Tinerhir Things to Do

  • Todra Gorge
    Todra Gorge
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  • Todra Valley
    Todra Valley
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  • Date Palms, Todra Valley
    Date Palms, Todra Valley
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    Gorges du Todra

    by johnsakura Written Jan 18, 2004

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    The Todra Gorge is clearly among the most dramatic sights you can get across in Morocco. The cut through the mountain gives at some points only a 10 metre wide passage beneath 300 metre tall walls.
    Sun only accesses the bottom of the gorge, where a ice-cold river flushes through, in the morning. Later in the night the gorge gets its own climate, and while evenings are damp and warm in the nearest village, they easily get to be freezing here.
    Join us while we walk through the less than 600 metres of the gorge, until we meet the clearing on the other side.

    Half the way through, you realize that even if nature is especially harsh here, tourism has left its lasting traces. At one of the few points where the pebbles along the river gives enough space, a handful of houses has been put up.
    Here you will find restaurants and even a hotel. A great place to pass a night, and definitely different from most hotel experiences.
    This would easily allow you the chance of making a walk through the gorge at the middle of the night. Quite scary and fascinating, I guess.

    It is not easy to capture the awesomeness of the gorge with a camera. What you see when you bend your head all the way back, can not really be captured even with a wide angle lense.
    On this photo, you see the full height at 300 metre. At the time when this photo was made, the sun was setting, and it was getting quite cold.

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    The Mellah

    by mafi_moya Written Feb 12, 2004

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    Old Jewish Quarters (Mellah) are found in most major Moroccan towns. The population is no longer Jewish and no different to the people in other parts of the city, but the areas often remain architecturally distinctive from other areas. In Tinerhir there is a fascinating maze of narrow alleyways, dimly lit tunnels and ramshackle old houses. Everywhere you look there are tiny windows with hidden faces peeking out, and young kids running about the alleyways playing.

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    Baby-making carpets

    by mafi_moya Updated Jul 12, 2004

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    Carpet maker

    Tinerhir is a good place to buy Berber carpets and rugs, and there will be no shortage of people offering to sell you one. Most are very friendly and even if you're not interested in buying they're still happy to tell you all about the carpet making process. Proper Berber rugs are made by hand (only by women) and are all distinctive, the patterns and colours telling a story or providing a meaning. For example, some rugs are particularly good for making babies on, I was told. Even though I was never looking to buy one it was very interesting to hear about how they're made and see all the different designs.

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    Don't miss the Todra Gorge!

    by li-anne Written Oct 8, 2008

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    Beautifully situated. Just follow the narrow road from Tinerhir to the Todra Gorge. After 15 km you'll reach the gorge. The walls of the Atlas mountains rise 300meters high at his narrowest point. A smaal river (todra river) is running through it. Many moroccan family's picknick in the gorge. The stone is pink to yellow and the walls rise high above you. This is one of the highlights if this region.
    The gorge is easily accesible by car or by foot. Stunning sights. After the narrow gorge, the vally becomes wider , and there are intresting Berber villages in the Todra vally.

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    Salt mines in the Atlas Mountains

    by li-anne Written Oct 8, 2008

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    A village or two after Ait Haini the paved road stops, and it becomes as the moroccans say; "piste" That means unpaved road with big holes, big stones and the whole thing.
    After this specific village (ask in the village) you'll have to turn right direction of the mountains. As the road stops, you'll get out of the car and start walking for about 30-40 minuts. You'll pass a waterfall, and some irrigation system. Some young boys will lead you to the salt mines. They can't be missed actually, as you'll see many donkey's coming back from that direction, fully loaded with salt stones.
    You can visit the mines, there are people working with big axes into the walls to remove the salt blocks.
    You won't see much (probably none) other visitors here. No admission, but you can give some dirhams to the young boys or the workers to lead you around.

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    Stunning berber villages at Todra vally

    by li-anne Written Oct 8, 2008

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    We hired a grand taxi (Hassan) with driver to explore the Todra vally. We drove about 50km's into this wide vally, and came through stunning berber villages. First we reached the berber village of Tamtattouche. Further on we reached Ait Haini and some even smaller village we don't even know the name of.
    Many shepherds and cattle in the mountains, and many children waving at you.
    We felt as if we were in mountain villages in Nepal again. People looked diffrent, villages looked diffrent as in the moroccan city's.
    Unique experience

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    The Todra Gorge (part III)

    by amsterdam_vallon Written Feb 29, 2004

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    The Todra Gorge

    What is on the other side, is more or less only what was on the side you came from: A river with normal, red mountains on both sides.

    On this side, you see that the gorge is not just a passing through the mountain. It is also a part of the road between the villages of Tinerhir and the valley of Aït Morrhad, where Tamtattoucht is the first important settlement you come to.

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    Todra Gorge

    by JessieLang Written Jan 17, 2010

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    The Todra Gorge is an easy day trip from Tinerhir, and very scenic. The canyon walls were really steep. We stopped at the Hotel Yasmina for refreshments, and then returned to town. The road goes along for another 45 miles though.

    The date palms and green fields in the Todra Valley contrast with the ochre walls of the buildings.

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    Palm Plantation

    by amsterdam_vallon Written Feb 28, 2004

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    Tinerhir Palm Plantation

    We can walk in the palm plantation of Tineghir while being made accompany. In the countryside the women meet up with again around the standpipes for the wash, which they extend on the prickly peartrees - the spines being used as clothes pins.

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    Palm Plantation (part II)

    by amsterdam_vallon Written Feb 28, 2004

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    Palm Plantation

    Agricultural work in the palm plantation of Tineghir. In the south remain some nomad tribes moving with their herds and inhabitant large brown tents. In the Atlas, a seminomad population is folded back in the villages in winter. As for the townsmen, they balance between the respect of some rites and the occidentalization of their behaviour.

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    The Todra Gorge (part II)

    by amsterdam_vallon Written Feb 29, 2004

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    The Todra Gorge

    Sun only accesses the bottom of the gorge, where a ice-cold river flushes through, in the morning. Later in the night the gorge gets its own climate, and while evenings are damp and warm in the nearest village, they easily get to be freezing here.

    You can walk through the less than 600 metres of the gorge.

    Halfway through, you realize that even if nature is especially harsh here, tourism has left its lasting traces. At one of the few points where the peebles along the river gives enough space, a handful of houses has been put up.

    Here you will find restaurants and even a hotel. A great place to pass a night, and definitely different from most hotel experiences.

    This would easily allow you the chance of making a walk through the gorge at the middle of the night.

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    Gorges du Todra

    by chrisvandenbroucke Written Nov 26, 2004

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    Gorges du Todra

    From Tinerhir, it's best to take Grand Taxi for 6 dirham per person.

    At the entrance of the Gorges (free) you find some stalls to buy food, water but also some restaurants.

    The first few hundreds meters were along some small river but were very crowded. Lots of local come there to picnic and we wanted to go to a quieter place.

    But, after the first bend, there were no more people but no more water also...

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    Gorges du Todra, hot and dry

    by chrisvandenbroucke Written Nov 26, 2004

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    Gorges du Todra, too dry and hot

    After the turning the bend, away from the crowded first few hundred meters, we had to walk on a very dull road and saw ... nothing.

    As said, there was no mre water, the burn was burning and the scenery wasn't that spectacular.

    We had trouble finding some shade to picnic and returned after half an hour.

    Advice: don't do it in august

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    Morocco is full of contrast

    by amsterdam_vallon Written Feb 28, 2004
    Yemeni type House

    You can see some old houses and when you walk inside some plantation see some houses of the Yemeni type in the palm plantation of Tineghir. The first campaign of the Arab conquest would go back to 681, directed by Oqba Ben Nafii.

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    Gorges du Todra, refreshing

    by chrisvandenbroucke Written Nov 26, 2004

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    REfreshing in Gorges du Todra

    After walking in the burning sun, it felt good to cool down in the icy water.

    Too pity there's not enough of it, to take a swim....

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