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.
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.
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.
Coffee Nous Nous was delicious (20 dh) and the scenery breathtaking.
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:
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:
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.
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.
Have a great trip!
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