- Encounters with locals
- Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
- Hiking / Trekking
- Archaeological Site
- Off the beaten track
Situated in the Central Atlas mountains, the Dadès gorge offers breathtaking scenery: sheer walls of rock in ocre, red and violet tints, reminiscent sometimes of the great American parks, and without doubt a must-see during your trip to Morocco.
I retain memories of routes winding through arid scenery and climbing slowly through bizarre geological formations before plunging down towards a small Berber village and its kasbah, often surrounded by a verdant oasis. The region also offers any number of walks and hikes in the neighbouring mountains. Finally, there's the opportunity to explore numerous troglodyte caves, traditionally populated by the Berber tribes and today, occasionally transformed into lodgings for the many tourists who visit the region.
Located between Boumalne and Imdiazen, the valley of the Dades Gorge is absolutely stunning. In my opinion, it's one of the most beautiful places in the country, a must-see place duringa trip to Morocco. It's one of the most impressive canyons in the whole country, with its absolutely incredible colours, especially at sunset.
The inhabitants of the valley, the Berbers, are particularly welcoming and hospitable. They'll gladly welcome you to drink tea, eat and even sleep in their homes. For sport lovers, you'll be well-served: rafting, hiking or even climbing are possible on site.
The best season to explore the gorge is in spring, when the temperatures aren't too high and the valley is covered with flowers.
In the Dadès Valley, known as the "Valley of One Thousand Kasbahs", I saw the extent to which nature is essential to local life.
The snow covering the peaks of the High Atlas and Jbel Saghro, in the South, doesn't only provide excitement for tourists, but also assures the irrigation of crops. I saw in the markets how important the sale of nuts and figs is to keep families going. All of the valley lives by the rhythm of the crops.
And to finish my journey with beauty, I went to the Dadès Gorges, around ten kilometres from Boulmane_Dadès. I admired this dizzying spectacle where the colour of the rocks alternate between red and mauve and where the kasbahs seem to merge into a green-coloured display from the gorges' gardens.