October 2008. The peaceful, picturesque little Moroccan village of Setti Fatma sits neatly nestled in a canyon beneath The High Atlas Mountains at the southern end of The Ourika Valley. Keen to do some foothill hiking, I arrived here on a day trip from Marrakech by minibus. The trip took just over an hour and a half and the scenery was fantastic as we closed in on the village.
October 2008 I’d read that Setti Fatma gets swamped during the summer, with bus after busload of tourists descending upon the place day in day out. Happily, there was very little going on as I entered the village through one of the wooden footbridges over the straggly river.
October 2008. If you’re hungry you can stop by one of the restaurants set into the grassy hillside terraces. Otherwise, follow the blue signs and start your walk up to the waterfalls. You won’t need a guide, despite the various offers you’ll no doubt receive, as in truth the hike is a light one and the route is well signposted.
October 2008. Forgot to bring a packed lunch? No problem! There are a number of amusing mountain shops selling soft drinks, snacks and fruit. In this one the display shelves had been carved out of the hillside itself, while the joint also served as a functioning waterfall. Kitschy but cute!
October 2008. While by no means stunning, Setti Fatma’s collection of waterfalls is undeniably pretty and a few of them can only be accessed by clambering up a tricky section of rock and slippery stepping-stones. Once again my late October visit proved a wise decision and we had the place to ourselves.
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