Draa Valley morocco

Draa Valley

November 8, 2017
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The magical Draa Valley that originated in the small village of Agd is a winding wonder of palmeraies, ochre kasbahs, orchards and stunning Berber Villages. The road from Ouarzazate in the desert through the Draa Valley is the most beautiful in all of Morocco. The water of the streams of Ouarzazate and Dades merge and the Oued Draa, the longest river in Morocco,   flows underground and resurfaces in the open air 60 kilometers away. From lush foliage to almost desert canyons the breathtaking landscape is rich and varied and one of startling contrasts.

The Draa Valley is an oasis that stretches majestically over 200 km. The road running parallel to Zagora is lined with palm trees and abundant and varied crops: figs, apricots, small fields of grain, wheat, henna and mint are grown in small plots irrigated by the Draa River.

The kasbah, large buildings to protect the adobe homes from extremes of heat and cold, are surrounded by adjoining houses, forming a village called Ksour. The Ksour Valley features traditional living units made of earth and straw for insulation that are situated high above the fertile soil to conserve precious agricultural land. At night, families and friends gather to spend the evening in a friendly and inviting atmosphere. Among the fifty Kasbah of the valley, do not miss Tamnougalt, the most prominent of the valley.

This vital axis linking the desert with the big cities of Morocco has long been a famous and well-travelled passage. Communal granaries and fortified guard towers along the way remind us that the country was the center of tribal wars that did not stop until recently. The valley is a historical location known as a large and significant trade route and as a passage for caravans coming from the desert.

The Draa crosses through Zagora and continues until Mhamid. There, it disappears into the sands of the desert. The longest river in Morocco, Oued Draa, originates in the High Atlas before reaching the Atlantic just north of Tan Tan a town 25 km from the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean, 380 km south of Agadir.