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Recommended Day Trips

This is our top recommendation!
Essaouira is an easy 2 ½ to 3-hour trip. Take Avenue Hassan II past the train station and head straight out of town on the road to Agadir. Upon reaching Chichaoua, stay to the right and continue on to Essaouira. (Alternatively, heading left will take you to Agadir.)

Upon reaching Essaouira drive straight ahead until you reach the coastal road. Follow the coastal road (beside the beach) until you reach the parking lot next to the port entrance.

The best lunch is available right at the port where tables are set up to accommodate diners and you can choose the fish you want to have grilled. Be sure to negotiate the price before you sit down.

Depending on the seafood you choose, you can get an excellent lunch for 50-120 DH that will also include salads, bread and a soft drink. If you’re not a seafood fan, try the cheap and delicious take-out sandwich shops on the right side of the main square facing the port!

After lunch, you can cruise the souks to check out local handicrafts. We highly recommend that you visit the spice, jewelry and wood souks. In the wood souk below the ramparts, you can still see artisans at work.

Before heading back to Marrakech, take some photos from atop the ramparts and sip some mint tea in the main square.

Ourika Valley
The valley stretches along a vast area from Souk T’nin Ourika to Setti Fatima. Souk T’nin Ourika is an easy 35-minute trip from Marrakech and has a large Monday souk (regional market). Continuing on to Setti Fatima will require an additional 20-30 minutes. We recommend driving though town and parking in the lot to your right (near the end of the road).

At Setti Fatima you can easily hike up to the first of seven waterfalls without a guide and enjoy a soft drink and/or lunch at the café next to the falls. Alternatively, you can negotiate a price and arrange to have lunch awaiting you at any number of cafes in town or along the path back from the falls. Make sure to look for the Barbary apes in the cliffs on your right during your hike down.

Jbel Oukaimden
This is the best and only local skiing available!! There is usually snow cover from late January to mid-March. Whether or not you choose to ski, you can take the ski lift up to an altitude of over 3700 meters and enjoy the view overlooking the Lalla Takerkouste Dam and the plains surrounding Marrakech.

Day ski passes are very cheap by European and American standards, and will allow you unlimited rides on the lift and the numerous t-bars. Ski rentals are available at a shop leading to the mountain or on the mountain itself.

We recommend that you take your own water, food and medicines, as the resort is not well equipped. To reach Jbel Oukaimden, take the road to Ourika Valley. When the road splits and you see the sign for Oukaimden, stay to the right. Follow the winding road up until it dead ends. There is an entrance fee of 10 DH per car (current as of February 2006).

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