Lalla Takerkoust, lake, palm trees, beach, morocco

A day trip from Marrakech for only 1 euro!

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Marrakech is surrounded by many beautiful spots to visit in a one day trip.  Lalla Takerkoust is one of my favourites when I want to escape from the heat in Marrakech and enjoy refreshing nature.

Situated around 40 km from Marrakech, Lalla Takerkoust town is reachable by taxi or a bus. The shared grande taxi cost 15 dh/person and the local Atlas company bus is only 7 dh, so 14 dh (around 1 euro) round trip. Bus nr. 45 stops outside the Medina, in front of a gas station. Grande taxis are located in Medina, on the way to Kasbah district. The lazy ones can join a one-day group excursion, contact me for more info.

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Lalla Takerkoust is famous because of its beautiful man-made lake build in 1929 to provide an electricity to Marrakech and its surroundings. The lake is a cool heaven after hot days in Marrakech, there are few beaches for swimming, restaurants and hotels.  You can enjoy the aquatic sports: jet sky, boats etc.

Lalla Takerkoust, lake, palm trees, beach, morocco

It is a coffee time! Next to Lalla Takerkoust lake I found a chill restaurant La Floride, chez Omar, not too fancy and with a great view.

Mr Poopay greeted us as well as chickens and local family, running the place.

Lalla Takerkoust, mr poopay, lake, restaurant

Coffee Nous Nous was delicious (20 dh) and the scenery breathtaking.

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I wouldn’t bother with looking for an official swimming place and join the locals in their popular sports. E.g., next to this picturesque boat:

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Are you brave enough to race with the local kids and swim across the lake?

On the more touristy side of the lake, we discovered this paradise hotel with a swimming pool:

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Hotel Villa Du Lac in Lalla Takerkoust

At the end of the trip, don’t forget to enjoy the town Lalla Takerkoust  and support it by having lunch in a local cafe.

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Beautiful scenery from the bridge of Lalla Takerkoust town.

p.s. stay away from cactus fruits and don’t pick them up by yourself! We tried and were rewarded with a dozen invisible spiny needles that was so difficult to remove it. There plenty of locals selling cactus fruits in the street – a must to try while in Morocco.

cactus fruits, mountains

Have  a great trip!

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