Day Trips from Marrakech

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While there is so much to do in Marrakech, after a few days, many look to escape further afield to see more of Morocco.Whether you're looking for a little reprieve from the chaos of the city or don't have the luxury of travelling further around Morocco, there are plenty of great day trips from Marrakech where you can uncover a different side of Morocco.While not all of Morocco's big-ticket destinations are readily accessible from Marrakech, the Red City still makes an excellent base for exploring Morocco.Whether you wish to head to the nearby Atlas Mountains, the desert, or even the coast, there's plenty to do around Marrakech. How Long to Spend in Marrakech? If you plan to see the highlights beyond Marrakech, you may want to plan for six to seven nights in Marrakech to allow for some of these fabulous day tours. All of these day trips from Marrakech can be made with an organised tour or guide. Based on our experience in Morocco, a guided tour is the recommended option. All of the tours recommended here are based on what we believe to be the best experience and value for money. Alternatively, you can rent a car in Marrakech and self-guide. If you choose the self-guided option, consider how many days you will require a rental car in Marrakech and parking in relation to your accommodation. Discover the true beauty of Morocco's magnificent landscapes as you rise from the foothills of the Atlas Mountains in a hot air balloon. While this is a slightly pricey adventure, it is a once in a lifetime experience you will never forget.Atlas Mountains Hot Air Balloon Ride from Marrakech with Berber Breakfast and Desert Camel Experience.Only an hour from the centre of Marrakech, a 4×4 will transport you to the launch site for a pre-flight breakfast while the crew prepare your magnificent flying machine.As the sun begins to rise, you will enjoy magnificent views of the Atlas Mountains, and the changing colours over the desert valleys from the spacious balloon basket. After touchdown, retreat to a tent overlooking the mountains for a traditional Berber breakfast followed by a camel ride around the sandy landscape of the Palmeraie Desert. Return to Marrakech by 4×4.A favourite retreat for Marrakech locals, Ourika Valley is the perfect escape from the hustle of the city. Only 1 hour from Marrakech, enjoy a scenic drive to the Atlas Mountains through mountain communities where Berber villages cling to the side of hills.On the way, stop at women’s argan oil co-operative and learn how the highly prized oil is made.Enjoy a typical tagine lunch by the Ourika river and discover the seven waterfalls of Setti Fatma. A day trip to the Ourika Valley is not just very accessible; it allows visitors to Marrakech see a whole different side of Morocco.The best way to visit Ourika Valley is with a local driver. On this tour, your driver will take you to the best spots along to route to Setti Fatma including the women’s Argan Co-op, on a Monday or Thursday you will stop at the local souk markets.Local guides will take you on a tour of the Berber village and the magnificent waterfalls Setti Fatma is famous for. With lots of free time and a casual schedule, this tour is a very relaxed way to see the best of the Ourika Valley and very reasonably priced. Make sure you wear you most comfortable and practical travel shoes if you are planning to explore the 7 Waterfalls of Setti Fatma. Planning a trip to Morocco, many envisage riding a camel into the subset for a night in the Sahara Desert. If you haven’t allowed the time in Morocco, sadly, both Marrakech and a Sahara experience are not always possible.The Sahara is a good 10 hours drive from Marrakech, but the Agafay Desert is the ideal alternative.