A Fantastic drive out to the Afella Ighir - ie the beautiful gorges of Ait Mansour and then on further along the way the hillside ksar villages of Gdourt, which I had a great adventure visiting following tracks through holes ie falling down buildings...though not necessarily safe but made great photos!!, and Aguerd Imlal - both these ksar villages...more
The road to Tanalt goes from near the far end of the Ameln valley and its signposted turn hares the sign to Anergui but continues on round and heads up over Jebel Kest to the villages and dramatic landscape behind.Very scenic with typical red and pink mudbrick houses and kasbahs, many perched on terraced hillsides and blending in or contrasting...more
In French this interesting rock formation is known as Le Chapeau de Napoleon - Napoleons hat....not nose!1 km and visible from Tafraoute is the town or area's distinctive landmark - most advertising will have this representing Tafraoute as one of many, many interesting or beautiful rock formations or mountains around the area - and they are pretty...more
Visible from Tafraoute is the long stetch of mountain known as Jebel Kest (Jebel means mountain) - with what very clearly looks like the face of a lion in it.This is a picturesque area with a large usually green and fertile valley and many villages along the base of Jebel Kest. A tar seal road runs along the full length and there are many roads...more
Of course this could be better to be in the shopping tip section - but most items special to Tafraoute recommended for purchase are available to buy every day up in the permanent/covered market area.Really the weekly souk that brings people from all over the area into town is a great thing to do and get into the midst and atmosphere of the locals...more
A few kilometres out of Tafraoute is the beautiful and fertile Ammeln valley making up a large area below the long mountain range of Jebel Kest.Along the base and up the lower slopes of Jebel Kest are many villages - many lived in and many in ruins, accessed by roads signposted off the main road that runs right through the valley from north to...more
A lot of almonds grow around the Anti-Atlas so the area around Tafraoute is well known for its beautiful almond blossom season - and in particular the music festival that is generally held to celebrate the blossoms and their forthcoming crop - this is held anytime from mid Feb to the first weekend in March depending on the weather and season. Over...more
30km from Tafraoute is the beautiful gorge of Ait Mansour with majestic orange cliffs towering above palm trees - with often spectacular shapes and formations and sightings of the remains of granaries and watchtowers on top - with river flowing down through providing a cool oasis in otherwise harsh and dry rocky mountainous landscapes.The white or...more
4 storey traditionelle house that was lived in by the same family for about 400 years until about 5 years ago - though recently commnced turning the house into overnight accommodation for tourist guests to hopefully be ready during 2012.....this is in an excellent old mainly uninhabited ancient hilltop village amongst huge boulders - some...more
Have eaten here a few times - my local connections only have certain restaurants around town they trust to eat out - there are several they say to absolutely not go to but for a change this one in the town centre proper they like to come to and so of course do recommend.One advantage is that as this is popular in general with locals for lunch and...more
Somehow this tip was deleted but since then read a review about this restaurant in the Footprints guidebook and was very impressed or humoured to read the writer recommending this restaurant wrote exactly what Id thought and written here! (several years apart though so no correlation!) ....that the saharien speciality dish of Kalia was excellently...more
good local cooks cooking traditional dishes - also cooking dishes such as delicious Kalia from the sahara - any special requests let them know and see what they can do for you - good price - I had 3 course meal for 90 dirham with mint tea included - delicious meal for a good price - I like less salt so let them know any special requestsRecommended...more
This is the most expensive hotel in Tafraoute for acccommodation - its very popular with tour groups as can provide a good number of rooms - also popular on the lunch circuit for more upmarket groups....though for me I would recommend places to eat and stay that are more real people Morocco and better on the budget!
But it could be a nice place to hang out if you are looking for some peace and quiet on a summers day - use the pool, have lunch, have a few drinks and enjoy your day up here....especially if you are female and feeling you need some time out from being the centre of attention at the local cafes or restaurants...though that doesnt really happen at the establishments.....restaurants and cafes i recommend for Tafraoute!
but this place is also up high on a prominent hill in the centre of Tafraoute and has great views which gives it great atmosphere and is particularly nice at sunset and early evening....and it has a bar which makes it very popular with local Moroccans who want to come and have a drink with their mates after work and particularly when theres a football match to watch on the big screen.
There is a seating in the small bar area and also a large lounge area with large comfortable chairs around tables in tasteful decor.
Free access to good speed wifi also and the toilets are always clean.
Being a 4 star hotel for tourist groups there is a small shop selling locally made babouche and a good selection of postcards...in case you are on the look out and need to grab your chance.
Dress Code: Tidy casual or as formal as youd like
On our way from Agadir to Tafraoute we didn't see much traffic.The local people used their donkeys for going around in their area.So we saw a lot of donkeys in the fields, on the sidetracks, but also on the mainroad.So we saw those four women passing by on their donkeys with filled baskets.more
From Agadir we made an one-day-excursion to Tafraoute. We travelled with a small bus. From Agadir we took the eastern route passing Ait Baha to Tafraoute (143 KM).. On the way back we went to Tiznit (107 KM)and from there back to Agadir ( 91 KM).The biggest part of the route leads through the scenic Anti Atlas.From Agadit you can reach Tafraoute...more
Mohammed and Hassan are loaded with information about MOroccan rugs - the history, meanings, cultural value and monetary value of rugs from various tribes and regions around Morocco - including the reputation of rugs made around the Anti-Atlas.Lots of rugs and carpets to choose, newly made from the usual carpet production places in Morocco such as...more
This is another shop selling good quality argane products and worth a look at - in a handy location with easy parking just along the road past Maison du Troc on the road out to Napoleon's Hat ie only a couple of minutes from the first roundabout coming into town or where you get off the bus.Argan oil has been used as a beauty and skin care product...more
These guys make great shoes and slip ons and slippers in a range of styles and colours, different soles, different purposes and for men, women and children.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,..as already written, Tafraoute has a particular traditional shoe for the area and thats leather red and yellow shoes - red for ladies, yellow for...more
I find seeing goats and sheep and their shepherds or shepherdesses around the area quite photogenic and cultural especially as the Berber women are usually in colourful clothing and the men looking interesting.Thousands of Argane trees grow in an enormous area covering the Anti-Atlas through to Tata and Taroudant up to Essaaouira and down to Tiznit...more
Near Tafraoute we visited a local house. The lady of the house welcomed us and in the yard we could watch a working oil press.In this area the local people made oil of olives, but also of argan.The argan tree grows only in the southern part of Morocco. The argan tree is the one the goats like to climb in, because they like eating its leaves.more
This hotel has been advertised in the Lonely Planet for a number of years now as a bargain priced budget hotel - I need to write to them too
- but my friends here in Tafraoute who are locals and regularly meet travellers to Tafraoute, being restauranteurs and carpet shop owners and guides, continue to tell me of frequent complaints from tourists who have stayed at Hotel Tanger of dirty bedrooms and waking up to cockroaches everywhere and enduring serious cases of bed bugs...
One man recently was apparently hospitalised for treatment of his bed bugs.
These locals also regard this place as the dirtiest place in Tafraoute for food so dont eat here for lunch or dinner. Breakfast is fine and have been taken here to eat here for breakfast too.
so be warned dont risk staying or eating here!! - there are plenty of other good value choices around Tafraoute!
Luggage and bags:
Ive not travelled with a rucksack for a number of years - always found my wheelie suitcase is fine for travelling around Morocco - even for the times Ive caught the ferry over from Spain and caught buses from here to there
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: sturdy walking shoes are a good idea for enjoying some hiking around the lovely scenery and rocky terrain here in the Anti-Atlas but it can be fairly warm from late spring so a good pair of sandals is also a good idea and a pair of flip flops/easy slip ons for getting around your hotel, to the bathroom etc especially if you are staying in a budget hotel with communal showers.
Always a good idea to bring layers for potential cold weather - you can put more on when its cooler and take them if its warmer and a light thermal outer is a good idea for any time of the year as even in summer the weather can turn and bring on a cold moment - a light raincoat can be a good idea if you are plaining to be out in the outdoors quite a bit
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen - it gets pretty hot here in the summer months but the sun is pretty strong all year round - to protect your skin you should wear a high factor sunscreen which can be very expensive in pharmacies here in Morocco and unless you are going to be able to get to a supermarket such as Marjane at Agadir before coming to Tafraoute the pharmacies here are pretty much the only places to be able to buy it - so bring it with you is best idea
Photo Equipment: memory cards can be pretty cheap here in Morocco but to save time having to look for them if you run out and also I have been told that some of the memory cards Ive bought here labelled and packaged as San Disk are fakes and have had viruses in them....good idea to take opportunity of faster cards available elsewhere too for lower prices and bring them with you
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Hats are pretty cheap to buy here - ive had them bought for me by locals for 20-50 dirham ie £1.50-£4.00 but if you have a favourite and especially if it travels well it can be a good idea to have one at the ready on arrival
Miscellaneous: a torch or some candles can always be a good back plan. washing powder is cheap to buy in small packets from small stores around Tafraoute. moisturiser cream if youre a daily user but there are a number of shops selling good quality Argane products here that you can pick up a nice pot of argane face cream for 100 dirham and body moisturising cream for 50 dirham. 2 in one shampoo-conditioners are easy to buy in small stores here ior in the argane shops - but the environment here can be rather drying so it can be a good idea to bring your own for better quality. Pharmacies are great here - unless you take a really specialised medication most medications can be bought over the counter after a chat with the pharmacist - they are very knowledgeable and as handy as doctors in times of trouble.
All over Morocco throughout the year there are festivals in celebration of something happening - there are the established remembrance ones for events that are on the annual calendar - such as Throne Day, the Green March day, birth of Prophet Mohammad and so on - then there are special events happening in different areas around Morocco such as the...more
Ammoggar Cafe is a large upstairs terrasse cafe right at the intersection in the Ammeln valley that is officially called Ammeln.You will see a terrace with lots of pots and flowers around it and a double set of stairs - that has a wall of pottery kasbah and Tafraoute style houses on the front - going up from a parking area just before the Chez...more
There are a number of villages around the Tafraoute area - even in what you think is TAfraoute town - up on hills that are worth a visit.When taking routes out of town there will be signposts - usually as large concrete painted blocks with romanised name and in arabic - at the main road roadside with the village name on it....sometimes it might...more
We liked the colours of the area round Tafraout. Not only the colours of the natural landscape, but also of the buildings in the villages.The most Berber villages have nice earth colours in ocre, umber, red and pink and are in perfect harmony with its surroundings.The houses of Tafraoute in the contrary are painted in a red colour. It looks also...more
The area around Tafraoute is nice for walking. The forms of the pink granite rocks are very special. They look sometimes like a series of cascades, geysers solidifying as they fall. One formation looks like a lion and 3KM from Tafraoute is the village of Aguerd-Oudad with the formation known as the Hat of Napoleon. This is also the village where...more