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The town of Oukaïmeden

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General presentationGeneral information
Oukaïmeden is a Berber village fixed on the mountainside of the same name (Djebel Oukaïmeden) (3 273 m of altitude) which is part of the mountainous chain of the High Atlas.

The village owes its fame at the ski station which developed there.

EtymologyEtymology
Oukaïmeden comes from the Berber expression Ouka Imiden, which means “gives people”.

SituationSituation

The village of Oukaïmeden is located at 74 km of Marrakech to the altitude of 2600 m; one reaches it by the valley of Ourika, then by a rather difficult mountain road.

To leave Marrakech by the door Bab er Rob and to follow the road of very right Ourika towards the mountain. The road skirts the valley of Ourika then of one of its affluents and makes it possible to discover in overhang, of many built villages with mountainside.

After a passage between two monumental walls of marnes red, streaked black castings, one enters in Oukaïmeden.

Road ourika, bab er rob, Marrakech. Click to enlarge the image.

VisitsVisits

Valley of Ourika
Believed of the Ourika river in spring 2010.
Valley Ourika. Click to enlarge the image.Valley Ourika. Click to enlarge the image.Valley Ourika. Click to enlarge the image.
Valley Ourika. Click to enlarge the image.Valley Ourika. Click to enlarge the image.Valley Ourika. Click to enlarge the image.
Valley Ourika. Click to enlarge the image.Valley Ourika. Click to enlarge the image.Valley Ourika. Click to enlarge the image.
Valley Ourika. Click to enlarge the image.Valley Ourika. Click to enlarge the image.Valley Ourika. Click to enlarge the image.
Valley Ourika. Click to enlarge the image.Valley Ourika. Click to enlarge the image.Valley Ourika. Click to enlarge the image.
Valley Ourika. Click to enlarge the image.Valley Ourika. Click to enlarge the image.Valley Ourika. Click to enlarge the image.
Valley Ourika. Click to enlarge the image.Valley Ourika. Click to enlarge the image.Valley Ourika. Click to enlarge the image.
The valley of Ourika close to Agsarane.
Valley of Ourika towards Agsarane. Click to enlarge the image.Valley of Ourika towards Agsarane. Click to enlarge the image.
Valley of Ourika towards Agsarane. Click to enlarge the image.Valley of Ourika towards Agsarane. Click to enlarge the image.
The valley of Ourika.
Valley of Ourika. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).Valley of Ourika. Click to enlarge the image.
The valley of Ourika close to Amegdoul.
Valley of Ourika towards Amegdoul. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).Valley of Ourika towards Amegdoul. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).
Affluent of Ourika taking its source in Oukaïmeden.
Affluent of Ourika. Click to enlarge the image.Affluent of Ourika. Click to enlarge the image.Affluent of Ourika. Click to enlarge the image.
Affluent of Ourika. Click to enlarge the image.Affluent of Ourika. Click to enlarge the image.
Cooperative of production of oil of argan
Co-operative argan, valley Ourika. Click to enlarge the image.Co-operative argan, valley Ourika. Click to enlarge the image.Co-operative argan, valley Ourika. Click to enlarge the image.
Old press, co-operative argan, valley Ourika. Click to enlarge the image.Old press, co-operative argan, valley Ourika. Click to enlarge the image.Old press, co-operative argan, valley Ourika. Click to enlarge the image.
Berber traditional house
Berber house, valley Ourika. Click to enlarge the image.Berber house, valley Ourika. Click to enlarge the image.Hammam Berber house, valley Ourika. Click to enlarge the image.
Cook Berber house, valley Ourika. Click to enlarge the image.Cook Berber house, valley Ourika. Click to enlarge the image.Cook Berber house, valley Ourika. Click to enlarge the image.
Hammam Berber house, valley Ourika. Click to enlarge the image.Berber stable house, valley Ourika. Click to enlarge the image.Berber cattle shed house, valley Ourika. Click to enlarge the image.
Ski station of Oukaïmeden
The ski station of Oukaïmeden is most important of Morocco by its equipment (the station highest has the chair-lift of Africa (3 275 m) and six skis-lift) and its snowing up from November to at the end of March. The skiable field of 300 hectares covers the northern slope of Oukaïmeden. Snow is there, normally, abundant.

The place became popular since many years near the easy Morrocans because of his proximity with Marrakech.

Ski resort of Oukaïmeden. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).Ski resort of Oukaïmeden. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).
Pastures around the station.
Ski resort of Oukaïmeden. Click to enlarge the image.Ski resort of Oukaïmeden. Click to enlarge the image.Ski resort of Oukaïmeden. Click to enlarge the image.
Rupestral engravings
Rupestral engravings representing of the animals, the hunters and the weapons are visible inside on the rocks even village of Oukaïmeden.
Flora
Narcisse trumpets or Trumpets of jellyfish (Narcissus bulbocodium)
Narcisse trumpet (Narcissus bulbocodium). Click to enlarge the image.

InformationPractical information

General information
Toll at the entrance of village (10 dirhams) authorizing the parking in the station.

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