Day Trips from Marrakech
By Viator, August 2014
Marrakech sits in the foothills of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains, North Africa’s chain of mountains linking Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia. Here, the High Atlas range is cut by the Draa River and Ourika Valley, 30km (19 miles) from Marrakech.
The oasis-like Ourika Valley is a popular day trip destination from Marrakech, offering glimpses of waterfalls, unspoilt landscapes and encounters with Morocco’s traditional Berber people.
The ancient Berber trails winding across the Atlas Mountains cover some pretty rough terrain, so it is best traveled by off-road 4WD on a longer day trip excursion. Drop into the Berber village of Tahanaout for a traditional meal and glass of mint tea, and discover the valley and mountain countryside lying outside Marrakech.
Away from the mountains on the Atlantic coast, Essaouira is a legendary port dating back to the Roman era. Today, the harbor market and winding medina are Essaouira’s highlights, with a jewelers’ quarter and handicrafts complex selling carpets and enameled faience ware.
The citadel fishing port of Essaouira is around 114km (70 miles) from Marrakech, and is a popular windsurfing and kite-surfing destination. Camel excursions wind their way across the long protected beach for a day trip experience with a difference.
Tours & Tickets
Atlas Mountains Hot Air Balloon Ride from Marrakech with Berber Breakfast and Desert Camel Experience
A must for Marrakech visitors, this morning tour takes you soaring over the foothills of Morocco’s Atlas Mountains on a sunrise hot air balloon ride. Touch ... Read more
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)
Experience traditional Moroccan life and stunning scenery on a day trip from Marrakech to three famous valleys in the Atlas Mountains. Explore the lovely ... Read more
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)
Experience the history and drama of old Morocco on this day trip across the Atlas Mountains from Marrakech. Cross the Tizi-n-Tichka pass to reach Aït ... Read more
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)