souks. Temperatures here are certainly cooler, with the valley nestled in the shadow of the snowcapped High Atlas peaks, allowing visitors to leave behind the soaring heat for a couple of days.
The landscape is the perfect environment in which to relax and re-energise. The authentic Kasbahs overlook lush green valleys, citrus and olive groves and the Ourika Valley’s river. The valley is particularly appealing from February to April, when almond and cherry orchards bloom and unruly wildflowers takeover.
A couple of nights in the Ourika Valley is worth including in any visit to Morocco. Whether it is to relax by the pool, hike through the valley or enjoy a camel trek through the village of Timalizen, there is something for everyone.