Palmeraie, close to Todra gorge, relaxing
Long way by bus, but what you get is more!!
If you've been their, you want to go back
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.more
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...more
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,...more
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...more
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 augustmore
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.more
We loved this place! The service was low-key, efficient, and friendly, and although not the cheapest...more
Zone Touristique, Bd Med V, Tinerhir, Morocco
Good for: Solo
BP46, Tinerhir, 45800, Morocco
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Families
Beautifully located, in the heart of the Todra gorge, lies restaurant Les Roches. We went in for lunch, and found it very crowded with tourgroups. The have a small menu, and once you want to order something, you'll find out that there are only 2 or 3 dishes available from the whole list.The food we ordered was OK, and tasty.We did not have a good...more
Wonderful salade brochettes pizza cous-cous tajine, and fruit of the season, they make what you want to eat. You eat in- or out side, or on top of the house. And the family makes music, and if you like they teach you to cook moroccan food. My favourite is Pizza Berbere, and brochette chicken.If you eat here once, you want to come back for more.more
After traveling for weeks in Morocco and enjoying Tajine and Couscous every day one might be a little hungry for something else. I had not expected to find in this little town south of the High Atlas such a good french cuisine. Michele, who is in her sixty's, opened this fine restaurant looking like a french country house. On the first floor she...more
If you want to make a trip from Tinerhir to Merzouga or Hassi Labied, you can call Mohammed.
He had a grand taxi (max 6 people) and does the traject to Merzouga or Hassi Labied if you want to (200km) for 700 dirham.
You can also contact Rachid from Palmeraie House to arrange this transport. (see accomodation tip Tinerhir)
There is a Berber carpet shop in the market area. The carpets were beautiful, but the Tuareg owner was the best part of the visit. He spoke excellent English, and told us stories about camels and caravans. His family owned caravans in the past, but it became too difficult to continue because of border controls, need for passports, etc. Now they own looms and cooperatives, and he travels 4-5 times per year to pick up merchandise.
They brewed tea for us—It was an elaborate process involving bellows to make the fire hotter, and much pouring back and forth. He did a low-key sales pitch as we drank our tea. There were a lot of beautiful carpets, including some interesting ones made from cactus fiber.
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There's a panorama north of Tinherir on the way to the Todra gorge overlooking the palmeries and the villages on the other side of the valley. There are guys dressed in blue posing with camels. They'll invite you to take a photo of them. Then they'll hit you up for money. I saw one hassling an old man who was trying to get back on his tour van and...more
Moroccans are often wary of having their photo taken and this was particularly true in the old town in Tinerhir. The merest sign of a camera was enough to bring angry looks and fierce wagging of fingers, even if it was pointed nowhere near them. Children and old ladies were the most likely to complain but as always it's completely inconsistent -...more
At the village of Boulmane, we turned off to see the Dades Gorge. After going most of the way in the bus, we had to park it and switch to rented 4x4s.
About halfway between Boulmane and the Gorge, we saw a series of caves far from the road that is a family home. The guy has 4 wives, and he raises camels and goats. (If you look carefully at picture #4, he is standing in the mouth of one of the caves.)
HOTELS AND ALTERNATIVESFrom the point where you come to the entrance of the gorge, and even through the gorge, there are a number of charming hotels. None offer much in terms of luxury, but the dramatic nature would make that unnatural. Still, value for money is good, and even when some of the hotels fills up with package tourists, other hotels...more
HOTELS AND ALTERNATIVESConsidering its remoteness, Tinerhir comes with an impressive range of hotels. They cover every standard from basic but proper to near-luxury. Value for money is normal, and there is really not need to book room in advance. All hotels lie in town centre, only the local camping ground is a bit out of town. RESTAURANTS AND...more