BEST DAY TRIPS FROM MARRAKECH

Marrakech is becoming the home for Hundreds and thousands of tourists throughout the year. It has a rich and diverse culture with moderate weather, making it suitable for every visitor, especially tourists from the UK and the US.

Marrakech is also known as a Pink (and sometimes red) city because of the color of the town’s walls. Many people think that they cannot do many things in Marrakech. Especially when they are on a short trip, but let me tell you that when you come to this great city, you do not have to restrain yourself in this Pink City. There are many special Day Trips you can plan from Marrakech that will show you the different colors of Marrakech, which you could never imagine. You can easily enjoy the Breathtaking views of the Country site and Mountains on these day trips from Marrakech. We have hand-picked the 25 Best Day trips from Marrakech for you, so, without wasting any more time, let’s see what those places and activities you could do on those private day trips from Marrakech.

ESSAOUIRA

Essaouira is known as Morocco’s windy city because it is located on the Atlantic Coast. The old town known as Medina is surrounded by Walls built by the European Engineers in the 18th Century. Because of the winds, this city is accessible for Surfing and Kite flying. The most famous place for these activities is the city’s crescent beach. Marrakech is a fast-paced city, and if you want to gateway from the busy like of Marrakech, I would highly recommend planning a day trip to Essaouira.

The Famous TV Series “Game of Thrones” used the city’s majestic view as a Background in some of its episodes. Essaouira, like Marrakech, also shares a rich culture, especially its music. It is particularly famous for its music. It hosted the yearly Gnaoua World Music Festival in which more than 500000 guests were entertained by the performances of Jazz, Pop, Rock, and even Metal music. Many versions are free, and you should not miss this treat if you are a music fan.

Besides music and surfing, you can enjoy the twisted and thin streets of the Encircled old town (known as Medina). You would amaze to see the number of stalls and local artisans in Medina. I recommend visiting hidden booths and trying to buy real gems from Medina like leather, traditions, Lamps, shoes, Carpets, and, most importantly, Argan oil. I truly believe that Morocco produces the best Argan oil and its Products. Especially in Essaouira and some cooperatives will show you how they made this oil from scratch. Speaking about Argan Oil benefits than it has countless benefits studies show it may slow the growth and reproduction of the cells containing

Cancer. It also helps in controlling Diabetes, Acts to slow down the Aging process, etc. The enormous fun is watching Goat trees; goats climb the trees naturally and help create the Argan oil.

Visiting a fishing port and market is a thing you should never miss because it is the main Fishing port of Morocco. When you visit this place, you would be surprised to see the infinite amount of tiny bright blue boats on the pier. You can even buy fresh fish from the fisherman just a little away from the port.

There are numerous bus services available between Marrakech and Essaouira. The average journey time from Marrakech to Essaouira is around 2.5 to 3 hours. Buses are pretty comfortable and modern, so you will not feel the journey much. The average per-person cost is approximately 75 dirhams with 10-15 dirhams extra if you have oversized luggage.

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IMLIL

It is located in Toubkal National Park in the High Atlas Mountain Range, around 65 kilometers from Marrakech. If you love mountain climbing, this place is definitely for you because IMLIL is the beginning stage for those who want to climb the highest peak in North Africa, Mount Toukbal. You can even climb mount Toukbal if you are a newbie. Yes, it does not require ropes, harnesses, or other technical knowledge to climb it. It may challenge you a bit during winters, but you can use ice axes or other technical stuff to clear the ice and make your way to the top. You can even hire a guide to climb the top of Jebel Toubkal.

Do not worry if you are not a climber or adventurous type of person. IMLIL is a small village that offers much more than just mountain climbing; as an insight into Berber culture, and also; it is a small village, and you can easily travel it on foot.

I recommend relaxing on the rooftop of Kasbah and eating lunch or taking tea and seeing the changing colors of the Mountains as the sun changes its direction. Also, the sound of the Call to prayer (AZAN or Adhan) from mosques sounds more ancient and eternal in the mountains.

There is also a Hammam in IMLIL, which you can use by giving a small entrance fee to the IMLIL Village Association. So, yes, there is an association in this village that is utilizing the tourism money and trying to solve the problems which they have faced recently; the association acquired an Ambulance so that the people of the valley can have a safer way to the hospital.

Currently, there is no direct bus to Imlil. You have to reach that place independently. You can take a bus from the Marrakech to Asni; you can catch a Taxi to Imlil. From there is just a half an hour drive from Asni to Imlil. On the other hand, if you do not want to take multiple stops from Asni to Imlil, just take a private or shared taxi to IMLIL. Shared Taxi will cost you about $5 for a seat.

In Imlil, some hotels like DAR Tighoula, Hotel Soleil, DAR ATLAS CHARME, etc., offer delicious food. My favorite is their traditional goat and lamb barbecue ribs. You can enjoy cherry in June and walnuts in October. What more you could ask! Great food and fantastic nature define this place. You can deeply experience Imlil on a Marrakech to the Atlas Mountains day trip

OUZOUD WATERFALLS

Ouzoud falls the aggregate name for the few waterfalls in the El-Abid River gorge. This famous place is in the Atlas Mountains, 155 km north of Marrakech. In my opinion, it is the most memorable day trip from Marrakech. Although the south part of morocco is quite dry and hot, the north part of Morocco is unexpectedly very lusher than you could ever imagine. Like Imlil, if you do not like busy and crowded places, you should visit this gem. It would help you to get away from the crowd. If you want to avoid the group entirely, just visit the place in winter. Also, do try to visit the site for the first time. Most of the crowd Gathers there at noon. The best part of visiting early in the morning is that you will take many pictures with better daylight and without any fear or hesitation. So, plan your trip and ensure you can enjoy the Ouzoud falls to the fullest.

One thing I would like to mention before taking a day trip to Ouzoud Waterfalls! Try not to go there over a weekend because it is the most visited place by locals and tourists worldwide. So, Ouzoud waterfalls would not be a quiet place that might be expected. You can go there in a private or shared taxi. Per person, the cost would be around 250 MAD. Also, it is up to you whether you want to hire a guide for Ouzoud waterfalls, which will cost you about $5 per person, or you want to do it independently. I prefer that you should do it independently and save your money.

In summer, do not miss swimming in the Al-abid river. You can also enjoy the boat ride in the pools at the bottom of the waterfalls. If you want a little thrill, they will take you very close to the Cascades in just a few MAD. Remember, if you are going to plan that, then do not forget to take the Umbrella or rain jacket and a waterproof camera to capture the beauty of the falls. Around the falls, you can easily find a lot of monkeys. You could see them hanging and playing around the trees. Most of them will quickly come to you if you offer them some fruits and walnuts.

AGAFAY DESERT

Located about 35 Km from Marrakech is a hidden jewel of Marrakech. It is the best alternative to the Sahara Desert because you need to spare at least three days to visit the Sahara Desert, but if you are short on time, then this would be the best trip you could look for. Unlike the Sahara Desert, this desert is more barren, but some white dunes may remind you of Sahara. In summer, this desert is not habitable due to sweltering weather, but as winter arrives, it provides a suitable environment for locals and tourists alike. Talking about the locals, most of them leave this place due to a lack of water. Still, you can find some local shepherds in that area.

The best part is that there is no restriction in that area, and you can explore it without any fear. This place is also very famous for Camel trekking and hiking. You can enjoy a day trip to the Agafy Desert, but if you want to spend the night in the desert, many luxury camps can provide you with a tent to stay a night in this beautiful desert.

You can also visit a Village in Agafy Desert where very few people live and can see the Berber culture firsthand.

AÏT BENHADDOU AND OUARZAZATE

First, let me speak about Aït Ben Haddou. UNESCO listed it as one of Morocco’s most historic and vital landmarks. It is also becoming the famous film location of many Hollywood movies. For example, many favorite scenes of Game of Thrones were filmed there.

The Ksar of Aït Ben Haddou is an excellent example of clay architecture in Morocco. Ksar has a different meaning, but it means the Berber Castle in the Moroccan language. Before Arabs and Berbers invaded this place, more than 80% of the population of Moroccanshade Berber roots.

You would be amazed to see the beauty of the ksar, and it looks like a sandcastle. You would be surprised to see that some families still live in that ksar. You can even visit those houses which were used as the location of the famous movie Gladiator. There are many movies like The Mummy, Alexander, Son of God, Prince of Persia, Kingdom of Heaven, Babel, and The Message filmed there.

Usually, there is a small fee for entering the Kasbah, which in turn is used for maintenance and other fixes. Be sure to abide by the time because it will open every day for just 7 hours from 9.00 am till 4.00 pm.

Ouarzazate has located just 30 km from Ait Ben Haddou and is also known as the Hollywood hub. It is the home of the two most famous film studios, “Atlas Studio” and “CLA Studio,” but the latter is relatively new and usually known for Game of Thrones.

The main attraction of Ouarzazate is Atlas Studio because it is the world’s largest film studio. You should hire a guide who tells you about the stories of the movies shot there. Once you visit this place, I am very sure you would be amazed to see how fake the films are. Large artificial sets and Cameras will blow your mind. Moreover, the studio has stables with donkeys, dogs, horses, etc., to be used in the movies. All the animals are well trained because they are used to working with many different people. The opening time of the studio is around 8.00 am, and the closing is around 7.00 pm.

Ait ben Haddou and Ouarzazate are also called traveling twins. Most travelers visit both places at a time. Also, most people spend 2 hours in Ait Ben Haddou and remain at Ouarzazate. If you have time, I recommend staying a day or two in Ait Ben Haddou and exploring the case to its fullest. Then spare one day to Visit the Ouarzazate. As I explained above, the most attractive place in Ouarzazate is Atlas studio, which you can see in a day. I bet once you visit these travel twins, the fun images of these places will stay with you for the rest of your life.

OURIKA VALLEY

Just 40 Km away from Marrakech, you can find this valley, one of the best places to visit in Morocco. On your trip, you can enjoy hiking the Atlas Mountains and cherish the beauty of this countryside. If you book your tour with a good travel company, they will arrange the bus or taxi. However, getting there independently is also a choice that is ultimately up to you.

Most people visit Ourika valley, Morocco, to see the waterfalls of Setti Fatima. Also, most tour companies offer a trip to Ourika Valley from Marrakech as a tour package, making this place even more popular.

The most remarkable thing here is to see the beauty of Berber Village, which is located alongside the Ourika River. If your travel agency permits, I will Highly recommend stopping there and seeing the traditional Berber house from the inside. Villagers of this Village are very helpful and friendly towards tourists and often offer you some necklaces and their traditional Jewelry as a gift.

Like in Essaouira, this place also has Argan oil Cooperatives, but this one is run solely by women of the valley. Also, the Argan trees do not grow over there, but kernels are processed here to create cooking oil, cosmetic oil, Soap, creams, etc. Most women who work in the Argan oil Cooperatives are either widows or women who are unemployed and could not find any other job to do. Therefore, you should visit the different argan oil cooperatives in the valley and see how this famous Argan oil is prepared.

There are many things you could do in this valley besides trekking, like rock climbing and enjoying the stunning view of Le Jardin du Safran, which is the working farm in the valley that specializes in producing spices from flowers. You will enjoy seeing the cultivation and drying process and learn a lot about the process. You can also go mountain biking, which is very famous there. Crossing the roped bridges in the valley is a treat for itself. Roped bridges are made to cross the fast-flowing river.

Finally, the beauty of Aghmat will engage you thoroughly. Founded by the Christian Berbers and conquered by Muslims in 683. Just about 100 years ago, Most of the population there was Jewish. They used it as a place of exile. You should visit this place and see the 11th-century Hammams, Ramparts, etc.

MAJORELLE GARDEN

They were designed by the famous French artist Jacques Majorelle in 1923. The renowned French artist lived there with his wife until their separation in the 1950s. The beautiful Garden is more than 12 acres long, and more than 15 species of birds live there. The Garden is also known for its number of Cactuses and fountains. It is considered the Masterpiece of Jacques. The Garden opened to the public in 1947.

In 1980 the other famous artist Yves Saint-Laurent and later, after his death in 2008, his foundation managed the Garden. There is a lot to see in this beautiful Garden, like the Islamic Art Museum of Marrakech, where the costumes, ceramics, paintings and jewelry, and other personal belongings of Saint Laurent are displayed. Images of its original owner Jacques Majorelle are also displayed in the Museum.

Do not forget to visit the Saint Laurent Love Gallery, where you can find the number of posters that the artist sent to his loved ones for 35 years.

SUNSET CAMEL RIDE IN THE PALMERAIE

Before starting, let me explain what the Palmeraie is. It is located in the city’s north section and dotted with thousands of palm trees. It covers approximately an area of 55 Square miles. I again recommend that you do not miss the sunset of this place, and what better way to experience this oasis than by riding a Camel. Ride 1-hour camel ride in the Palmeraie (Palm Grove) and dress up like nomads to feel the experience. I bet you will never forget that 1-hour camel ride under the shade of a palm tree. You should know certain things before going for a camel ride, like children under 12 should ride with an adult. Avoid shorts because when you are in contact with camel, you can catch an allergy, so wearing Full clothes with some jeans would be feasible. Bring hats and sunscreen with you to avoid skin problems, and finally, the most important one is that people with neck or back pain should not ride the camel because it would be 1 hour Camel Ride and as a camel moves, it is a high chance that you can catch a pain. Also, pregnant women are not advised to ride a camel that long.

QUAD BIKING

Escape the hassle of Marrakech and go to Quad Bike adventure in the Palmeraie oasis. Most of the Quad Biking is Half-day so that you can do a lot in this Half-day like you can see the traditional Berber village, which was built more than 200 years ago, and nothing has changed since then. In this half-day tour, you would be given a break where you can have Moroccan mint tea and snacks. You would be given a guide as a translator, and they will tell you the stories and history along the way.

Though a driving license is not required, Children under the age of 14 are not allowed to ride a quad bike. They should be with an adult.

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ASNI

It is a small beautiful town located in the piedmont of the High Atlas Mountains. You can reach Asni in Just 2 hours by Car. Asni is also often considered an entry to the Atlas Mountains. This Place is for people who love village culture and environment; otherwise, there is not much to see and do here besides muddy buildings and narrow streets. But locals are very welcoming, and you can see how they live and eat. The one thing which you would be interested in is Hamams. Asni has many hammams where you could Refresh Yourself and continue your journey to the Atlas Mountains. There is also a tiny internet café there from where you can check your emails. There is also a small number of shops in Asni that sell water and basic stuff, but the rates are very cheap, and we recommend buying some water bottles from there that you could use ahead of your trip.

AMIZMIZ

Another beautiful village lies in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains besides Asni is Amizmiz. You can reach this village from Marrakech in just 1 hour by Taxi. It is the best place to see the Berber Culture because you can find many Berber towns in that area. Life is pretty slow there, but this Place turns into a great market where people from Mountains and surrounding areas come and sell their stuff on Tuesday. We highly recommend going there on Tuesdays and seeing the languages and cultures of different people and experiencing it firsthand.

OUKAIMEDEN SKI RESORT

Around 80 Km from Marrakech, this high Resort Exists in the snowy peaks of the High Atlas Mountains. You can reach this Resort from Marrakech in just 2 hours by Taxi, and once you get there, you will be served tea, and then you will get your skis and continue your ski adventure. For skiing and snowboarding, there are slops available that cover an area of 10km. You will find a vast number of slopes there. It is the ideal place to spend your day skiing and trekking in the Atlas Mountains at the altitude and get back to the warmer climes of Marrakech at night.

CASABLANCA

Casablanca is located 240Km north of Marrakech and is the only City in Morocco that gives fierce competition to Marrakech is Casablanca. The largest country of Morocco, and most people come there for business than tourism. We recommend sparing a day or two from your tour and exploring this beautiful city on your own. The most popular tourist attraction is HASSAN II Mosque, the only Mosque in Morocco open to non-Muslims. Go there, and you will get to know the Islamic culture and Values. Walk into the old medina of Casablanca and explore the History of morocco by yourself.

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El JADIDA

Located 100 km south of Casablanca, this coastal town exists. This town is trendy among tourists, and in our opinion, it is the best place to unwind yourself from busy Marrakech life. You can find long beaches, hammams, restaurants, and cafes to relax and refresh. The atmosphere is also very fair but not as good as in Essaouira, but if you come to Casablanca, then be sure to visit El Jadida also.

DESERT OF JBILETS

Located in the north of Marrakech, this beautiful desert exists, and the best part is it is only 30 min away from Marrakech and best for Quad Biking. This desert is also just a little far from the famous Palmeraie of Marrakech. There are also several tracks in this desert for quad biking, where you could see the different villages and cherish the changing environment along your way.

RABAT

From a 4 to 5-hour drive from Marrakech, you will reach the City of Rabat. Rabat is the capital of Morocco and the seventh Largest City in the country. The best part of being in Rabat is that you will not get strayed in the medina of Rabat because the City was built in such a way back in the 17th century that you will navigate routes very easily. So, unlike in Marrakech, where it is a high chance of getting lost in the medina, this City is straightforward to remember. The main attraction of this city that you should not miss on your Day trip to Rabat is Kasbah Les Oudaias, where you can see blue and white painted shops, houses, and walls.

SOUSS VALLEY

Just From a 3-hour drive from Marrakech, you could reach this beautiful Valley of Souss. This Place has been one of Morocco’s lushest and most fertile lands for centuries. This Place is also known for its export of Olive and Sugar. Olive guessed that you would find plenty of Argan trees and goats there. Although this valley does not produce Olive as much as Essaouira does still, this land makes lots of essential crops.

AGADIR

You can reach Agadir from Marrakech in about three and a half hours. This City is recently becoming very popular among tourists. This City was built after it was hit by an earthquake back in 1960. Now there are many modern buildings, cafes, hotels, and resorts. We recommend that if you want to escape from the busy Marrakech life, then this Place is the best because it has the most relaxed atmosphere in Morocco. You could relax on the beach or see the Vallee des Oiseaux also known as the bird’s valley, located beside the beach. It is a mini Zoo where you would get to see monkeys, Goats, Rabbits, Deer, etc. Besides things, there are many things to see and do in Agadir, which indeed makes your Day trip memorable.

DAY TRIP TO PARADISE VALLEY

Just around 60 km from Agadir and 250 km from Marrakech, you could see this valley, and as the name suggests, this valley is heaven on Earth and the most popular day-trip destination among tourists. This valley is surrounded by the mighty High Atlas Mountains and filled with small natural pools. This Place is perfect for spending an afternoon in palm trees. We recommend doing lunch at the river with your foot dipped in water. This Place is becoming very famous so if you want to avoid the crowd then avoid going there on weekends. If you ask us 5 Best day Trips from Marrakech, we put Paradise Valley in it. So finally, if you want to relax or enjoy hiking, swimming, surfing, or even cliff jumping, this is the perfect place for you. You can also enjoy Berber Omelets at the stalls located at the valley entrance.

TAGHAZOUT

Just 30 min drive from Agadir and a 3-and-a-half-hour drive from Marrakech, this is how long it takes to get to Taghazout. This Place is trendy for its surfing activities. Every year many surfers go to this Place and enjoy surfing. Recently many hotel cafés and boutiques have opened in this area, and it is becoming popular among youngsters. If you come to Agadir for your day trip, we highly recommend sparing some time and going to Taghazout, it is more relaxed and calmer than Agadir, and you can enjoy fish at a very reasonable price.

TAMRAGHT

When you visit Agadir, do not forget to visit Tamraght; this is a small village just 15 Km away from Agadir. Tamraght is also a perfect place for surfers, just like Taghazout. The one difference between the two is that the former is decidedly quieter. You will find many restaurants, shops, and cafes there where you can enjoy traditional Moroccan cuisines. If you wish to spend a night, you can book a hotel. The temperature on average falls between 21 to 30 Celsius and is perfect for spending your day trip with Family and friends.

TAROUDANT

From Marrakech, it would take about 3 hours to reach Taroudant. This small town is known as the Grandma of Marrakech because it resembles the Red City. Enjoy the hammam and shopping in the souk of Taroudant. Taroudant is the former capital of Morocco, and during the Saadian era, this town is used to attack the Portuguese on the Atlantic Coast. You will find many Hotels and Raids in this town where you can enjoy excellent traditional and international food. Although it is not a favorite tourist place, once you get there, you will get to know off Morocco’s beaten track.

LALLA TAKERKOUST LAKE

It is an artificial lake that provides Mountain water to the surrounding, but the lake is so stunning that many tourists and locals come to this lake for lunch and a picnic. It is the perfect place to unwind and spend the afternoon with friends and family. From Marrakech, you can reach this lake in Only 45 minutes, and it is named Lalla Takerkoust Lake because it is very close to the town of Lalla Takeroust. You do multiple activities on that spot, like horse riding and even Quad Biking.

MOUNT TOUBKAL

Besides Mountaineers, very few people know about Mount Toubkal. The mountains are about 4100 meters tall and are considered the highest peak in North Africa, and it is just 15km away from Imlil. Those who Love mountain climbing should spare some time and climb Mount Toubkal for 2 days.

IMOUZZER

You are also known as Imouzzer des Ida Outanane, a small town famous for its Stunning Cascades and falls. Located around 61 Km north of Agadir and a 3-hour drive from Marrakech, this town is worth visiting. You can even go hiking in this town; local guides will tell you the routes, and the city also produces honey, Almonds, and argon oils. Also, you can buy traditional handicrafts from this Place, and if you want to find authentic Berber jewelry, you can also buy from this Place. You will find many stalls selling jewelry and other traditional kinds of stuff. We recommend purchasing the almond product Amalou a local sweet dish often served at breakfast with bread.

These are our 25 Best Day Trips from Marrakech. If you want to book your travel and get any information about these places, please contact us and visit our Website https://www.marrakech-desert-trips.com/ for more details.