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From Marrakech: Ouzoud Waterfalls Guided Hike and Boat Trip

1. From Marrakech: Ouzoud Waterfalls Guided Hike and Boat Trip

Embark on a full-day tour to the Ouzoud Waterfalls from Marrakech. Learn about Berber culture as you explore the land. Descend winding trails and admire stunning views of the falls on a boat ride. Begin with pickup from your hotel or riad, before departing for one of the most spectacular waterfalls in North Africa, located 93 miles (150 km) north of Marrakech. As you arrive in the village of Ouzoud, admire views of the cascades that plunge 360 feet (110 meters) into the pool below. Follow your local guide through olive groves to an argan oil co-operative and learn about Berber culture. Make the most of the opportunity to admire the views and take photos. Continue down a network of trails to a viewpoint where you can buy fresh orange juice. Board a traditional boat for a short ride on the pool at the bottom of the waterfalls. Then, enjoy a late, Berber lunch at a local restaurant overlooking the falls. In the mid-afternoon, climb a series of stairs out of the valley for your transfer back to Marrakech.

Marrakech Quad Bike Experience: Desert and Palmeraie

2. Marrakech Quad Bike Experience: Desert and Palmeraie

Head out of the hustle and bustle of Marrakech and embark on a thrilling quad bike tour of Jbilets Desert. Slip away as you explore the fascinating history and culture in this unique area of seemingly endless desert with your local guide. Only 30 minutes from the center of Marrakech, experience the real Morocco and get to know the locals. Get transferred in the comfort of an air-conditioned car, then discover the Jbilets Desert area and take in the views of the Atlas Mountains. Visit a little village to stretch your legs, sip hot tea, and enjoy Berber hospitality. At this point, the guides will be happy to show some of the best tracks and spots in the area. On request, this excursion can also be tailored to suit you and your party’s tastes for exploration and adventure. Opt for program explanations, equipment briefing, and training for driving the quads to ensure maximum safety during trips.

Marrakech: Ouzoud Waterfalls Day Trip & Optional Boat Ride

3. Marrakech: Ouzoud Waterfalls Day Trip & Optional Boat Ride

Escape the hustle and bustle of Marrakech for a full-day tour to the dramatic Ouzoud Falls, located near the Grand Atlas village of Tanaghmeilt in the province of Azilal. Following a pick-up from your hotel or riad, transfer to the Ouzoud Falls by air-conditioned minibus. Along the way, marvel at the traditional towns and typical Berber villages of the Grand Atlas, and pass through the shade of ancient olive trees as you approach the waterfalls. Upon arrival at Ouzoud, enjoy about 4-hours at the cascades to soak up nature. Look out for the monkeys, and take a swim in the crystal clear waters, or upgrade to the optional boat ride here. After a relaxing afternoon, depart back for Marrakech, with an estimated arrival of 6 PM.

Marrakech: Agafay Desert Dinner with Camel Ride or Quad Bike

4. Marrakech: Agafay Desert Dinner with Camel Ride or Quad Bike

The adventure begins with pickup from your Marrakech accommodation at 4:00 PM, then heads towards the dramatic landscapes of the Agafay Desert. Upon arrival, enjoy a relaxing camel ride as the sun begins to set across the desert, transforming the landscape with red tones. Or, feel the thrill of adrenaline pulse through you on an energetic quad bike ride instead. After your activity, head back to the camp for a traditional Moroccan dinner. Feast on a selection of delicacies and dishes, made from local ingredients. Then finish off with a tasty dessert and authentic mint tea, while gazing at the stars. At the end of a magical evening, enjoy drop-off back to your accommodation between 9:00 and 10:00 PM.

Marrakech: Quadbike in the Desert of Jbilat and Palm Grove

5. Marrakech: Quadbike in the Desert of Jbilat and Palm Grove

Discover the beauty of the desert of Jbilets on this quad tour. Have all the high-quality safety equipment you need for this high-octane experience. Enjoy a stop in a traditional Berber home for a cup of mint tea along the way.  Be picked up from the comfort of your hotel or riad in Marrakech. Hop aboard an airconditioned van and relax on the scenic drive to the heart of the Jbilat desert. Get set up with a hair net, helmet, and protective glasses.  Watch as your guide introduces you to how to use the quad bikes. Cruise thorugh hilly terrain, desert plateaus, and rocky trails. Stop to capture pictures of this idyllic area at the foot of the Atlas Mountains before winding your way thorugh Berber villages. Be invited into the home of a local and share a cup of traditional mint tea. Admire views of the verdant Palm Grove and keep an eye out for local wildlife on the way back to the desert base camp. Transfer to the van for your return trip to your accommodation in Marrakech. 

Marrakech: Classic Balloon Flight

6. Marrakech: Classic Balloon Flight

Discover Morocco from the perspective of a hot air balloon. Embark on this thrilling ride above the Palm Grove of Marrakech and its surrounding landscape to see a bird's eye view of the area. Round off your experience with a cup of fresh mint tea and visit to a local Berber house. Just one hour away from the legendary Jemaa El Fna Square, fly in a hot-air balloon over the beautiful countryside, seeing the amazing contrast between Morocco’s urban and rural areas. After an early morning pickup from your hotel in Marrakech, sit back and relax on the 45-minute drive out of the city to the balloon launch site. Here, receive a full pre-flight safety briefing and have a chance to watch the launch team prepare the balloon for departure. Once in the air, cover a distance between 9 and 15 miles (15 to 25 kilometers), depending on the wind speed, taking you over a local village and the picturesque surrounding areas. The flight will last one hour, and after a gradual descent back to land, head to a local village for mint tea and home-baked bread in a local Berber household. Following tea and bread, head back to Marrakech.

From Marrakesh: Essaouira Full-Day Trip

7. From Marrakesh: Essaouira Full-Day Trip

Explore the charming coastal city of Essaouira on a guided day tour from Marrakesh. Enjoy some free time to explore, where you can see the bustling port of Essaouira, stroll through the lively medina of the city, and wander through the vibrant markets. Start your morning with pickup from your accommodation in Marrakesh. Travel in comfort in an air-conditioned car to Essaouira. Make a stop at the "goat tree" and admire this peculiar Argan tree with goats perched in it. Arrive in Essaouira and make your way through the straight streets. Enjoy free time to visit the historic ports and bustling seafood markets. Feel free to ask your driver for suggestions on the perfect place for lunch. Visit a co-operative of Berber women who produce Argan oil, and learn about this popular local product. See the old bronze cannons facing the Atlantic Ocean and wander through the colorful markets and cedar woodworking shops.  After your day in Essaouira, enjoy a seamless transfer back to Marrakesh in the evening.

Marrakech: Desert Quad Bike Tour with Dinner

8. Marrakech: Desert Quad Bike Tour with Dinner

See the Agafay desert up close with a guided quad bike tour, a traditional meal in a Berber Tent, and fresh mint tea around a warm fire. Head out of the city with your fellow-quad bikers, admiring the view of Jamaa Lafna Square and the New City (Gueliz). At the quad station, pick up your helmets and glasses to stay safe while adventuring. Learn from experienced quad bikers how to ride your quad, and get an in-depth briefing on your itinerary for the evening. Before beginning your adventure, spend some time getting the hang of your quad bike in a large field. Ask your friendly instructors any questions about riding technique or your upcoming drive. Once you feel comfortable on your new bike, follow your guides on a journey through the stunning Morrocan dunes. Midway through your ride, take a well-earned rest to admire the gorgeous view of the towering Atlas Mountains in the distance. End your ride back at the quad station, where you can clean off the sand and dust with an innovative wind machine. Snap a photo of the beautiful Agafay desert from the terrasse while your meal is prepared. Next, enter a traditional Berber tent and enjoy an authentic Moroccan meal in a beautiful setting. After eating your fill, relax under the starry night skies with a glass of hot fresh mint tea, warmed by a crackling fire. Finish your tour of the Agafay desert with a return trip through the dunes back to Marrakech.

Marrakech: Half-Day Desert Quad & Dromedary Tour

9. Marrakech: Half-Day Desert Quad & Dromedary Tour

Embark on an adventure by quad bike and dromedary through the Moroccan desert. Visit a berber village and encounter traditional hospitality as you get to know life in the country outside Marrakech. After being picked up at your hotel, you will be driven to an otherworldly arid landscape where your adventure will begin. Your guide will provide you with all the necessary instruction and equipment, including nomadic dress, for your dromedary tour. Upon your dromedary, see what life is like outside the bustle of Marrakech. Visit a Berber village and enjoy a tea break in the desert. Experience the hospitality and authenticity of Morrocans. Then dismount, put on your helmet and gloves, and speed through the desert on top of your quad bike. Race among the palms underneath the vast blue sky and discover an open and thrilling world that awaits just outside the big city.

From Marrakesh: Ourika Valley & Atlas Mountains Day Tour

10. From Marrakesh: Ourika Valley & Atlas Mountains Day Tour

Experience the beauty of the Ourika Valley up-close on this full-day scenic tour from Marrakesh, and escape the hustle and bustle of the city for the day. The Ourika Valley is the closest day trip from Marrakesh, but it’s not just its convenience that makes it special. Drive towards the Atlas Mountains, taking in the beautiful landscape of green meadows and authentic 16th and 17th-century Berber villages. If you take your tour on a Monday, you can even stop at a roadside souk. See fruit orchards, vegetable terraces, and villages clinging to the side of hills. Marvel at the labor undertaken by the Berbers who hoisted materials to construct small houses up mountainsides, and work the terraces in a hostile environment. Continue along the valley of palm trees, following the Ourika River. Fruit trees, tiny hamlets, riverside restaurants, and the summer homes of the wealthy will keep you occupied. Go to Setti Fatma to feel the refreshing waters. Feel the spray on your face as you cool down from the African heat, along with the locals of Marrakech who have made it their favorite weekend retreat.

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Frequently asked questions about Marrakech Day Trips

What are other things to do than Day Trips that are worth visiting in Marrakech?

The other unmissable things to do in Marrakech are:

5 best day trips from Marrakech

Day trip to Agadir

1. Day trip to Agadir

An excellent beach escape, Agadir is a popular destination for surfing, shopping, and more. Morocco’s main port city is filled with low-rise modernist architecture and is home to the world’s largest sardine harbor. For a bit of history and some of the best views in the city, visit the legendary Kasbah fortress. When you’re not busy eating traditional beef-stuffed flatbreads, explore some of the city’s fascinating and diverse religious sites like the Mohammed B Mosque, St. Ann Church, and Beth El Synagogue.

How far is Agadir from Marrakech?

At 238 kilometers (148 miles) to the west from Marrakech, it takes approximately three hours by car or bus tour to reach Agadir.

Day trip to Essaouira

2. Day trip to Essaouira

Two hours from Marrakech, laid-back bohemian vibes permeate Morocco’s breezy coastal town of Essaouira. Marvel at the city’s historic Portuguese architecture, distinctive blue and white buildings, and walled medina. Visitors can roam the port and watch fishermen unload their boats for a daily fish auction. History buffs will love the Skala du Port, the 16th-century defensive ramparts that once guarded the region attacks from the sea. For a peaceful afternoon, visit Essaouira’s stretch of breezy, golden beaches and enjoy fresh-caught fish at a nearby restaurant.

How far is Essaouira from Marrakech?

About 190 kilometers (118 miles) west of Marrakech, the trip to Essaouira usually takes two hours and forty minutes by car or bus.

3. Day trip to High Atlas Mountains

Remote and ethereal, the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains are an ideal destination for those looking to explore the natural beauty of the country. The villages of Imlil Valley and Ouirgane are both great starting points for exploring Toubkal National Park and Toubkal Mountain, the highest summit in North Africa at 6,563 feet (4167 meters). On your descent, venture to see the traditional stone and clay homes and terraces of Ait Oucheg Valley. At the seven waterfalls of Setti Fatma, learn about medicinal plants and local birdlife.

How far are the High Atlas Mountains from Marrakech?

About two hours’ drive either in a rental car, hired taxi, or tour bus to reach the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains 57 miles (91 km) from Marrakech.

4. Day trip to Agafay Desert

Less than an hour outside of Marrakech, the Agafay Desert is a closer alternative for those who might want to travel to the Sahara Desert or the Erg Chebbi Dunes. You’ll pass fragrant eucalyptus forests and hidden canyons on your journey before seeing the desert’s dunes. After you explore the rocky plains, admire Lalla Takerkoust Lake from a shady café with a cup of mint tea. If you have time, drive to Turtle Valley and see the neighboring Marrkchi Desert.

How far is Agafay Desert from Marrakech?

The trip takes approximately 40 minutes by bus or car from the city to reach Lalla Takerkoust Lake.

5. Day trip to Imouzzer

A stunningly beautiful and isolated Berber town in the middle of the Atlas Mountains, Imouzzer can only be reached via steep mountain roads. Walk through the streets, chat with locals, and shop for the region’s famous goods: almonds, honey, and argan oil. Leave town to explore the surrounding jungle and stumble upon one of its abundant waterfalls. On the way back to Marrakech, follow Jimi Hendrix’s path with a stop at Paradise Valley to appreciate the natural splendor.

How far is Imouzzer from Marrakech?

Imouzzer is approximately 233 kilometers (145 miles) southwest of Marrakech, taking approximately three hours to reach by car or tour bus.

Marrakech Day Trip FAQ

What transportation options are best for my day trip?

The area immediately around Marrakech has limited public bus and train service. In many cases, your best option is to rent a car or join a bus tour.
  • • Marrakech day trips by train

    Unfortunately, traveling to the west of Marrakech or to the Atlas Mountains by train is not possible.

  • • Marrakech day trips by bus

    Local bus service can be used to reach Agadir, Essaouira, Imouzzer, parts of the High Atlas Mountains, and the nearby Agafay Desert, but is often limited and infrequent. Bus tours are a good alternative to reach these day trip destinations.

  • • Marrakech day trips by car

    Renting a car is an ideal way to explore outside of Marrakech. With so much to see and do around the country, you can set your own pace to soak in the culture along the way or tackle multiple destinations in a day with ease.

Should I take a guided tour for my day trip?

If you want to see the unknown parts of a city or simply want somebody to plan the details of your trip, nothing beats taking a guided tour. Whether you visit Agadir along the Atlantic Ocean or the villages of the High Atlas Mountains, having a local expert guide can provide you with more in-depth experience of the local culture and history than you’d get on your own.

What should I pack for my day trip?

Packing for your day trip will depend on where you visit around Marrakech. In all cases, you should dress comfortably and expect to do a lot of walking or hiking, so wear sturdy shoes. If you plan on visiting a mosque, dress modestly and make sure your shoulders and knees are covered. In fact, it’s a good idea to do as the locals do and dress modestly wherever you go in Morocco. If you’re traveling to the coast, bring a bathing suit and towel. When traveling into the mountains, expect climate changes, so carrying a light jacket makes sense.

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We were picked up at our accommodation and taken to the desert quad and camel location with 2 other guests. Quad bike experience was slowed down by the pace of some members of the group therefore we missed the sunset but the experience was still great fun and the horizon views in the desert were beautiful at this time of day. Dinner was the best part of the evening. Great atmosphere and was brought tea and nuts, a starter, tagine and fruit. Well paced throughout the night with musicians and dancers while it got dark. The place offered for us to stay the evening or a 10:30pm or 1am ride back into Marrakech. Drop off at a central location rather than back at the accommodation because the minibus you come home in can’t travel the smaller streets in Marrakech. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to experience a day trip to agafay.

We visited Essaouira on the 2nd of September 2022. We were picked up in the morning at our Riad, the drive was smooth and we stopped on the way to see adorable goats who climb trees in order to eat argan nuts. We spent 4 hours in Essaouira - an hour with a local guide and the rest was spent freely exploring the city. The guide was friendly, knowledgeable and the restaurant he recommended had an excellent view of the ocean and the fortress walls (and the food was tasty as well - we tried the fish Tajine and the Sahara pizza). The city is beautiful, vibrant and definitely worth the trip. If you decide to go on this tour (which we wholeheartedly recommend!), remember that the temperatures are much lower than in Marrakesh and it is very windy (pants are a safer option than dresses).

The waterfalls are totally amazing and due to knee issues I couldn't climb the steps all the way to the bottom but another guide was assigned to me to guide me down the ramp way to the terraces so I still got some incredible views of the falls and had a good lunch after. There was also time to do some souvenir shopping

We spent an amazing day with Radouane exploring the beautiful mountains and villages he grew up in. The views are spectacular and the long downhill segments are the reward for the climb at the start. Highly recommend this as a way to experience Berber culture and the Atlas mountains

My husband and I had an amazing and welcoming experience on our tour, with beautiful views of the atlas mountains and wrapped up with a delicious tagine lunch. This is a gorgeous location in Morocco, not to be missed!