Vallée d'Imoulass

Vallée d'Imoulass

Des paysages magnifiques.

Eddir

Eddir

Le marché a lieu chaque mercredi. Il est berbère à 100 %.

Marché du mercredi à Eddir

Marché du mercredi à Eddir

On y trouve des produits agricoles locaux.

Anes entre les arganiers

Anes entre les arganiers

Parking du mercredi à Eddir.

Village en étages près de Tamaloukt

Village en étages près de Tamaloukt

Les maisons en briques n'enlaidissent pas ces lieux. Mais pour combien de temps encore ?

Village intact

Village intact

Avec une mosquée dont la silhouette se détache à l'horizon

L'âne et l'enfant

L'âne et l'enfant

Dans la société marocaine, l'âne est encore un bien très précieux, qui permet de se déplacer

Sérénité

Sérénité

Air frais et pas de pollution dans l'Atlas ! Mais attention à l'arrivée de la modernité !

De la plaine du Souss à l'Atlas

De la plaine du Souss à l'Atlas

De coteaux parsemés d'arganiers

Villages intacts de l'Atlas


Unspoiled villages and authentic people of the Atlas

Meet authentic people and unspoiled landscapes in the nearby Atlas? Not difficult, by car, from the Jardin aux Etoiles! You can reach the nearest village, called Eddir, in half an hour.

Ane entre les arganiers
Ane entre les arganiers

Ici, la voiture n'a pas encore remplacé le moyen de déplacement traditionnel.

Maisons traditionnelles en pisé
Maisons traditionnelles en pisé

... et tout à coup une voiture.

Murs de pierres taillées
Murs de pierres taillées

Une autre technique traditionnelle encore à l'honneur à Eddir.

Marché du mercredi
Marché du mercredi

Des légumes magnifiques.

Souk improvisé
Souk improvisé

Sous les parasols.

Ames sensibles s'abstenir
Ames sensibles s'abstenir

Ces chèvres viennent d'être abattues et portent l'information que leur viande et toute fraîche.

Boucherie à ciel ouvert
Boucherie à ciel ouvert

La viande exposée attire ainsi le chaland. La balance n'a pas changé depuis des siècles.

Eddir
Eddir

Il s'agit d'une commune rurale, dotée d'une petite administration locale.

Coiffe berbère
Coiffe berbère

Un des nombreux signes qui ne permettent pas de confondre Berbères et Arabes.

While the nearby town of Ouled Teima is predominantly Arab, Eddir is totally Berber. It is imperative to go there on Wednesday morning, in order to enjoy the atmosphere of the market held there that day.

At the entrance to the village, several dozen donkeys stand still, attached to the hundred-year-old argan trees. It is the sign of a large gathering, that of the inhabitants of the surrounding small douars, gathered for the occasion. Some come to sell their goats or sheep there, others stock up on vegetables and meat. Objects of all kinds are offered on the floor.


Cordial welcome

We drink tea, we taste fried sardines.

Tourists are another attraction here. The foreign visitor is cordially welcomed, provided of course that he behaves with respect, which is the least of things. If you manage to get a few words out of Tachelhit (Berber language), you will be adopted immediately! You may be invited to drink something in very small improvised cafes, installed on the ground, sheltered by adobe walls and covered with reeds. Here beats the heart of true Amazigh Morocco.

In addition to this, you will need to know more about it.

Please note: the Eddir market is almost exclusively the meeting place for men, which can inconvenience Western women.

Salines de Dkhila
Salines de Dkhila

En étages

Barrage de Dkhila
Barrage de Dkhila

A gauche le barrage

Barrage de Dkhila
Barrage de Dkhila

Vu d'en bas

Dkhila dam and salt works

From Eddir, in 10 minutes by car , one reaches a dam and saltworks called Dkhila. The dam stretches lengthwise at the foot of an impressive stone cliff. For their part, the saltworks and their basins offer a nice spectacle to the eye.

From Taroudant to Tafraouten, via Tamaloukt
Femme berbère à l'oeuvre
Femme berbère à l'oeuvre

Fatima dans sa cuisine, en train de faire fonctionner son tour qui produit de l'huile d'argan

Maisons en pisé
Maisons en pisé

Entourées de figuiers de Barbarie, comme le Jardin aux Etoiles.

De Tamaloukt à Tafraouten
De Tamaloukt à Tafraouten

La route s'élève au-dessus d'un paysage magnifique

Paysage immuable
Paysage immuable

Le ciel, la verdure, les champs

Bambou
Bambou

Ces tiges se transformeront par exemple en abri pour les véhicules, comme au Jardin aux Etoiles

Maison berbère
Maison berbère

Construite en terre crue, c'est-à-dire en pisé, et décorée de motifs de feuilles de palmier

Oued Souss
Oued Souss

Au-dessus de Tamaloukt

Village nommé Riad
Village nommé Riad

On y accède de Tamaloukt, en traversant l'oued, parfois rempli d'eau.

Parfois, un gîte...
Parfois, un gîte...

A 7 km de Tamaloukt.

Here is our third proposal to discover the unspoiled villages and the authentic people of the nearby Atlas. Allow an hour and a half to get there. From Taroudant , head north, via Tamaloukt, a village at the foot of this mythical chain. A good paved road of about thirty kilometers has been opened from the village of Amcherk. From the first foothills of the mountain, dotted with argan trees, the spectacle of nature is king.

This road leads to the mother town of Tafraouten (not to be confused with Tafraout, a locality located in the Anti-Atlas) and even further, in even wilder heights. The Imoulaas Valley (photo in the carousel above) is well worth a visit. If you want to spend a night there: Les Terrasses de l'Atlas.

Rammed earth and bricks

Some villages are not at all disfigured by brick constructions. The traditional Berber houses in adobe, that is to say in raw earth, which constitute the best insulation and keep the freshness in summer , are still the rule, and they should be protected. Because they are friable, and bad weather sometimes damages them seriously.

It is therefore easier and more economical to build with industrial bricks. But these do not insulate the heat or the cold and make the landscape ugly, since, in the countryside, they are hardly ever plastered.

Enriching encounters

An extraordinary peace emanates from these villages! Along the way, kindly ask the inhabitants, Berbers in their overwhelming majority, and ask them if they allow you to discover their house.

They will be happy with your interest and will bring you to their very modest home. You may see the stay-at-home mother there operating the lathe which makes it possible to obtain argan oil by crushing the almonds hardly extracted from the kernel of the fruit. If you're lucky - but aren't we provoking it? -, the father will be proud to show you his offspring on the back of a donkey.

Despite the obstacles, the serenity

This impromptu visit will allow you to better understand the difficulty of daily life in these villages of the Atlas and, despite all the obstacles, the optimism and serenity of their inhabitants. Enriching encounters are within your reach!

Of course, leave a few dozen dirhams to the good people who will have offered you their welcome and often their hearts.

 

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Eddir weekly market at a
half hour
from the Garden to the Stars  

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Tafraouten in just over an hour and a half   from the Jardin aux Etoiles  
 

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Dkhila dam and saltworks 40 minutes away
from the Garden to the Stars and 10 minutes from Eddir
 

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Until Aguerd in
1 hour 30
from the Jardin aux Etoiles