Day trip Ijoukak Valley from Marrakech
Drive from Marrakesh or Ouirgane to the Marigha traditional salt mines that are still in use. Continue driving past the Ouirgane dam and the N’Fiss Gorge. You will also pass several villages that have a Tuesday market.
This day excursion will take you on a trek through the stunning Atlas Mountains.
Arrive early to avoid the busloads of day-tripping tourists. Ijoukak is situated on the high ground above the meeting points of the Agoundis … travelers are choosing to simply visit the village as a day or overnight trip from Marrakech.
Tin Mal was once located at the heart of the Almohad empire and is one of only two mosques here in Morocco open to non-Muslims. It was built in the 12th century to pay tribute to Muhammed ibn Tumarat, the Almohad leader that they say lived an ascetic lifestyle, forcing his followers to either convert to Islam or die, and destroying every wine jug he met. The mosque is beautiful, though, if a bit off the beaten path, located above the surprisingly lush valley floor.
Once you reach the N’Fiss River Valley, you will start the hike to the villages of Ait Berihi, Imawnan, and to Tin Mal, followed by a visit to the 12th century mosque. Enjoy lunch at a local Berber family’s home in Ijoukak. Then, it’s back to Ouirgane or Marrakesh