Meski Things to Do
The Kasbah occupies a strategically strong position overlooking the Meski Valley. On the long hike to reach it we realised just how difficult a place it would be to attack. Nowadays it’s mostly in ruins but when it was occupied it must have been a wonderful place to live.
Kasbah’s are notorious for collapsing quickly if not maintained properly and it seems this is what has happened here. Much of the outer walls are intact but the majority of the interior has collapsed into rubble. We climbed over the rubble to try and see the interior but it was difficult to get an impression of the layout as there was just too much rubble.
The hike to the Kasbah takes you away from the crowds around Source Bleue de Meski, and passes some beautiful scenery, especially at the end of the hike when you begin the climb to the top of the ridges overlooking the valley.
We didn’t follow any set route to et to the Kasbah so anyone else who does this hike may find a better path. We followed the Oued Ziz river for about 25 minutes from the Source Bleue area until the river narrowed and we were able to cross via some well placed rocks. This first part of the hike was good fun as we had a nice view of the Kasbah to the east and we met a number of local Berber women and children who nodded hello to us.
After crossing the river we made our way up towards the Kasbah. The walls of the Kasbah were very steep at this point and there was no way we could access if from here so we followed an irrigation channel which eventually led to the path to the ridge. We had walked well past the Kasbah by this stage so once up on the ridge we had to double back to reach it. The scenery on top of the ridge was well worth the hike - we had a lovely view of the vast Meski Valley. The hike to the Kasbah took about an hour in all.
Most visitors to Meski spend their time by the pool. It’s undeniably scenic though some people might be put off by the shops and café which have developed here In response to the large numbers of visitors. The pool is fed by a natural spring from the Meski palmeries and is safe to swim in; though it was a hot day, it was still only March and we weren’t sure if the water was warm enough so we skipped the swimming. If you look closely at the pool you can see lots of small fish swimming around.
The Source Bleue de Meski is located about 17km south of Er-Rachidia on the road to Erfoud. Having your own car is useful here as there aren’t too many buses passing this way. Grande Taxis from Er -Rachidia are also an option though for the return or onward trip you may have to flag one down. The Source Bleue is clearly signposted, and is easy to reach, about 1km to the east of the main road.
meski can be reached by taxi from errachidia for a couple dozens of dirahms. bargain the price always. price should not be more than 30 dirhams for a shared taxi. the best way is to go to the end of the city and stop a taxi either then going to the taxi or bus station where prices will rise.
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Meski Warnings and Dangers
To get to Meski Kasbah from the camping area you must cross the Oued Ziz river. At some times of year the river is little more than a stream, but during our trip it was wide enough around Meski and we had to walk a long way before it narrowed sufficiently to cross. We could of course have waded right in as it wasn’t too deep but our guidebook warned that the river was a possible source of bilharzias, a rather nasty parasitic disease. This didn’t seem to deter the local Berber women, whom we saw washing their clothes knee-deep in water. It did deter us and we walked patiently until we could jump across.