Although it is a bit off the beaten path, its where the soul of Morocco is strong and vibrant. There are some great things to do in South Morocco. Read on to learn what this uniquely beautiful area of Morocco has to offer!
Things to Do in South Morocco – Rose Valley, Todgha Gorge, Tinejdad, Erfoud
If you are vacationing in Marrakech, Morocco, there is an amazing amount of things to see and do. But another great thing about Marrakech is the close proximity to many other Moroccan locations. And one such area is South Morocco – from Rose Valley to the city of Erfoud.
Located between six and eight hours away from Marrakech, the 130 miles between Rose Valley and Erfoud is geographically diverse and rich in beauty. This area of Morocco is lovely any time of year. But the best time to visit the area is between October and April if you want to catch one of the two annual festivals – the Festival of Roses or the Erfoud Date Festival.
No matter when you visit, be sure to bring your love of nature. One of the best things to do in South Morocco is to enjoy the beauty of the world around you!
Located in the Dades Valley, the town of Kalaat M’gouna nestles near Mount Mgoun, the peak the town is named for. Kalaat M’gouna translates to Valley of the Roses and if you visit in the springtime, you can easily see why. From April to May, the beautiful and ancient Rosa Damascena – the Rose of Damascus – grows abundantly.
Brought to Morocco from Saudi Arabia, the Rose of Damascus is famous for its intense, beautiful scent. Each spring, the abundant roses are harvested for their petals. Tons of petals are used to make rose water, perfume, oil, soap, and more, making the roses a crucial part of the local economy. And at the end of harvest is the annual Rose Festival.
There is no set date for the Rose Festival each year, as it depends on the harvest. But it is generally held in the first week of May. It is an amazing event to attend if you are in Morocco at that time. The happy festival is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy local musicians and scrumptious foods. And everywhere you look, you will see roses and the products made from them.
If contemplating a springtime trip to Kalaat M’gouna, there are some great tours of Southern Morocco available. Lodgings are also available in town, for travelers who want to stay a while!
A place of breathtaking beauty in Southern Morocco, the Todgha Gorge is a must-see for hikers and anyone wanting to get back to nature. Created by the flow of the Todra River, the Gorge is located near the city of Tinerher. The journey into the Gorge includes views of exotic palm groves filled with abandoned ksars – or “Berber Castles”. The area is dotted with cozy Berber villages, too. Soon, the road narrows, the cliffs rise, and views of stunning beauty abound.
For those who like to relax, visiting the Todgha Gorge is one of the best things to do in South Morocco. There are hotels and places to eat in the area, offering great opportunities to just sit back and watch the world go by. For travelers who enjoy more physical excursions, the Gorge is a beautiful place to walk and hike along one of the many trails. Rock climbers will find the sheer cliffs to be enticing and there are climbing tours and equipment available for rent. Photographers will find no lack of beautiful view to choose from.
The Todgha Gorge is a great place to explore on your own. Or book a tour so you can just relax and enjoy the experience!
About thirty minutes to the east of the city of Tineher, Tinejdad is a city with an Old World feel. This lovely oasis is a place of peace and tranquility between the high Atlas mountains and the Sahara desert. Filled with homes and business reflecting the beauty of Berber architecture and a peaceful palm grove, there are some nice places to stay for people who want to spend a little time in the area.
Even if you are only in Tinejdad for the day, be sure to visit the Musee Lalla Mimouna – the “Museum of Sacred Springs”. This open-air museum is privately owned and a unique opportunity to see some beautiful artifacts. Learn about the area and the previously abandoned spring that the museum is named for.
The other great museum in Tinejdad is The Oasis Museum.
Located in an ancient ksar – a Berber castle” – this museum has much to teach about the history of Berber life in the area. Learn about their agriculture, weaving, food, weapons, and religious beliefs. You can also learn all about Berber architecture techniques and how they defended themselves. Don’t let the relatively small size fool you. This wonderful museum – and the city of Tinejdad – have a lot to offer.
The small Saharan Desert town of Erfoud is 53 miles Southeast of Tinejdad. This town was once populated by only a few people. But thanks to a robust tourist industry, there are now a number of hotels and restaurants to enjoy. There is also a great souk to explore, where you can find handcrafted items, fresh produce, and more.
Still, most visitors to the town of Erfoud are ultimately there for the desert. Erfoud is one of the last stops on the way to Merzouga and the beautiful Sand dunes beyond. There are several options for Saharan desert tours in the local area of Erfoud, as well.
The town is also known as the location of over one million date palms. And if you happen to be in the area in October, you may just be there in time for the annual Date Festival. There is no exact date for the festival, as it is based on the date harvest. But it is definitely one of the best things to do in south Morocco. Visitors will enjoy the music, sporting events, parade, and other activities going on during the three days of the festival. It’s also a wonderful opportunity to find some great souvenirs for the folks back home.
There are some great experiences waiting for you in Southern Morocco. To make the most of the experience, consider taking a tour. We’d love to hear from you and help you plan a custom tour to make sure you don’t miss out on any of the things to do in South Morocco!