Best kasbahs Between marrakech and ouarzazate

Best kasbahs Between marrakech and ouarzazate

There are many fascinating Kasbahs in Morocco and here we will mention the Kasbahs of morocco between marrakech and ouarzazate, The vertiginous (and no less perilous) road which connects Marrakech and Ouarzazate crosses the most beautiful landscapes of the High Atlas through the passage of Tizi n’Tichka, the “pasture pass”, then through the Ounila valley which conceals secrets : ocher villages that blend into the multicolored mountains, terraced orchards, troglodyte ksours and abandoned kasbahs. It is a concentrate of beauty unmatched in southern Morocco.

Crossing the Tizi NTichka pass

tizi n tichka
tizi n tichka

As you move away from Marrakech, the vegetation, the reliefs and the colors change with each turn. Then the road rises above the plains winding the High Atlas Mountains, a real natural barrier between the provinces of Marrakech and Ouarzazate. Small adobe villages cling to the mountainsides. As we approach the Tizi NTichka pass, the highest point of the journey at an altitude of 2,260 meters, we dive into a thick mist before entering a frozen world. The point of view is extraordinary. The road continues towards the Tizi N’Aït Imquer pass, from where you can admire an exceptional panorama of the Djbel Tistouit, which sits majestically in the middle of a cirque of snow-capped mountains.

Telouet road through the Ounila valley

Telouet
Telouet

A few dozen kilometers after crossing the Tizi NTichka pass, a left fork invites the more adventurous of travelers to take the road to Telouet. Although the journey is longer to arrive in Ouarzazate, this path that crosses the Ounila valley promises a surprising journey dotted with ocher villages that blend into the mountains, valleys and terraced orchards, troglodyte ksour and kasbahs in the mountains. ‘abandonment. ” That’s wonderful ! “,” This is beautiful isn’t it “,” look how beautiful it is! “, That’s all we kept repeating to ourselves along the way. For travel bloggers, this is a fairly limited vocabulary. At the bend of each bend, the change of scenery is so surprising that we are almost speechless.


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Telouet Kasbah

Telouet Kasbah
Telouet Kasbah

A stop at the Telouet Kasbah, a former palace of the last lord of the Atlas, stronghold of the 17th century Glaoua tribe, is a must! Despite the fact that the Telouet Kasbah at first glance appears to be falling into ruin, the interior still bears witness to the reign of the Glaoui family, with stucco lounges, zellig walls, marble and earthenware ornaments, long corridors , and surprisingly well-preserved cedar ceilings. We are dazzled by this architectural gem lost in the middle of nowhere. Berbers and Jews lived together on these lands, the former living from agriculture and livestock, the latter from the exploitation of the rich resources of salt and the distillation of Merrain, a brandy made from dates and figs. .

Tazleft Caves

Tazleft Caves
Tazleft Caves

The winding road through the Ounila valley is in poor condition but it rewards us with mountain landscapes with a thousand colors that remind us of the rainbows mountains of Peru, green plateaus bordered by cliffs, and gorges with crystal clear waters. Another fork leads us to the small village of Tazeleft wedged between the mountains. A villager offers to accompany us for a short hike between the orchards to the troglodyte caves of Tazeleft, a series of cells cut in the rock once inhabited by semi-nomads. The beauty and tranquility of this place is indescribable.

Tamdaght Kasbah

Tamdaght Kasbah
Tamdaght Kasbah

Back on the main road in the Ounila valley, we continue our way to the village of Tamdakht dominated by the ruins of an old Kasbah of the apparently ruined Glaoui dynasty. The Kasbah of Tamdaght has a particular history because it served as a prison for the family of General Oufkir, the main instigator of the failed coup against the late King Hassan II, on August 16, 1972. Today, the Kasbah is particularly popular. photographers and filmmakers from around the world who come to be inspired by his particular aesthetic.

Ksar Ait Ben Heddou

Ksar Ait Ben Heddou
Ksar Ait Ben Heddou

Ait Ben Heddou Not far away, a grandiose ancient fortress classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO sits majestically on top of a hill with the snow-capped peaks of the Middle Atlas as a backdrop. This is the icing on the cake of this course through the Ounila Valley. If the scenery sounds familiar to you, it’s probably because the site has been the location of several films including the American blockbusters Gladiator, Laurence of Arabia, Prince of Persia and even Game of Thrones.

Arrival in Ouarzazate

ouarzazat
ouarzazat

We leave the Ounila valley with stars in our eyes. We could never have imagined a concentrate of beauty over such a short distance. We have finally arrived in Ouarzazate. Ouarzazate is the petite Moroccan Hollywood star. We stay in an ecolodge ideally located on the outskirts of the city by the lake of the El Mansour Eddahbi dam. To discover this little corner of paradise: stay in an ecolodge in Ouarzazate.


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Exploring erg chebbi

Exploring erg chebbi, Merzouga desert

When we think of Morocco, we immediately imagine these epinal images of camel caravans crossing the ocher dunes of the Sahara at sunset. This is exactly the kind of picture that we had in store for our stay in Merzouga Erg Chebbi, at the gates of the only Saharan erg in Morocco. Our coming to an end. The journey turned out to be a compendium of crazy landscapes and rewarding encounters, certainly one of the. We are now in Merzouga, a small, windswept village at the gateway to the Sahara. Travelers who come until all hope to see these regs flooded with light, these wadis flooded sand, and of course the majestic ocher dunes that make us dream so much. I have this special connection with the desert. Maybe I was a Bedouin in another life, which would certainly explain my choice of being a digital nomad today (not stupid). After visiting the, Atacama Desert in Chile, Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia, and, the time has finally come to experience a tiny little part of the world’s largest hot desert: the Sahara.

Discovering Erg Chebbi in Merzouga

Discovering Erg Chebbi in Merzouga
Discovering Erg Chebbi in Merzouga

Erg Chebbi in the Tafilalet Valley on the outskirts of Merzouga, Chigaga is with the only Saharan erg in Morocco traveled huge dunes of 150 meters of average height. For centuries, the Merzouga region has been a real crossroads between the civilizations of the African desert. From the terrace of our hostel-kasbah, we can already see the first voluptuous sand dunes stretching out towards what seems to be infinity. The desert calls us. Mama Africa is calling us. As soon as the scorching heat fades, we mount our camels for a camel trek in the desert 2 hours to reach our camp at the foot of the Erg Chebbi dunes.

camel caravan in the Merzouga desert

Our camels slowly entered the desert in single file with a slow and swaying step. The play of shadows on the sand dunes hypnotizes me and almost makes me forget the discomfort of my mount. I feel alive again in this virgin wild nature that does not lie. Sand dunes stretch across the horizon regardless of borders. Over there, somewhere is Algeria, but the dunes and the wind pass through the countries. In the middle of this space which seems infinite, we feel infinitely small. We lose all our bearings the better to find them. It’s only the present moment that matters. The past is immediately swept away by the wind like the footprints of our dromedaries on the sand. I think of those nomads who have chosen this simple, decluttered way of life in an environment that seems so inhospitable. What an incredible display of resilience and endurance! Two hours and a few aches in the buttocks later, we are far from Merzouga. Our Berber tent sahara desert camps.


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Sunset over the dunes of the Sahara

Sunset over the dunes of the Sahara
Sunset over the dunes of the Sahara

Not a minute to lose. You absolutely have to climb to the top of this dune so as not to miss any of the sunset. Easier said than done. For every step we take in this quicksand, we take two steps back. You end up getting on all fours to successfully climb to the top. Challenge met. We are out of breath, soaked in sweat, very silted up, but our efforts are rewarded by a magnificent spectacle of light on these mounds permanently sculpted by the wind. The dunes are illuminated by golden shades before igniting in red, fuchsia, light pink, a whole range of shapes and colors designed by the last light of day. With our small group of friends, we suddenly want to sing at the top of our lungs. The sound echoes endlessly, but no one can hear our wrong notes, except perhaps our camel drivers who must now be quite used to the euphoric reactions of visitors to Merzouga.

Overnight camping under the stars in the middle of a dune ocean

Overnight camping under the stars in the middle of a dune ocean
Overnight camping under the stars in the middle of a dune ocean

Back to the camp, a tagine washed down with mint tea welcomes us. Guests then come out “Guembri” (kind of guitar with three strings), “djembe” (drum) and “Rattlesnakes” (a type of castanets) for a small concert music and traditional songs, the opportunity to try these funny instruments and share some giggles. Before bed, we go back on our dune in the dark to admire the sky studded with stars and shooting stars. Never has the Milky Way been so brilliant, far from the visual pollution of big cities. Lying on the sand in this silence and absolute darkness, I think of this vast desert that surrounds us and everything it contains unknown, as it was once an ocean or perhaps a savannah where prehistoric species still lived. More than a simple absence of noise, the silence that reigns sharpens all our senses and our.


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