Rochers en bord de rivière

Rochers en bord de rivière

Vus depuis le sentier panoramique

Rare au Maroc

Rare au Maroc

Le sentier est balisé, profitons-en !

A flanc de côteau

A flanc de côteau

Le sentier de la Vallée du Paradis grimpe d'abord, pour ensuite redescendre

Atlas vallonné

Atlas vallonné

Le paysage montagneux est superbe

Double paradis

Double paradis

Celui de la Vallée et celui de la promenade

Cabanes hippies

Cabanes hippies

Il reste quelque chose de Jimi Hendrix dans la Vallée du Paradis

Le Paradis sur terre ?

Le Paradis sur terre ?

Un oued chargé d'eau, des palmiers-dattiers, des acacias, des chênes verts, des genévriers, des lavandes

On approche du Paradis...

On approche du Paradis...

Entre rochers et végétation, un paysage rare en Afrique du Nord

Enfants, ados

Paradise Valley: hippie atmosphere ;-)

In addition to this, you need to know more about it.
The exceptional Valley of Paradise is hidden deep in one of the last foothills of the Atlas before it descends into the Atlantic, in Agadir . It is accessed by a sometimes bumpy road that winds through the mountain. You have to earn it and then take a marked footpath.

The Valley of Paradise was made famous by the greatest of luck. A German couple with the disease passed by and left recovered six months later.

In addition to this, you will need to know more about it.

Become a gathering place for hippies in the 60s and 70s, the aptly named Paradise Valley is still shrouded in this atmosphere today. Jimi Hendriix has left his mark on the region. Myth or reality ?

Two possible routes

The road most used to reach the Vallée du Paradis passes through the town of Aourir, located by the sea. About fifteen kilometers after this town, whose crossing has been enormously improved, a road sign indicates the direction of a pedestrian path which ends in natural swimming pools with turquoise water .

Google Maps chooses another formula, faster: after having crossed the Western Bar of Agadir, it is advisable to leave this one in Iligh and to take the direction of the mountain.

Reed huts

When you arrive at your destination, you leave your car in the parking lot, which will require you to hand over a few dirhams to the guard on your return. We take a path that climbs first, before descending. Then begins the parade of reed huts which welcome the visitor, here for a tagine, there for a glass or a mint tea, called "Moroccan whiskey" (see the animated gallery below on the left).

The landscape is superb, punctuated by the maze of date palms and a very abundant flora. At the edge of the wadi, the banks of which are becoming more and more rocky, we come across tables and chairs sunk in the water. It is a refreshing invitation when the temperature rises.

In less than an hour, by a path going up the hillside, which becomes panoramic in its upper part, you reach the borders of the Vallée du Paradis, where the natural pools constitute so many places of play, even of sport, as shown in one of the videos below.

SOS cleanliness

Let's not hide a big black spot: rubbish of all kinds, in particular plastic bottles, too often litter the ground, destroying the sublime beauty of the place. Cleanliness incentive signs have been put up along the way and a page has been created on Facebook to fight this scourge. Finally, nature's surest allies are still the heavy rains at the end of autumn, when they occur and wash away everything in their path ...

However, initiatives were taken within the framework of the COP22 in Marrakech . The 1st environment day at the end of August 2016 saw a regular waste hunting operation, on the theme "Keep it clean, keep it zouin ". Now 20 waste bins and awareness panels dot the course.

Leave early in the morning

You can spend half a day, or even a day, exploring the "Valley of Paradise". It is also possible to continue to Imouzzer , then to the natural swimming pool of Win-Timdouine , before returning to our rental villa. Be careful, however: this program is ambitious and involves leaving early from the Jardin aux Etoiles!

Finally, let us point out to horse lovers the three-day hike to the Vallée du Paradis offered by Amodou Cheval.

In addition to this, you need to know more about it.

In 1 hour 20 minutes   of
Jardin aux Etoiles, via the old National road that leads to Marrakech.
 
 

The Valley of Paradise on the blog of the Jardin aux Etoiles