Lalla Takerkoust or The Lake Near Marrakech

Lalla Takerkoust is around 40 kms from Marrakech and if you’re planning a spring break here it should be in your top ten places to visit. 

lallatakerkoust Marrakech

During the spring this natural lake stores the water that  trickles down from the  mountains as the snow melts. It slowly feeds  into the rivers that flow into Marrakech….. By the end of summer/ beginning of the fall the lake is at its lowest ….Until the first autumn  rains and winter snow falls  and  the cycle begins again. 

Every winter we all look  to the snow on those  mountains to gage what kind of year we are going to have  in the way of water  in this desert kingdom of Morocco…

This is a  favorite weekend haunt for the Marrakchis. Picnics by the lake  during the spring and summer months are a welcome respite from city life.

If you don’t have time to make a picnic there are thankfuly just a  few restaurants scattered around the lake that blend beautifully with their natural surroundings. My favourite is…

 Le Relais-du-Lac Marrakech

This open air restaurant has a very laid back feel, with space for the kids to run wild and explore while the parents chill out under the straw gazebo style shades and admire the scenery…..

Relais-du-Lac Marrakech

The restaurant serves  2 set menus which are sourced from local produce……. 3 courses for 170dhs….. it’s great value.

Relais-du-Lac Marrakech

 If you book in advance you can take out the Relais du Lac’s boat and spend the afternoon floating on the calm waters of the lake….

Relais-du-Lac-boat Marrakech

 After lunch, take a stroll along the banks of the lake and delight in the dramatic views and fantastic fresh mountain air.If you decide you need some extra time to explore the area further, the Relais du Lac offers its auberge and excellent camping facilities…


You can take  a Grand Taxi from Marrakech and  follow the Amizmiz road out of town until you reach the village of Lalla Takerkoust ….. After that  just follow the signs….

or contact

and to book at night  at their auberge or a night camping under the starry skies click here

Relais du Lac

~ by marrakechxanthepat on January 20, 2009.

One Response to “Lalla Takerkoust or The Lake Near Marrakech”

  1. Totally fabulous! I love your pictures. You are a very talented photographer. As I write this, my husband and I are planning to go and visit. It looks like a romantic retreat away from the wild city-life. Great blog.

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