Ouarzazate et Aït Ben-Haddou
Ouarzazate is the most developed city South of the Atlas and gets
its status for the presence of the film industry and cinema studios
(that you can actually visit), and for the local base of several
travel agencies in Morocco. Ouarzazate offers just a few interesting
places to visit but the UNESCO restored Taourirt Kasbah is very nice
to visit. This is the biggest Glaoui Kasbah in the region. You will
also visit the Old Mellah or the Jewish quarter.
Ait Ben-Haddou is a fabulous UNESCO site located on top of a hill
and consists on an amazing Kasbah village with mud construction
occupying a whole hillside on the bottom of the river and offers
great landscapes and one of the best views in Morocco.
Dades Valley and Canyons
Dades Valley and Canyons are indeed a great experience in South
Morocco. The Dades Valley spreads from the High Atlas to the Jbel
Saghrou range in the South. This is the region of the biggest Oasis
in the South and also the route of the “ Thousand Kasbahs ”.
A bit more further you can enjoy the beautiful canyons of Dades and
Todra. You can make the amazing mountains passage of Dades to Middle
Atlas all the way to Imilchil. Another interesting passage is the
Valley of the Roses and its fantastic well known production of Rose
products. In Et Kellat Mgouna you can enjoy the Rose Festival with
May harvest celebration.
Tinerhir and the Gorges du Todra
Tinerhir is a mining bustling town that serves tourism for the
Gorges du Todra and the nearby “palmeraies”. These valleys near by
are supposed to be on the top rank in the world for the most
quantity of palm trees per square metre. Palm trees along huge
mountains and Kasbahs all the way to the breth taking Gorges du
Todra. Gorges to Todra are a fabulous Canyons and rock fault diving
the High Atlas from the Jbel Saghrou where its highest point gets up
to 300m in which you can pass right on the bottom. This pink rose
and strong ochre coloured rock formation offers unforgettable views.
Erfoud and Rissani
Erfoud and Rissani are the 2 well known “doors of Sahara”. Erfoud is
a active small town and is the first entrance to the desert tracks
to head to the dunes of Erg Chebbi. Erfoud offers several sceneries
from the Jbel Erfoud to the Tafilalet region and also several Fossil
carriers a few kilometres distance.
Rissani is right on the heart of the Tafilalet region and was back
many centuries ago the most important market for commercial trade
sub-Saharan Africa and the North. Still today the active and very
traditions Souq are worth visiting. Around Rissani there’s a few
dozen ancient Kasbahs worth visiting.
Merzouga and Erg Chebbi
Merzouga is a small Saharan Berber village located right on the
bottom of the dunes of Erg Chebbi and has been in the last few years
one of the highlights of Saharan destinations around North Africa.
Erg Chebbi Dunes are located a few kilometers away from the border
with Algeria and have a special unique energy.
A trip to Morocco without visiting Erg Chebbi is somehow incomplete.
The biggest dune of Erg Chebbi goes as high as 250m and its strong
red colored sand provides one of the most fantastic sceneries in
Africa. Our visit to these dunes include several villages around the
dunes, Hamada do Guir, Lost Oasis, Desert lakes with pink flamingos,
Fossil Rock Carriers and Oasis Camel trips into the dunes.
Zagora and Tamegroute
Zagora est une ville du désert qui se trouve à une centaine de
kilomètres au sud de Ouarzazate. Zagora est une escale pour ceux qui
descendent vers le sud et qui veulent visiter les dunes de Tinfou.
Les dunes de Tinfou sont d'une couleur dorée et d'elles vous pourrez
profiter d'une magnifique vue.
Tamegroute fut un important centre religieux et d'éducation du sud
de la Vallée du Draa et du Sahara. Cette ville consiste en un
groupement de ksars, de villages fortifiés et de maisons. C'est un
village qui possède un village souterrain des plus intéressants.
Tamegroute possède une importante bibliothèque coranique ainsi
qu'une Zawiya (confrérie religieuse).
The order of the
visit changes and depends on your arrival point. If you arrive in
Marrakesh, the circuit will start differently than if you
arrive in Casablanca or in the northern border with Ceuta.
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