Kasbah Bab Ourika, Atlas Mountains, Morocco
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What a way to end my Diva Road Trip around Morocco! I loved a short stay at Kasbah Bab Ourika in the Atlas Mountains, overlooking the Ourika Valley and will be back. We drove from Essaouira to the Kasbah enjoying the sights and sounds of rural Morocco along the way.
The Kasbah has a magical setting in breathtaking mountain scenery. It is a joy to relax, unwind and breath in the mountain air. The perfect retreat after a hectic stay in the Medina of Essouaira.
Gardens at Kasbah Bab Ourika
The setting and the gardens are a highlight here. What a treat to find such beautiful gardens high up in the mountains! Enjoy the outdoor swimming Pool and Hammam. I stayed in a suite decorated in a simple Berber style, making good use of local materials and fabric. Simple but chic.
Enjoy a mountain view from the bed in the morning, open the doors and step out into a sweet little private garden to enjoy your morning tea!
Private little Garden outside the suite at Kasbah Bab Ourika
We asked for twin beds but there was the option of a larger bed. The bathroom with a shower was simple but functional.
Bedroom at Kasbah Bab Ourika
Enjoy meals in the charming Courtyard restaurant.
Charming Restaurant setting
We enjoyed breakfast on the terrace and tried a Berber Omelette, which was delicious and you should try when you visit.
Terrace for Breakfast
I would definitely recommend a hike with a local guide arranged by the Kasbah. Hassan was a wonderful guide for our two hour hike followed by lunch in a Berber house cooked by a Berber family which was delicious and a very unique experience.
Views of the Atlas Mountains on my hike
The food was delicious and vegetarian as we requested. Definitely a terrific experience!
Walking through Berber Village
Lunch with a Berber family
My drive back to Marrakesh airport was very easy and straight forward and it took me 45 minutes. Kasbah Bab Ourika is a lovely mountain retreat but within easy access of Marrakesh. I would recommend hiring a car and driving yourself around in Morocco, we were 2 women and felt safe and happy for the entire trip. The people of Morocco are a delight.
Kasbah Bab Ourika
Kasbah Hab Ourika, Ourika Valley, Tnin Ourika, Morocco tel: +212668749547