Exploring Marrakech – The Draa Valley

The Drâa valley just isn’t solely a 100 kilometres gorgeous lengthy stretch of date palms between Ouarzazate and Zagora, in Southern Morocco. It is usually a area providing unbelievable alternatives of exploring 4 days Marrakech desert tours and spectacular views of the mauve Atlas Mountains, with the Oued Drâa River -the longest in Morocco- disappearing regularly when you transfer downstream from the Atlas Mountains, and the place dozens of Kasbahs might be noticed alongside the river.

On prime of this, within the unimaginable Drâa Valley area you may even uncover some cave work and rock engravings or can enterprise on a Marrakesh desert journey.

The Drâa Valley is an enchanting valley providing a powerful number of irresistible points of interest. The pure fantastic thing about the valley is gorgeous and definitely deserves a go to. In the event you observe the river down from the Excessive Atlas Mountains, you’ll benefit from the sight of an limitless plantation, largely of palm bushes, on every river financial institution. The plantation goes on for a number of kilometres till the desert seems and takes over the panorama.

However it’s not till you attain Zagora that true desert regularly begins, initially with only a stone desert displaying some lonely sand dune right here and there. However when you move M’Hamid, the actual limitless sand sea covers your complete horizons and the actual dunes dominate the surroundings. Right here, you may get pleasure from some true desert camel trekking, caravan-style…

Moreover the plantations -which embrace cereals, greens, henna and different crops- and the desert, there are a number of (six in complete) oases consisting of palm groves a with a mean width of three kilometres, however reaching as much as 100 kilometres in some locations. The fantastic thing about these oases -called Mezguita, Tinzouline Ternata Fezouata Ktaoua, and Mhamid el Ghuzlan- is actually spectacular and the distinction with the aridity and the dryness of their surrounding is kind of startling.

Different websites which are price a go to alongside the Drâa Valley are the various rock artwork engravings or petroglyphs that may be discovered within the space. There are a number of websites the place rock artwork might be admired, though the most effective recognized are Foum Chenna (Tinzouline), Aït Ouaazik (Asguine Tarna, Tazzarine) Tiouririne and Tisguinine (Zagora).

Moreover this rock work and engravings, there’s a necropolis, additionally relationship from prehistoric occasions, in Foum Larjam -meaning “Mouth” or “Passage of the Tombs”- on the Djebel Beni-Selmane, to the south of Tizi Beni- Selmane.

Because the historical past of the Drâa Valley consists largely of durations of warfare between the completely different nomadic tribes, there isn’t any marvel that the Drâa is especially well-known for its Kasbahs or Islamic fortresses. There are dozens of Kasbahs alongside the Drâa Valley, however essentially the most well-known ones are, North to South, the Kasbahs of Tamnougalt and of Aït Hammou Ousaid close to Agdz, the Kasbahs of El Caïd Ouslim and Oulad Outhmane in Tamezmout, the Kasbahs of Foum and Achnna N’Kob in Tinzouline, the Kasbah of Tat Ifli in Beni Zouli, the Kasbahs of Amezrou, Aït Ali Tighramt Ouziguen, and of Laglaoui in Zagora, the Kasbahs of Agouim Nouaadjou and Tagounite in Tagounite, and the Kasbahs of Aït Bounou, LaAllouj, Oulad Driss, and Rgabi in M’hamid El Ghuzlane.

Moreover the pure, the historic and the architectural wonders that the Drâa Valley presents, there are additionally small villages alongside the valley the place time appears to have stopped, so little is the influence of modernity on them. In these villages that spot the panorama right here and there, girls are totally and all the time veiled whereas they wash their garments on the riverbanks and males are in some way watchful and distant, maybe unaccustomed to international guests. These individuals, moreover Arabic, converse their very own dialect of the Berber vernacular, referred to as Tashelhiyt.

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