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The valley of Ourika

To about thirty kilometers of Marrakech, the valley of Ourika extends between the first buttresses of Atlas.

Ourika photo Marrakech

After having crossed the fertile plain of Haouz and its many planted orchards citrus fruits and olive-trees, one arrives quickly at the edge of banks of Ourika wadi with a background the imposing tops of Atlas. To the km 34, one arrives at the douar of Tnine-of-Ourika. This charming small village is a nerve center of the area because of its souk. Every Monday, the inhabitants of the neighbouring hamlets give each other appointment in order to negotiate their invaluable harvests, to buy the necessary one and quite simply papoter breaking news of the area. The whole in an indescribable environment which mixes cries with the smooth talkers, stoppers of carrioles drawn by asses and one involving good mood.
By carrying on his road along the valley of Ourika, one is struck by banks of Oued whose meadows are liberally shaded by not very usual poplars and other weeping willows under this latitude.
One enthusiasm for this multicoloured landscape which Marie to ocher perfection of the ground and the neighbouring greenery. One astonishes by the hard labor undertaken by the Berber populations of the area which did not hesitate to hoist with hillside materials necessary to the construction of small houses fixed on mountainside or to work the terraces necessary to an agriculture in hostile environment. "Here, us are explained. There is much water but few grounds, C  'are not as in bottom where water misses but not the grounds. "

Ourika photo Marrakech

Further on the road, if one were not tried by the attractions offered by oukaïmeden, the Arhbalou village tries to allure us with his multitude of small restaurants installed with the wire of water. Located at 1500 m altitude, it constitutes at the time of the long hot season of Marrakech a halt trying for the many families in search a little freshness. air here is pure but also much fresher than in the plain of Haouz (10 with 15 degrees of less). While carrying on his way, one will arrive at the km 68 to the village of Setti-Fatma.
From there a series of more or less difficult excursions starts. More the appraisal is without question the discovery of the 7 cascades. After having to negotiate the services a local guide, one will cross the bridge of wood which crosses wadi before launching out in a rise slipping along the banks a small torrent. The least sporting will be satisfied to admire the first cascade then the unspoilable view on the valley and the solid mass with Yaghour; whereas the others leave for excursions of more than 2 hours to discovered these 7 famous cascades.