One of the most popular oases in the Kingdom of Morocco is located near Agadir, on the Atlantic Coast of Morocco. Paradise Valley is truly a hidden gem.
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This spectacular spot started gaining attention in the 1960s, when hippies from all around the world decided to start spending their time here. Rumour has it that even Jimi Hendrix used to hang out in Paradise Valley, and that he gave it its name!
This oasis consists of cold natural pools surrounded by blooming palm trees and mountains, and is one of the most stunning views in the country. Many people love this valley because of how fresh and blue the water looks in the summer, and the position of the rocks on top of the water – sometimes the best for diving.
It is fairly easy to access Paradise Valley through an organised one-day trip from either Taghazout or Agadir. The trips are highly recommended, since you can visit a traditional Argan farm on the way, as well as learn and watch how Berber women make the oil. When you arrive at the valley, the first thing you will notice is just how blue the water is, and you might even be tempted to do some cliff jumping. Your day will end with delicious tajines that you can enjoy while watching the sun set over the mountains.
It is also an incredible experience to stay overnight at one of the hostels or auberges on the valley to witness the breathtaking sunset and go for a hike in between the mountains and palm trees of South Morocco.
This is typically a family-friendly area that can get overly crowded in the summer, so the best time to enjoy the warm weather and almost-empty valley is during the Spring.