Excursions of one day in Morocco Posted November 13, 2015

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EXCURSION 1 : AIT BEN HADDOU – TELOUATE

From Ouarzazate we drive on a track to the High Atlas and to the famous casbah of Ait Ben Haddou, a Berber medieval fortified city, considered as historic site by the UNESCO World Heritage protected. The casba’s are built on a hill and are still in good condition. We visit this site and continue our journey through Berber villages which seems to be fixed to the mountains in the valley of Ounila. We drive to Telouate. and visit the Kasbah of the Pasha Glaoui. Some parts of the Kasbah are well maintained and give a sense of luxury in which the former El Glaoui lived. Lunch is served in Telouate. We return to Ouarzazate via the national road.

EXCURSION 2 : GORGES DU DADES

The first part of the ride goes through the Valley of the Roses whose capital is Kelaa M’Gouna, also called the city of roses, and known for its annual festival “Moussem des Roses.” At this festival the locals exhibit their crafts and products made of roses (rose water which is made in the region, perfumes, soaps, creams …). The area is fascinating and the scenery beautiful. The mountains of the High Atlas are not far away. We drive past many remote villages and enjoy panoramic views across the valley. We leave the valley of Dadés and move to the Gorges du Dadés with its steep walls and folds. We have lunch in a typical restaurant and enjoy a beautiful view of the gorge . In the afternoon we drive back through the Dades valley and the palmgardens of Skoura.

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