SCENIC ROUTES / Drâa-Tafilalet

En route from Marrakesh to the desert, we pass rocky hills and mountains, lush oases, palm-filled valleys, and towering gorges. Hundreds of casbahs perch in the landscape, some crumbling and others perfectly preserved, and in the valley we find flowering rosebushes with a sweet scent that perfumes the air.

The Drâa-Tafilalet region stretches through the High Atlas Mountains from Marrakesh to the Sahara, encompassing approximately 50,000 square miles of diverse, arid landscapes, including Tizi n’Tichka, the highest major mountain pass in North Africa, the Valley of 1,000 Casbahs, containing the remnants of fortifications built by powerful families, and the Valley of the Roses, featuring a special variety of rose used primarily for rosewater.

Photos: Drâa-Tafilalet (Tizi n’Tichka pass, High Atlas mountains, Ouarzazate, Kelaat m’Gouna, Todra Gorge, Drâa Valley) , Morocco / May 2016

See also:

Morocco Dossier

SAHARA DESERT / To the Desert and Back

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