Rochers roses

Rochers roses

Le décor sublime de Tafraout

Vallée de la tribu des Ammeln

Vallée de la tribu des Ammeln

Juste avant Tafraout en venant de Tizourgane

Au-dessus de Tafraout

Au-dessus de Tafraout

Des sommets qui dépassent les 2000 mètres. Le djebel Lekst culmine à 2'359 m

Le lion de Tafraout

Le lion de Tafraout

Sculpté par la nature

Village d'Oumesnat près de Tafraout

Village d'Oumesnat près de Tafraout

Maisons typiques traditionnelles en pisé

Tafraout

Tafraout

Roches bleues, installation de l'artiste belge Jean Verame

Forteresse de Tizourgane, à Tiouit

Forteresse de Tizourgane, à Tiouit

Magnfiquement restaurée

Tizourgane

Tizourgane

Depuis la terrasse du restaurant Tizourgane Kasbah

Granit rose Tafraout

Tafraout the magic by Tizourgane

One of the most extraordinary excursions from your rented riad is the one that leaves due south to the mythical Berber locality of Tafraout, passing through the fortified village of Tizourgane, where the midday stop is required, after an hour thirty way. This trip, which should be given a full day, and that from early morning, can also include, before Tizourgane, a visit to the fortified granary of Imchguiguiln or that of Ikounka .

Without the various stops, allow a good five hours to complete this enchanting circuit. We recommend doing it in two days, spending the night in Tafraout, to take the time to admire in all serenity the painted rocks and the gorges of Aït Mansour.

Successful rehabilitation of a rocky outcrop

From a distance, the Anti-Atlas appears to be a continuous chain. Like its big brother the Atlas, it is actually made up of valleys, depressions, cliffs and hills. From the large town of Aït Baha , the road leading to Tizourgane runs alongside spectacular granite cirques. The wadi which hollowed out the bottom of the valley is sometimes visible, sometimes invisible, as the slope is important.

The flagship of Moroccan rural tourism

Just before Tiouit suddenly appears the silhouette of the rocky outcrop on which was built a fortress which dates back to the 13th century. A small car park has been set up halfway up. Tizourgane has been perfectly restored, showing an ancestral stone art. The restoration operation has perfectly respected the authenticity of the fortress. Moroccan rural tourism holds here one of its flagships. The pdf files that will be downloaded below explain the recent history of Tizourgane.

Delicious food

But, for the moment, the stomachs are empty! Located at the western end of the fortress, the excellent restaurant of Tizourgane Kasbah awaits us. Everything is delicious here. The owner is none other than the wife of Jamal, the man at the origin of the rebirth of the place. She will offer you typical dishes. Do not miss its tagine with eggs and spices!

This tasted meal, let's not waste time. Let's take the road in the direction of Tafraout!

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Up to Tizourgane in just over an hour and a half   from the Jardin aux Etoiles  
 

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Tafraout, unforgettable magic

As soon as the fortress of Tizourgane leaves, the landscape changes. We quickly arrive in the Ameln Valley (also written Ammeln), a spectacular natural theater dominated by Djebal Lekst from the top of its 2,359 meters. It is from here that a large part of the Berbers named Chleuhs who inhabit Agadir and the Souss come from.

Some, known for their sense of commerce, have become grocers in Paris or wealthy industrialists in Casblanca. The major droughts have prompted them to leave their emblematic village, which they keep pegged to the heart. Savvy Berber observers affirm that the richest among them are like Scrooge, the miser par excellence created by Disney. They would be totally insensitive to the fate of the less fortunate Imazighen and would have only one idea in mind: to please Arab Moroccans and foreigners.

From the lion to the badly named Napoleon hat

The houses of the Ameln Valley take on very dark red colors, others are built in floors and adobe, giving a marked character to the village of Oumesnat, also spelled Omssnat. The landscape then widens and arrives the village of Tafraout . An impressive, very recognizable lion appears on a rock face. Leaving the center of the city, which in itself does not take on anything extraordinary, the pink granite rocks give a magical, almost unreal dimension to the site, which reaches its climax when it is bathed in the rays of the sun. setting. Rejoice your eyes!

The guides talk a lot about the rock called "Napoleon's Hat". But don't be fooled: this rare gift of nature has nothing to do with Imperial headgear. This name is not only misleading, but also scandalous . South of Tafraout, the gorges of Aït Mansour are another source of admiration.

Tafraout is also a paradise for lovers of climbing . Both to the south and north of the village, they will find their happiness, in the form of two superb routes .

A quality riad

Unfortunately, the hotels and restaurants in Tafraout do not enjoy a reputation that matches the natural setting. However, the very recent opening of the riad El Malara changes the situation. Finally a quality riad in Tafraout! You can eat and sleep there. Reservation essential.

The way back goes through the sublime and wild Col du Kerdous , where a stopover is welcome, without, here again, the hotel of the same name being at the same level as the landscape. From Tifnit, the express road is quick to reach your rental riad. In total, you will have spent a good 5 hours on the road during this superb day.

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To spend the night or simply eat there: the guest house
El Malara in Tafraout
 
 

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A circuit by Tizourgane and Tafraout which takes place in more than 6 hours. We recommend doing it in two days , spending the night in El Malara and adding the painted rocks and the Aït Mansour gorges the next day.

Located 5 km from Tafraout, Tiznit side, the riad El Malara is very visible, standing not far from the main road to Tiznit starting from the center of the Berber city, north of the track of the rocks painted by Jean Verame . The exterior architecture is very successful and announces the quality of the place. The walls are covered with rammed earth and stones, in the latter case in a manner typical of the ancestral style of the Anti-Atlas.

To eat and sleep there

You can eat there only, or take board. We recommend to our guests who wish to deepen their discovery of Tafraout to sleep there at least one night. In a first stage, the riad, which opened in 2015, has six beds.

Riad El Malara was created by a very active couple of French retirees, Bernadette and Jean Sibieude . Both to eat there and to spend the night there, it is advisable to make a reservation with them.

+212 6 58 18 18 36 or +33 6 62 99 25 21

info@elmalara.com