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2 lakes near Marrakech for unmissable excursions

Written on : 20 March 2020
By : Léa Frémiot
2 lakes near Marrakech for unmissable excursions

If, like us, natural landscapes and outdoor activities fascinate you, you will love our discovery of two magnificent lakes in Morocco. Already famous for the abundance of possible activities, its captivating culture or its exceptional gastronomy, take advantage of a holiday in Morocco to explore new landscapes. These two lakes rarely visited by tourists are a great way to get some exercise through a hike with family or friends while you recharge your batteries and discover beautiful new places in Morocco. 
 

Lake of bin el Ouidane

Lake of bin el Ouidane

Bin el Ouidane which means "between the rivers" is a lake of more than 37 square kilometres, located in the region of Tadla-Azilal and more precisely between Ouaouizeght and Azilal, two Moroccan cities of average size. The town of Bin el Ouidane is located west of Marrakech and 3 hours by car, ideal if you rent a villa in the centre of Marrakech and a car to move around. This small rural town has 5721 inhabitants and can also be a very pleasant place to visit on the way if you plan to go to the lake. Indeed, there you will discover a charming and traditional small town whose inhabitants are very warm and will welcome you with open arms to share the history of the region with you. The lake is better known as a dam lake since its waters are used to feed the Bin el Ouidane dam. This dam, which was built in 1949, is of capital importance for the region as it provides two-thirds of Morocco's hydroelectric power and irrigation for the region. Surrounded by peaks, the lake has an exceptional setting where the colours blend harmoniously, between the blue of the water, the ochre mountains and the red earth. We thus advise you to leave in the early morning and to take a hike on the heights of the site before admiring the setting sun on the mountains. Indeed, the lake of Bin el Ouidane offers many possible activities in the middle of nature such as hiking, cycling or fishing in the authorized areas of the lake. 
 

Lake of Lalla Takerkoust

Lake of Lalla Takerkoust

Located only half an hour from Marrakech, the lake of Lalla Takerkoust is the secret place of Marrakchis to relax on weekends around a picnic and escape the sometimes intense heat of Marrakech. Just the road to reach the lake is itself breathtaking, you will observe a multitude of different landscapes. This lake, which also has a dam, is a mystical place full of history where many legends are told about the creation of the lake. Indeed, it is said that the name of the lake, Lalla Takerkoust, is actually the name of a patron saint buried on the very spot. Not far from the lake there is also a spring of the same name which is known for its therapeutic virtues. In addition to its captivating history, the lake possesses a splendid landscape thanks to its location upstream of the Atlas Mountains. Numerous restaurants around the lake will offer you something to eat and propose in particular some gastronomic specialities of the country for an experience mixing discovery of the landscape and pleasure of the papillae. Whether you want to exert yourself by exercising sports activities such as hiking, cycling or trekking or simply come to relax, everything is possible at the lake of Lalla Takerkoust. Indeed a wide range of activities will be offered to you. Many Moroccans like to come and refresh themselves by swimming in the lake or doing water activities such as jet-skiing, kayaking or even pedal boats, which will delight children. You can also choose to simply bask in the sun on the shores of the lake and enjoy the panorama. Whatever your choice, the lake of Lalla Takerkoust is the perfect friendly outing.