cooler when its too hot everywhere, an array of colours in the hills, berber villagers and villages amongst the picturesque countryside,quiet and remote but what you need to enjoy yourself is...
A shame that the kasbah is being allowed to fall into ruin
Well worth the trip out of the way.
The area between Anmiter and Tamdaght or Ait Benhaddou is known as the Ounila valley - the Ounila river runs through it - though I have seen some guide books refer to it as Paradise valley - the locals dont seeml to call it this though.This road was originally the road that the Glaoui rulers kept rule over as it was part of the caravan routes down...more
Before the 'modern' palace was built in the 1900's where the Glaoui pashas lived there was an even older palace built in the late 1700's - remains of which are still on the grounds and make for an interesting roam around. Locals live, play and work right closeby - descendants of the slaves and workers that were bound up in the daily requirements of...more
As you wander about the ruins are the exciting little telltale signs of the beauty and grandeur that was here before us - going and gone - the huge cracks that seem to have appeared in the main entrance building of the remaining buildings that can still be entered of the newer palace bring home that 2 or 3 years ago my connections living in Telouet...more
The village off the main road that runs through Telouet is the original village of Telouet. Its a fascinating old village with narrow streets and pathways making their ways in and around the mudbrick houses often closely linked or built on top of one another - with interesting doors and doors and windows placed to maintain privacy in the lives of...more
This is probably the most photographed view from the Kasbah! A shot of Telouet and its mosque framed by the ornate filigree metal window frame. Surrounding the alcove are more examples of typical tiles, but I'm afraid that my photo is too dark to show these clearly.The iron grille work is a common feature of the older palaces - from the days of the...more
From my picture You can see how the Kasbah is deteriorating, with some idea of how it might have looked. Above the arch are remnants of a green tiles, green being an important colour in Islam - Many of the important Mosques around the world have green tiles in their decoration.You can also see how this structure is made - mud bricks, covered with...more
We visited this Kasbah after leaving Ait Benhaddou, on the way to our overnight destination of Tighza. To be honest I was getting a bit 'kasbah-ed out'!The previous night we'd stayed at Ait Benhaddou (although strictly speaking this is a ksar!), prior to this I'd visited a few kasbahs in the Valley of A Thousand Kasbahs, plus the Glaouis other well...more
Eventually the carpets had been chosen, haggled over and a price agreed. So we left the carpet shop (We'd return again the next day on our way back from Tighza for those who'd purchased carpets, to collect them). Setting off later than planned - we still had an hours walk to the Gite from the car park, and we had to load the mules with our...more
I'm afraid that I didn't get much of a look around this town, apart from a couple of snatched views as our mini bus turned around. If I'd known how long we were going to be waiting for those in our party who wanted to buy carpets, I'd have wandered down for a look around I'm afraid that this is one of the bugbears of being on an organised tour - a...more
Opposite the Kasbah, I noticed this small building with a teracotta and green tiled roof, there didn't appear to be any windows. Our guide informed us that it was a tomb for a saint. Now that's as much as I know- he wasn't able to tell us who the saint was, and why they were buried there.Anyone else know?more
Such a beautiful spot seated on the side of a fertile valley, in the fresh air up in the mountains and usually with an array almost like a banquet for breakfast. Usual bread with fromage and honey or apricot jam, with freshly squeezed orange juice and if youre lucky as we were then you might get to try some freshly made poppyseed cake and a...more
Right in the centre of Telouet - friendly Mohammed and his staff - will wait on you and feed you in keeping with the cultural experience that you are after at very reasonable price. Good local menu and good place to try Berber omelette so if you are in a hurry to keep seeing the sights such as the Gloui palace and valley scenes up further you can...more
On a clear night - especially about 2- 4 in the morning when the moon is up - the night sky is fantastic!! on a par with the desert sky at night! but may be even better as Telouet is so high and the added bonus of being fairly remote, you are probably as close as you are going to get other than on some climbing trip up eg Toubkal.
whether you are up on someones roof top or out camping enjoy it! its beautiful.
Dress Code: options are all yours!
can be chilly so you might want extra or you might be enjoying the great outdoors in the nude - in the privacy away from the locals of course.
local bus leaves each day about 2.30 pm from marrakech near the grande taxi station, the place is actually marked in the lonely planet guide books map of Marrakech.
Arrives in Telouet 6.30 pm, stops along the way at Taddert. Very nice route but i would suggest sitting on the left side of the bus to see the sights towards telouet or if heading back to marrakech on the daily 6.30 am bus then sit on the right side of the bus - though either side going down tizintichka mountain pass are scenic.
The bus does finish at and commence again the next morning from Anmiter, a village at the end of the tar seal about 12 kms further on from Telouet. scenic there too with a couple of auberges to stay at. but stay a couple of days at telouet and you can enjoy the walk between and around the villages and catch one of the fairly frequent minibuses back.
APPARENTLY JUST RECENTLY THE DEPARTURE TIME FROM MARRKAKECH HAS CHANGED AND THE BUS LEAVES EARLIER AT 1.30PM OR IT MIGHT BE 1PM AND THE BUS FROM ANMITER AND TELOUET IVE SEEN IT GO PAST TELOUET AT 630 AM SO IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO USE THESE BUS SERVICES THEN ARRIVE EARLIER OR CLARIFY DEPARTURE TIMES FOR SURE.
Whatever you do and where every you go in Morocco you will probably feel plagued by carpet shops and their touts - but they are lovely items to take home and have as your own personalised souvenir. There is such an array of choice - colours, textures, styles and stories.And one of the best places i reckon to find out about them is visiting Abdoul's...more
We stopped here after visiting the kasbah, Apparently some of our party had requested a visit to a carpet shop!!! I braced myself - I've perfected my "I'm not buying a carpet Thank-You" skills after years of travelling around Turkey. Whilst working as a Holiday Rep there, I sat through numerous 'carpet demonstrations' However, I still enjoy...more
On Thursdays villagers from miles around come into town for the busy souk held in its souk space behind the main street - can be quite a colourful affair with the berber ladies in their multi coloured clothing, the colours of the textiles for sale, the fruit and vegetables, the array of animals in the 'donkey' park with colourful saddle blankets...more
wonderful book providing loads of fascinating information and insight not only into the Glaoui family who lorded over the area but the culture and happenings that effected the southern areas of Morocco and its peoples during the period that the Glaoui were in rule because they were in league with the French in power until exiled when Hassan was let...more
You will see stork nests on most high places - adding a bit of interest to your visit! Id not seen them in the wild until I first visited Morocco - and have seen them over many parts of Morocco and southern Spain.You will see huge nests around Marrakech - particularly in the medina and at Palace el-Badi, and at Kasbah Taourirt in Ouarzazate, and...more
What you will see a lot in Morocco are the ways in which the people and communities, especially out in the country away from all the mod cons and money in the cities, are still living traditionally and selfsufficiently.For a lot of people who still may be having to survive on incomes of only 50 dirham a day - this may mean living in a simple mud...more
Ive since been told that recently there have been some locals, starting up small shops in town to go into business and in league with other businesses around town, who taking opportunity of being at the entrance to town where tourists tend to stop and ask for directions have been telling them that whichever business they are looking for, if its not...more
The kasbah is deteriorating - it was abandoned in 1953 when the families of the last Glaoui pasha were exiled on his death as the King had reclaimed his throne from the departing French.The palace was contstantly being worked on when the rulers so lovingly maintained the opulence here that they wished - but little has been done since then - and...more
i strongly recommend visiting this town and lovely surrounds but a word of warning - all the local businesses will have their representative touts waiting for you to direct you to whatever services they have to offer - this can be a bit disconcerting - and as i have seen, the mob from the Telouet Auberge are particularly the worst - i was asked to...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Storks - Ive seen these amazing big birds flying around the skies above Telouet and nesting in big bird nests with pretty much all high spots taken!
I first saw the amazing look of a stork in flight when driving along the plains heading south after leaving Azrou - and then with great fascination seeing storks so often in Telouet at the kasbah next door, and the stork family in the gigantic nest on top of the Taourirt Kasbah at Ouarzazate and up on their high perches in Marrakech and also across the Gibraltar straits in Spain with nests on top of many of the telegraph poles near Algeciras.
Fondest memory: Of course when seeing the storks come landing in at a field near you and watching them walking around is rather exciting for the chance of closup photo opportunities! Doesnt always happen though - they seem to walk away rather quickly and startle quite easily so they either fly off or walk hurriedly away.
But a great view can be had from the roof of the kasbah which gets you pretty close to the nests on the nearby roofs. Once this last accessible part of the kasbah is no longer accessible than that will be another loss - one less birds eye view.