Route of Charles de Foucauld
Trip from Agadir: 5 hours
70 kilometers northeast of Tata, the oases of Tissint (29.899619, -7.320537) and Akka N’ait Sidi (29.911328, -7.331422), both located at the foot of Jbel Bani, will be very practical steps before attacking the Crossing of Iriki National Park.
Besides the beauty of the landscapes of these oases and of Jbel Bani, the village of Tissint is also famous for its salt water cascades (29.903051, -7.314031) where you have a dip and cool off. Do not hesitate to visit the old village where the geographer / explorer Charles de Foucauld stayed while exploring Morocco. His work and records of information during his journey where he disguised himself as a Jew, earned him the gold medal from the Geographical Society for his book “Reconnaissance au Maroc” published in 1888.
Someone will guide you to the house where he stayed (about 400 meters downstream from the spring). Little maintained, it is, at the same time, a testimony of this period and will lead you into the alleys of the medina, sheltered from the sun. The walk is very pleasant. The return can be done along the water point.
How to get there:
From Agadir, head in the direction of Taroudant and Taliouine via the N10 road then on towards Akka Ighane (29.838782, -7.499735) via the P1743. In Akka Ighane, continue on the P1743 road to join the N12 further ahead. Before catching up with the N12, there is the possibility of visiting the magnificent fortified villages of Tissekmoudine (29.963018, -7.551340) and Agadir Aserghine (29.948410, -7.565535). At the junction with the N12, turn left towards Tissint.