Rose Valleys and Kasbahs
Today you’ll travel through the valley of a thousand Kasbahs. The Dades valley stretches out between the peaks of the High Atlas and the Jbel Sarhro mountain range and is a prominent oasis valley. Here, traditionally, the people lived in small Kasbah settlements scattered across the fertile river plain. Many of these Kasbahs are now deserted, but some are still inhabited and maintained in perfect condition.
You will come to Kalaat M’gouna, which means means Valley of the Roses and the city itself is named after the nearby Mount Mgoun.
In the late spring months, the city is literally covered in roses. A pink carpet as far as the eye can see dots the otherwise brown landscape. It is believed that pilgrims who arrived in Morocco from Saudi Arabia in the 10th century brought the variety of roses that are grown in this region, and they continue to play a part in the city’s culture today.
After that, we go off-road and into the Atlas and the M’goun Mountains, where you can glimpse some of the best views along hidden livestock tracks, to the ancient rust-red and crumbling Kasbahs & Ksour that line the valley of Dades.
Another essential stop is the natural rock formations known as Monkey Toes before you head to your accommodation, where after a cup of mint tea at your hotel you have the option of hiking the beautiful canyons of the Dades gorges.
A Riad at the Dades Gorges