“Scenic break from a busy city. A must in my opinion”
Looked at the other reviews and listened to other people in our hotel and decided to give this trip a go.
Took the trip with a friend of the security guard at our hotel (Moroccan House in Gueliz) as our guide. He was absolutely brilliant and cheap compared to the hotel, holiday rep and the excursion people in town.
We drove about an hour over to the foothills of Atlas, into Ourika Valley. The guide allowed us to stop wherever we wanted to take pictures and shop as and when we wanted, and didn't rush us about at all, in fact he kept telling us to take our time. I stopped him quite a few times because there are some seriously beautiful views to be taken in and some very interesting shop selling Berber craft.
He pointed out a lot of interested Berber history things and even took us to a Berber house, run exactly as Berbers live. We bought some beautiful souvenirs in the shop there, and cheaply as well.
At the end of the drive we came to the last village in Ourika Valley, which was Setti Fatma. We had some lovely, and cheap lunch at a Berber restaurant called La Belle Rose. It was a set menu of a 3 course meal for 120 MAD per person. A highly recommended experience in my opinion, both because it was delicious and it was a chance to try true Berber food. There are apparently some lovely water falls in Setti Fatma, but unfortunately because we have a 2yr old son we couldn't climb up to see them as he would last the 45 or so minute walk.
On the way back we stopped and took lots more pictures.
This trip to Ourika is one that will not be forgotten in a rush, truly special.
i have to say our guide made our visit amazing!
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