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February and March is typically when the almond or cherry trees are in full blossom - some areas such as Tafroute usually even have an Almond Blossom Festival but in March through to June - in addition to lush fields of wheat and rye are flowers, of an array of colours, that can be seen for entire valleys or sporadically here and there - including pink Oleander that grows prolifically around waterways in bloom till June - before the peak temperatures start to dry off the vegetation and the brown of mid summer becomes the main colour.
This is when walking about out in the countryside - or driving freely - is so beautiful - absorb the beauty of the colours, the fresh air and the peace and quiet amongst the berber communities living their lives out on these remote areas.
Updated Apr 23, 2008
Spring is a most beautiful time in Morocco - and Telouet with its unusual and spectcular colours around the valleys and hills is just even more enhanced with the fertile look of grains growing in the fields and the spring blossoms of almond or cherry trees or a little later the poppies and spring flowers in the fields.
Last spring was one of the nicest Ive seen in Telouet - Ive seen the Moroccan countryside looking spectacular during other spring times but this was the nicest Ive seen in Telouet with the trees in the kasbah orchard in bloom and around the valleys as well.
February to March is the best time for almond and cherry trees to be seen in bloom, March to May or early June the best generally for the lush look of fields growing well with crops and the colourful spring flowers and prolific Oleander bushes growing in such an extensive area, especially waterways. Even wattle can be found in some areas blooming its lovely yellow. With the added picturesqueness of mountain tops usually still having white snow tops and blessed with lovely blue skies of good weather. and warm temperatures.
Written Jan 26, 2008
Rather than just a fast A to B and off again roam around and see the locality - the Glaoui rulers had not only a beautiful palace inside but the gardens around in which they grew their fruit, vegetables, flowers and herbs and spices were beautiful too.
These days its deteriorated to ruins but the area is still a lovely place to roam and smell the fresh air, see whatever sights might come your way - find or see the old mint and rosemary plants, pomegranate and cherry trees - and imagine to days gone by?
Its built above beautiful valleys - the town and old slave quarters sprawling over one side and the other a fertile valley(where you can sit with coffee at the nearby restaurant auberge Lion D'or and gaze over the peaceful and pretty area) where crops are grown, a creek runs and is just makes a nice stroll or a great walk that carries on up the valley further to the salt mines and another beautiful area Anmiter (11km) with its old but of course very scenic fortified villages.
Updated Apr 17, 2007
4,5 km from Telouet is the Auberge Cafe Restaurant Tasgha - which is really a reward at the end of a lovely journey rather than an auberge or coffee stop tip - the whole route is excellent.
Each time ive gone ive seen different people going about their thing at the moment - eg mum and child walking from the mini bus thats just dropped them off, mini buses loaded with men/workers on their way home, people out in the fields gathering things or tilling, guys in their footie gear off to meet a footie session!,berber mum and dad out with baby on the front or back and toddler out looking after or herding their sheep and goats, donkey or mule riders with their loads on the way back from the Telouet souk - or even better a wedding party making their way into town!!
the berber villages along add character to the variety of colours in the soil and land and vegetation with dramatic kasbahs as well, and then theres the river valleys cutting deep and dramatically into the landscape
There are numerous little villages or hamlets around this area and as is tradition they are very communal with celebrations and festivities and harvests etc.
Written Jan 12, 2007
Be friendly and observant and interested and you will like most intrepid sensitive travellers will come across experiences that make life and travel worthwhile!
Here we got invited to have a go at cutting wheat - my friend was keen and had an enjoyable experience.
Written Jan 11, 2007