Tafraoute is a haven of peace
Journey from Agadir: 1 hour 25 mins / 85 km
Main city of the Anti-Atlas, Tafraoute is a mixture of houses in pink colors and small shopping streets set in a breathtaking landscape. Villages and palm groves dot the Ammeln Valley, and the colors of the high mountains blaze at dawn and dusk. With all its charm, Tafraoute is an ideal base for multiple activities, including hiking, mountain biking and paragliding. The peak day in Tafraoute is Wednesday, Souk day (GPS point: 29.720698, -8.972851).
In the center of Tafraoute, you will find a very pleasant little market with renovated alleys, on the hill dominated by the minaret. Craftsmen in their shops offer antiques, rugs and crafts (including the famous multicolored round-toed slippers). The women wear their magnificent traditional clothes hemmed with braids.
The city is a symbol of rest and tranquility. You can find some unique events there throughout the year:
- The Almond Festival which takes place in February of each year.
- The Anarouz Film and Mountain Festival, it takes place once a year during the spring.
- The Tifaouine Festival of songs and music, it takes place once a year, in summer.
Far from the coast and well sheltered by the mountain range, Tafraoute experiences a hot and dry climate in summer, and it can be very cold in winter. In February, the valley and the plateaus are covered with almond trees in bloom, and offer a fabulous landscape! The months of September to May are the best months for hiking around Tafraout.
The paths leading to the village of Ammeln or to Aguerd Oudad (painted rocks ) allow you to take unforgettable walks.
How to get there:
Tafraout is located about 150 kilometers southeast of Agadir, a hundred kilometers south of Taroudant and east of Tiznit. In Agadir, just take the N10 to the R105 towards Biougra – Ait Baha- Tafraoute. If you do not a have a vehicle, you can opt for collective taxis or for buses, which will allow you to reach Agadir (3-4 hours) or Tiznit (2-3 hours). From Marrakech, count on at least 8 hours of road.