ASILAH , a different people , crossroads of cultures and civilizations
A privileged , cultural crossroads , a step in Europe, we find endless pristine beaches and friendly people . Assilah is a haven of peace , the traveler must stop starts its journey through Morocco.
The aforementioned walls surrounding the city were built in the fifteenth century by the Portuguese king Alfonso V , who can still see his shield in one of the towers preserved in the wall .
Within the historic center , the most striking is the medina with its white houses – currently in rehabilitation – decorated with murals. Are retained within the medina some period buildings protectorate , as schools of Sidi Mohamed Ali Marzok , and alongside this , the madrasah Koranic Larrucea works of 1929-30 .
At the same time , by the sea , but also emphasizes the Muslim cemetery and the mausoleum of Sidi Ahmed El Mansour .
The city , in our day, is known mainly because of its long sandy beaches , its international cultural festivals , its University and its Arab Cultural Forum – African .
The Forum takes place always in summer , coinciding with the organization of the Summer University and creating the right environment to attract to the city thinkers and intellectuals , while it is an ideal space for cultural tourism .
At the same time, the port , which has been recently renovated and has both tourist and fishing use and many of the houses in the medina have begun renting to tourists or foreign owned .
With all this, along with fishing , the town has its main income in tourism, also forming part of the main circuit Andalusian legacy , to continue the road to Tangier, Larache .
The Spanish presence is manifested in the architecture and planning of the new city , while the medina represents the typical architecture of the area , where the stage used by the festival ‘s cultural and artistic Assilah .
The Medina of Chefchaouen – Chefchaouen or Chefchaouen or – is fairly quiet and small. If we go into it by some of its 5 doors and let go by the senses, we will be flooded at times by so many new sensations, smells like fresh bread from the wood oven or ready to eat Tajin.
The wide variety of colors of different products to shops and bazaars contrast with the dazzling blue-white house. The blend of voices and sounds unknown, will guide you through the serpentine streets to inevitably reach the meeting point and rest, Plaza Uta el-Hammam.
Here in the shade of the mulberry tree, you can unwind with a drink in a restaurant or cafe, watching the comings and goings of the people and the beauty of the Great Mosque and the Kasbah front.
A few steps ahead is the Plaza de Makhzen the Parador hotel and public parking, from where you can take an alley off to the northeast at Bab el-Ansar and Ras el-Maa source, one of the city’s most Pretty Chefchaouen. Under the soothing sound of water can be lowered by the creek, watch as women do laundry and work as todavíalos watermills. This beautiful trail leads to Rif Sebbanin, neighborhood laundries with Square Sebbanin and fifteenth-century mosque.
WHAT TO DO IN CHAOUEN?
– Visit the gardens of the Kasbah and its small museum that houses a modest collection of ancient weapons and tools, textiles and some historical photos of the city and there is also an art gallery within the walls.
– Climb the small mosque Jemaa Bouzafar from Ras el-Maa to see sunset
– Or upload directly to the mountain-recommend-guided morning to enjoy the magnificent nature
Capital of the Kingdom of Morocco since 1912 , is an elegant and quiet city that contrasts with its exciting past . Founded in the tenth century as Ribat ( fortified monastery ) was the capital of Yacoub Almansur in the twelfth century and Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdallah in the seventeenth century .
Inhabited since the third century BC , hosted a Phoenician port , later Carthaginian and Roman finally . With open spaces that overlook the ocean , Rabat is a very nice place to enjoy strolling the quiet rhythm of this privileged city.
Located between the estuary of the Bou Regreg and the Atlantic Ocean . The wall of the Andalusians and Moriscos (built by them in the sXVII ) to the south separating it from the city center . West borders erected by the Moors in the twelfth century wall.
The lively main street , both sides is full of restaurants and stalls basically supply and jewelry. The other major street corner , Sidi Fatah , is the Mosque of Moulay Sliman Grand Mosque , its present appearance dates almost entirely of the nineteenth century. In Bab Chellah, three arches parties point to the site of a former meriní source .
Of course, not to be missed : Souk el Sebat (weaving , jewelry) or Tehti Souk , where carpets are sold rabatíes most appreciated .
RUE DES CONSULS
Another major artery where once lived the foreign representatives . It, along with the aforementioned souks, the shopping area of the medina. Its wooden doors open onto patios where today are installed tailors, carpet sellers (auctions morning) and tissues. There are also two former fundouqs – shelters for caravans , in whose courtyard the camels stayed overnight ( in Madrid survived some buildings of this style in the Cava Baja ) .
RUE TAHT EL HAMMAM
This street is the Hammam El Jadid from the time of the meriníes (XIV century) .
MOSQUE MULAY MEKKI
With carved wooden door and painted ceiling vault (XVIII century) .
THE OUDAIAS KASBAH
The enclosure of the kasbah is the Almohad period , except the part that surrounds the Andalusian Garden. Stresses the Oudaias Gate , built in ocher -red carved stone and attributed to Yaqub elMansour , which is considered one of the jewels of Almohad art . Inside the kasbah deserve Cemetery also mentioned the Alou , the street Jamaa , the Tower of the Pirates and the Andalusian Garden (where the oldest mosque in Rabat, is the s XII ) . Visiting the kasbah is essential to stop at the Café Moro to sip mint tea and delicious ” gazelle horns ” . Beautiful panoramic view of the estuary from the platform bouregreg the old light.
Unfinished minaret of a mosque built by Yacoub el Mansour , who at his death was interrupted. It falls within the style of the Koutoubia Marrakesh and the Giralda in Seville and is located on an esplanade with beautiful marble columns.
MAUSOLEUM OF MOHAMED V
It is called this way the entire building complex comprising the Mausoleum itself. Masterpiece of traditional Moroccan art , painted wood , stucco, carved marble and chiseled bronze. In it the tombs of Mohammed V and HassanII are .
From meriní origin, in its enclosure is the necropolis and the ancient Roman city of Sala, with abundant remains of buildings.
«Dar el Makhzen».” Give the Makhzen ‘. Spectacular set of beautifully crafted buildings housing a modern palace building , a mosque and several government buildings amid large and tree-lined avenues .
Save collections from archaeological excavations around the Moroccan territory , ranging from prehistory to modern times. Of particular interest are extracted bronzes deposits Volubilis, Lixus and Banasa . And also worth mentioning the collections of Islamic archeology.
The Museum of Moroccan Arts Rabat, located within the kasbah , in a beautiful building , houses a spectacular collection of rugs, Korans illuminated manuscripts , costumes , ceramics , embroidery …
-MUSEUM OF THE EARTH SCIENCES
The skeleton of sauropod dinosaur 150 million years and from the region Azilal in the High Atlas , is the most famous discovery .
Exhibition of rare stamps, old telephones , telegraphs , telex .
On the right bank of the Bou Regreg for years competed with Rabat, to become practically a suburb of the capital. However , it maintains its own personality and its medina , more boisterous than Rabat, has real character. Worth visiting : Bab el Mrisa , meriní door Bab Sidi bou Square Haja , in the old medina , the Bab ‘s Khebbaz the foundouq Askour , former hospital built by the meriníes , and the Great Mosque of Sidi Abdallah marabouts ben Hassoun ( patron of Sale) , in whose honor is held every year on the Feast of the Candles , and Sidi Ahmed ben Achir . .
-THE ZOO (5,5KM)
With a total of 50 hectares , part of which is grown to feed the animals, Rabat Zoo , plus a complete sample of the Moroccan fauna exhibits a rich variety of large mammals, cats and birds.
-Sables d’Or ( Golden Sands ) south of Rabat (16Km ))
-Temara (12km) inside can admire an old kasbah that belonged to the Oudaïa
-Skhirat (23km) beach where a beautiful coastal road reaching Mohammedia ( 41km ) beach frequented by the inhabitants of Casablanca starts
-Plage des Nations (20km ) , well known by surfers
-Mehdia (39 km) beach at the mouth of Sebou the foot of the kasbah of the same name ( fish market ) .
-THE QUBA OF SIDI MOUSSA (5KM)
Where moussem has an important place, half a kilometer north of the ruins of the Gnaoua kasbah .
-GARDENS OF SIDI BOUKNADEL (12KM)
Surrounded by greenhouses for research and experimentation, these gardens cover 4 ha and played mini landscapes with exotic plants imported from the Caribbean, Asia and South America .
– THE FOREST MAMORA ( 60KM )
They located between NE and Oued Bou Sebou Regreg : eucalyptus, pine and mimosa are some of the most common species.
Casablanca ( الدار البيضاء addar al- Baïda in classical Arabic – Dar Beida or House, in Moroccan Arabic dialect literally ” white house”) is the largest city in Morocco. Economic capital , is situated on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean 80 miles south of the capital Rabat. It is the most populous with nearly 6 million Moroccan city .
Casablanca The name owes its name to the fact that , formerly , the Portuguese sailors who coasted this , the identified by a small white house located on the hill of Anfa , ” Branca House .”
HASSAN II MOSQUE
It is located in the city of Casablanca on the Boulevard Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdallah (address Aïn Diab ) and is the highest temple in the world ( the laser minaret of 200 m can be seen from several kilometers ) , and the second largest (after mosque of Mecca ) . It features the latest technologies such as earthquake resistance , floor heating or electric gates. It is one of the few mosques that gives access to non- Muslim tourists .
It was designed by the French architect Michel Pinseau and construction work began on July 12, 1985 and was inaugurated on August 30, 1993 . In construction jobs and 2,500 people worked 10,000 Moroccan craftsmen , who worked with marble, granite , wood, tile , plaster … to elaborate ceilings, floors , columns etc. . The approximate cost of the mosque was about 5.494 billion dirhams (about 504.85 million euros). Its location (near the ocean ) is that Hassan II the following verse of the Quran was inspired: “The throne of God was on water” minaret height is 160 m .
In addition to the mosque on Fridays , the building has other functions ( capable of holding up to 100,000 believers in the courtyard 80,000 and 25,000 in the prayer hall ) , the building is used as madrasah , conference rooms , hammams, specialized libraries and underground parking . Your situation (practically on the sea) is that Hassan II the following verse of the Quran was inspired: “The throne of God was upon the water.”
UNITED NATIONS PLAZA
Architectural ensemble of well-preserved buildings from the 20s .
THE ARAB LEAGUE PARK
Nice green area in the middle of an urban environment.
CASABLANCA ART DÉCO
The buildings of this style are concentrated in the area bounded by Avenue Hassan II , Meskini Boulevard and Boulevard Mohamed- V .
MOHAMED V PLAZA
Heart of the city between the old medina and the modern city .
THE OLD MEDINA
Partly surrounded by walls of the sixteenth century , emphasizing the gates Bab Jadid , and Bab Marrakech , the shrine of Sidi Kairouani , the Scala, former stronghold of XVIII, the mosque Ould el Hamra and Dar El Makhzen .
Boardwalk and then the coast road , where you get to Anfa residential area with superb villas. Here took place the conference of the same name in 1934.
Sidi Abd Er Rahman (located on a rock surrounded by the sea ) and Sidi Sidi Bou Smara Belyout and ( still haloed legends ) .
THE NEIGHBORHOOD of HABOUS
Medina also called new , with squares and streets ( some arcades ), with bustling shops that sell at craft and where the mosques of Dar Al Makhzen and Sidi Mohammed Ben Yousssef .
LA MAHKAMA OF THE PACHÁ
In the Bd Victor Hugo , a beautiful example of traditional Moroccan architecture.
Our Lady of Lourdes Buenaventura (founded by Spaniards in the XIX)
Despite being the first oil port in the country , is also a beach that is very popular among the people of Casablanca. It is also important golf course .
Walled city on the banks of Oued Oum er Rbia . Among the ruins of its ancient kasbah , grow olives and pomegranates . At his feet , a nice uncrowded beach .
EL JADIDA (99km)
Huge beach and soft to walk an ancient walled city of the sixteenth century climate.
KASBAH BOULAOUAN (132km)
In a region of vineyards where the famous wine is produced gray , this kasbah stands , real stronghold .
CITY OF MIL LABERINTOS
Founded in the ninth century by Idris II , Fes Medina is home to the oldest of Morocco and one of the biggest in the Maghreb , a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1981.
The city is divided into three distinct areas , preserved traditions and lost in the Western world as tanning by hand, a job that is done the same way for centuries.
Walking through the labyrinthine streets of Fez transported past worlds in which potters , smiths and craftsmen living with foreign visitors , is still stunned that the people watching and sniffing multiple scents and smells that fill the atmosphere of this city.
Founded in 799, Fez years later became the first capital of the Kingdom of Morocco and this condition would hold two more times during the reign of Moulay Marinid and Abbey , until in 1913 the French give the capital to Rabat . Actually , Fez are three cities in one .
The new city , founded by the French in 1920 without any interest to the visitor , Fez el Bali ( “old ” ) and the Fez Fez Jadid or the New , an extension of the above Metropolis , made under the dynasty of the Benimerines in the thirteenth century. But it is , beyond doubt , the medieval labyrinth with over 9,400 streets forming Fez el Bali Fes as attractive .
The various professional associations that coexist there are distributed in different neighborhoods by specialty exercising , counting the neighborhood of artisans , the potters , smiths , tailors … Getting lost in the souks of Fez becomes a pleasure for the senses if you just go by instinct and smell.
The streets , winding and very narrow , and the houses , very high , let in a few rays of sun forming a play of light and shadows enigmatic and mysterious , something that increases the feeling of being in another world. Mirrors , perfumes , chickens , pigeons , silver , gold, slippers , sandals, chadors , chilabas , drums , vegetables, fruit , pottery, ceramics , forged , herbs ( nothing illegal ), spices, portraits of the king , cereals , books , glassware and everything imaginable , everything is here. The constant clatter of donkeys laden with goods from various sources , transports you to a world of reverie broken only by the cry of ” barak ” with which the pet owner warns passersby step Ass .
The first thing to do is contemplate by Fez from above, from one of its panoramic viewpoints , for example , from the Hotel des Merinides in The Kolla , or right in front of it , from Bordj Sud, a museum of weaponry occupies a bastion of Almohad origin.
The best thing to do in Fes miss her. Because it is a city to live , to smell, to imagine and recreate in the medieval era, yet to check how old professions such as goldsmiths, coppersmiths , tinsmiths , dyers , tanners talabarderos and organized in guilds , as centuries ago remain.
Among the various souks of the Medina hosting their respective guilds are no significant buildings as zaulia of Moulay Idriss, one of the sacred places of the city, the madrasa El Attarin , Qarauin college , one of the oldest in the world, Es- Seffarin or annexed to the dyers souk square.
NEIGHBORHOOD OF ANDALUCES
Raised by Muslim families expelled from Andalusia in the year 818, during the height of the Andalusian civilization , the neighborhood, with its coffered ceilings , bronzes , sculptures, carved plaster and , above all, the Mosque of the Andalusians , is the best example of splendor and wealth at that time.
FEZ EL DJEDID
Separated by gardens Bab Bu Djelud and west of the former, and the Fez Djedid or ” New ” appears , with great powerhouse in the golden gates of royal palace in whose shadow the Mellah Jewish quarter spreads, and some further, to the southwest , one enters the new French colonial city of unequivocal air. The Fez hotels and mansions.
Around Fez are Sefrou (Feast of Cherries in June ; moussem in August) , Ifrán (winter sports , mountaineering ) , Immouzer (Berber party honey in May ) , Azrou ( the most beautiful forest cedars of Morocco) and Cup ( first Almohad capital and magnet for caving ).
It is a dazzling city The list of sites and monuments of Marrakech would be endless and the description of their grueling wonders , so we selected the essentials However, if you have very little time square ” Djemaa el Fna ” is not lost or souks : all your senses will be filled with feelings .
Constructed of adobe , color varies according to the time and daylight , golden ocher to red , contrasting with an ever blue sky and the green of the trees and plants. Highlights doors Bab Doukkala ( Almoravid origin) , Bab el Khemis , Bab El Jadid , the Debbagh Bab Bab Bab er Robb and agnau , one of the most beautiful entrances to the citadel .
DAR EL MAKHZEN (Royal Palace)
Almohad origin, has been enlarged and embellished by later dynasties. The Mechouar ( parade ) leads inside the Grand Mechouar where the famous ” fantasy ” take place .
THE GARDEN OF AGDAL
It is a huge complex of 4.5 km square planted with fruit and olive trees. It has two ponds for irrigation , the oldest of which dates from the Almohad period . In its waters the ruins of a palace saadí reflected .
THE GARDEN OF MENARA
100-hectare park in the center is a huge pond of the twelfth century and the palm grove with over 10 hectares of palm , orange, olive and apple trees.
Marrakech has more than 300 mosques which stand out from the Koutoubia and the Ben Youssef .
“” The Koutoubia Mosque “” (or booksellers ) : Named after souk booksellers set up their stalls with their doors. Although this name is known its minaret , particularly for Spaniards striking resemblance to our Giralda, for serving as a model and , in the same way that this tower is the symbol of Seville represents the Koutoubia in Marrakech world.
“” The Ben Youssef Mosque “”: From almorávide origin, was renovated in the sixteenth century and in the nineteenth century.
THE BEN YOUSSEF MEDERSA
JEMAA EL FNA PLAZA.
Declared ” Oral Heritage of Humanity” by UNESCO. Sung in every language is a living example of what were the places in the Middle Ages , a meeting place for everyone exponent. In the morning , sellers of fresh orange juice , fruit , wicker baskets , souvenirs, candy , jewelry , Dentists, healers , writers request. Sometimes even from the morning until the evening : the Gnaoua , vanities cymbals , acrobats , snake charmers or scorpions , dancers, storytellers . This becomes particularly fascinating universe with nightfall , when the square was illuminated with a thousand lights and wander from show to show .
Stresses the souk Semmarin near the Jemaa el Fna square and as for her, there to wander , enjoying the colorful diversity of flavors, to admire , among other objects , fabrics , enjoy haggling No subject lost, there will always be someone to drive you back to the Jemaa el Fna .
THE TOMBS SAADÍES
Also known as ” the incomparable ” , was built by Ahmed el Mansour marble Celias , onyx, carved stucco and carved wood . Today only the structure , where the Marrakesh Folk Festival is celebrated.
MELLAH ( Jewish Quarter ))
Souk is home to goldsmiths and jewelry mainly in gold.
EL PALACIO DE LA BAHIA ( Shining )
Built in the late nineteenth century, is a fine example of princely residence .
SIDI BEL ABBÈS
Pattern of Marrakech, is also the name of a neighborhood that retains the old fonduqs (where our taverns ) , multilevel hotels around a central courtyard where camels were locked . Beside the mausoleum built by Moulay Ismail .
THE SOURCE CHROB OU CHOUF
Wood carved Kufic script .
It is the modern part of Marrakech ‘s main artery is the av Mohamed V , which houses shops and outdoor cafes . It preserves some beautiful colonial houses with beautiful gardens.
Lush vegetation was created by the painter of this name and renovated in the 60s by the couturier Yves St Laurent . At present , the study of the painter is a museum of Moroccan art .
MUSEUM OF MARRAKECH
Dar Mnebhi Old Palace , built in the late s . XIX, jewel of Moroccan architecture. It has permanent collections and temporary exhibitions performed .
MUSEUM DAR SI SAÏD
THE HOUSE TISKIWIN (muy cerca de Dar Si Saïd)
Dedicated primarily to rural Northern art
Is famous for its wonderful garden with yucca plants and bamboo , to his collection of Islamic Art and paintings depicting landscapes trances artist Jacques Majorelle in Marrakech who lived from 1922 to 1965.
MUSEUM BERT FLINT
Collection of art and popular traditions Sous Valley and Sahara gathered by the Dutch art historian Bert Flint.
POPULAR NATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL (July)
No other city would be so appropriate to organize it. Folklore is something that is still alive today in Marrakech and to some extent can be seen in the Jemaa el Fna . It takes place in the palace Baadi ( early July ) . The Festival is sumptuous and sight to its international reputation. Folk groups come from all over Morocco. It is a good opportunity to appreciate the diversity of the country is manifested in different costumes , rhythms and choreography. They are very spectacular dances of the Middle and High Atlas as ” Ahidous ” and ” Ahouach ” the ” dekka ” Marrakesh or Saharan ” Guedra ” .
INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ( September)
The first edition was inaugurated in the year 2001 ( September 28-October 2 )
CIRCUIT DE LA PALMERAIE
The outskirts of the city towards Casablanca , Palm Grove which gave rise to the city of Marrakech is extended. It is a 22 km circuit to do by car or carriage ( a little long to make it complete ) and which houses more than 150,000 date palms. Legend has it that , at night , the warriors of Yusef Ben Tashfin ate dates brought from the oasis and throwing the bones , they fell into the holes they had made spears to nail them on the ground, germinating later. The palm has a very sophisticated irrigation system , called ” jettara ” , which was developed after consulting with Yusef Ben Ali , son of the founder .
Important religious center , surrounded by olive and orange trees .
TOMB OF KING OF SEVILLE ( 28km)
The mausoleum of the King of Seville, Ibn Abbad Moatamid is in Aghmat at 28km south of Marrakech. At the end of the eleventh century Andalusian king asked this helps Yusef ibn Tachfin Almoravid emir , who initially lent but then turned against him , seizing Sevilla in 1091. Ibn Abbad Moatamid was deported to Aghmat , where four years later he died .
OURIKA VALLEY (45 km )
Formed by the rushing waters that come from Oukaïmeden , is a fertile area with villages of mud houses clinging to the slopes of the mountain . It approached, taking a walk, and watch the Jebel Yagour rock carvings .
OUKAÏMEDEN High Atlas ( 74km )
Dominated in the north by the Djebel Angour ( 3.616m ) , wonderful skiing from December to April , is a haven of freshness during the summer for the people of Marrakech.
His interest lies in a cooperative selling carpets of typically Berber calls Chichaoua always red line that goes from the most vivid tones, for the present , to orange or pink for old Son hugely original in decor ; some with individual geometric patterns , and other -which is very rare with figurative elements – basically animals (influence of Sudanese slaves) .
Built in terraces on the slopes of Dir, adobe house has beautiful gardens and olive groves.
OUZOUD WATERFALLS ( 159km )
With over 100m drop , they are really impressive.
KASBAH OF TÉLOUET (173km)
Stunning kasbah in the middle of the country Glaoua , although a significant portion is in ruins, a few buildings remain in the splendor of the past. From this kasbah , you can follow the road to the lookout and Tizin’Tichka kasbah Ait Benhaddou , perfectly preserved .
BENI MELLAL (194km)
Situated on a hill and surrounded by a Dir oasis, is a magnificent orchard of fruit trees: orange , apricot , fig, pomegranate and olive groves.
TOUBKAL (cumbre más alta de Marruecos 4.167m)
The climb begins in the charming village of Imlil (130km south of Marrakech).
ROUTE TIZIN’TEST VIEWPOINT ( Southwest of Marrakech)
Among the green landscapes of the regions of Asni and Ouirgan , you come to this beautiful location that provides a breathtaking view of the vast plain of Sous ..
Called “The door of the desert ” is obliged to go into the deep south stage.
The famous poster ” 52 days to Timbuktu Camel ” is found in this location at the end of the main street where most stores ( Souq Wednesday and Sunday ) meet.
-AMAZRAOU (1,5 KM)
Magnificent gardens and terraces full of greenery next to the first dunes of the desert. The kasbah called Jews reminds an important Jewish community that started the tradition of jewelry and silverware .
-DJEBEL ZAGORA (5 km)
Wonderful view over the river, the palm and the desert, dominated the stone away from the Djebel Saghro silhouette . On its slopes remain the ruins of the wall of the eleventh century Almoravid fortress .
-TAMGROUT (18 km)
It owes its celebrity to significant Zaouia exerted its influence over the valleys of the Draa , Dades , the Sous and even the Anti -Atlas . This brotherhood has an important library, founded in the seventeenth century by Mohammed Abou Abdallah Bou Naceur and endowed with works from all Arab countries . Among the more than 4,000 manuscripts preserved highlights illuminated Korans , one of which dates from the eleventh century.
Also worth visiting the potteries outdoors, at the foot of the wall .
ROUTE OF A THOUSAND KASBAHS
This name is known in the south of the High Atlas , on a tour of a number of strengths . Made of adobe with crenellated towers and ornaments of crude brick, sometimes authentic fortified villages . They are situated in a stunning landscape where the desert and mountains meet, combining all shades of ocher and red, the rivers created canyons that become fertile valleys or green oasis with palm trees. If the ancient Kasbahs seduce their evocative power , the landscape moved by the strength of its contrasts , its lightness and silence fills the soul with peace and quiet, so this route is one of the most attractive and sought Morocco .
Starting point for excursions into the valleys of the Draa , Dades and Sous , and to Zagora , Erfoud and Tineghir , Ouarzazate is also an important tourist and craft center at 204 km and 376 km from Marrakech to Agadir.
At one time residence of the Pasha of Marrakech , is built of adobe with crenellated towers. The old quarters of the Glaoui , the dining room and the favorite to retain its decoration painted stucco and cedar wood ceilings are visited.
-ARTISAN – CENTER
Facing the kasbah of Taourirt , hosts workshops that manufacture and sell objects of stone, pottery and carpets. In this region are typical of Ouarzazate and the Djebel Siroua , also called ” Ouzguita ” which are particularly appreciated and are characterized by their orange background, with blue patterns , brown, yellow or black following very complicated compositions , made of wool silky .
-KASBAH TIFOULTOUTE (8km)
Old fort , now houses a hotel and restaurant.
-MARSH – ED EL MANSOUR Dahbi ( 13km )
Regulates the flow of Dra and allows the irrigation of 14,000 ha. Valley .
-AÏT BENHADDOU (32km)
Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, is the most imposing ksar of southern Morocco. His numerous crenellated towers seem attached to the mountain. Very well maintained , has served as the setting for numerous movies . Stroll through its narrow streets , you can visit some houses , and upon reaching the tower of the old kasbah : panoramic view of the region with the High Atlas in the background.
-DADES – VALLEY
It is known as the valley of a thousand kasbahs and although the figure is exaggerated , the truth is they are very numerous.
-SKURA DEL AHEL EL OUEST (42 km)
After passing through a semi-desert region , you get to a huge palm grove in which the village is located . As in the whole area, for the production of roses and rose water essence are grown. Oasis also collects gardens with lush vegetation amid the roses contrasting with some beautiful kasbahs like Amerhidil .
-KELAA DES M’GOUNA (92km)
Important fortified village located 1467 m . altitude . It is the capital of the cultivation of the rose and the right place to buy water, cream or rose essence . In May there moussem Rose with interesting folk events .
-BOUMALNE OF DADES (116 km)
From the top of the city the view is spectacular ocher here and there of Ksours and kasbahs , the river and the different shades of green cultivated , bare stone north of the High Atlas are fields .
Ksar of a thousand, several groups of kasbahs along about 2 km.
-TIMATROUINE (136 KM)
And Ksar Aït Atta kasbah of on the oued Imiter .
Important city located between the Tafilalet and Draa . It is built on terraces, crowned by an old Glaoui kasbah of a hill and surrounded by a major oasis Todgha in addition to a lush palm grove , there are plenty of olive, orange and other fruit trees.
Its privileged location , its beauty and excellent hospitality facilities make it an important reference point for travel around the region. North , address Errachidia , the output for the Throat is Todgha .
-TODGHA – GORGES
Imarighen source (or the Sacred Fish ) 11km N. Tineghir , km14 , Top most spectacular part of the gorge have Todgha gorges reaching 300 m tall.
-AIT OUDINAR-TODGHA – GORGES
It is a very beautiful, though difficult route. 4×4 is recommended . 62 km Msemir : Important fortified town . Have gasoline, lodging and restaurants , 66 km fork, take the right door 3444 , 82 km from Puerto Aguerd N’Zegzaoun , with its 2,800 m the highest path . 104 km Take the right fork . 114 km Tamtattouchte , with hotels and restaurants, the road gradually descends on the bed Todgha , throat , it becomes increasingly impressive . 128 km the most spectacular gorge area is reached.
If at km 66 , take the trail to the left , instead of the Gorges , is reached by a Imichil Agoudal ( 90km) , which takes place in September celebrated the Wedding moussem . In it, many couples get married dressed in traditional Berber dress. It is a unique event full of color . It is located in a national park.
Output Boumalne du Dades : km 4, it enters the throat full of greenery , 2 km then can admire one that belonged to the Glaoui kasbah , km 9 Beautiful view of the kasbah of Aït Arbi . Here , the road stops following the river and ascends the mountain , km 16 , becomes the Dades Valley , can admire a splendid waterfall , 25 km , Ksar Aït Ali and a marabout , km 28 , Aït Oudinar . Shortly after the bridge gives access to the most impressive part of the throat, authentic gorge on the track progresses winding through the mountains, next to an impressive cliff.
You can also do walking tours of one or more days. For this it is essential to hire a guide , hotel information Aït Oudinar .
-DRAA VALLEY(S.E. Ouarzazate)
The valley is about 200 km. long and , despite being a classic tourism in Morocco kept its authenticity . The palm groves and cultivated fields occur interrupted by the presence of kasbahs and adobe Ksours . These sheltered its walls, home towns very original architecture roofs on their houses terrace with balustrades decorated with bows.
-CASCADE DRAA (68 km)
You need ATV.
-AGDZ (68 km)
Administrative center of the region, in the main , colonnaded street , vendors of all kinds of crafts ( baskets , copper , ceramics , carpets ) and stones are installed. Outside , the Agdz Ksours and which was formerly the capital Tamenougalt , impressive both for its size and its beauty.
-OULAD ATMAN E IGDAOUN (107 km)
Two beautiful Ksours , the second charac terized by its striking towers shaped like a truncated pyramid .
-KSAR TINZOULINE (133 km)
In a deviation approx . 7 km. no rock inscriptions .
-KSEBT EL GHOMAD (139 km)
From this village the road enters the gorge Azlag .
Built in one of the most important oasis of Morocco, every year in the month of October the feast of dates held . Nearby, Rissani houses important historical monuments and ruins of Sijilmassa , legendary medieval city that controlled the main trans-Saharan route.
-THE FONT BLEU OF MESKI (22 km)
In a small cave at the foot of a cliff there is a blue-water spring that expands into a pond, the place is full of charm . From the top of the cliff, beautiful view of Meski, across the Ziz .
-KSAR MAADID (71km)
Surrounded by a wall of mud , inside a maze of narrow streets some of them covered .
OTHER RECOMMENDED ROUTE IS THE VALLEY ZIZ
Out by the Main Road 21. The road passes through great gorges where the red mountain stone contrasts with the green of the valley and the ocher of Ksours , the most impressive point is 39 km . The end of the line is 141 km Midelt
Tafilalet Valley Village in the province of Er Rachiddia , Meknes Tafilalet region . Located at the foot of the highest dunes in Morocco , ” Erg Chebbi ” and next to a small palm cultivated by the local population.
Until recently Merzouga was a small village of adobe architecture , almost overwhelmingly populated by nomadic or semi Berbers of the Ait Atta tribe , which is mainly dedicated to cultivating the palm and herded sheep , goats and camels .
From the 90’s tourism began to develop in the region , in principle were few travelers who came to the area , since you could only get there by 4×4 vehicles , tourists staying in Erfoud or Rissani , cities closer and made trips a day to the dunes , but gradually were emerging in the area small accommodation , modest shelters that the hospitality of the local people replacing gaps and discomfort, with the passage of time zone has grown into one of the most visited in Morocco , where no shortage accommodation of all types and a variety of visitor services , bicycle hire , quads , trips dromedaries , souvenir shops , warehouses nomadic where desert handicrafts , mechanics, food stores, cafes , tourist camps jayma sold .
In 2002 came to Merzouga asphalt and this eventually assume the momentum he needed to make tourism became the main activity in the area. Today there is no family in Merzouga in which at least one member is not engaged in tourism.
Merzouga interest lies mainly in the wonderful surrounding environment , on one hand the Erg , with dunes that stretch for miles and miles , on the other hand a wide plain , gray and dusty hamada , the bottom of which there is a lake, the Dayet Srji , it only makes water wetter winters and serving winter home for migratory waterbirds including flamingos , stilts , …