NATURE AND RESERVES
Honey road from aourir to imouzzer idaoutanan
Located at about 70 km north from Agadir, Immouzer IdaOutanane is a small picturesque village, perched at 1250 meters above the hills of the High Atlas. An exceptional beautiful region dotted with a large valley surrounded by spectacular falls. Famous for its spicy honey, the village commemorates the yearly honey festival in August. This region is also known for its mountain palm trees, the natural cascades and pools, and the beauty of its oleander fields
The argan tree is typical to Souss Massa valley. It produces a walnut from which we extract oil with numerous virtues. Famous as well for its honey, the region overflows with many trees and plants including thyme, euphorbia, carob tree, thistle and cedar. Several fruit trees grow in Souss Massa valley: the date palm, the olive tree, the pomegranate tree, the almond tree, the fig tree and the Barbary fig tree.
the Souss Massa national park
Covering an area of 33800 hectares in to the south of Agadir, this park is characterized with a considerable biological and ecological diversity. It includes more than 300 plant species, amongst which is the argan tree. The mammalian group lists about 24 species, such as the fox, jackal, hare, roe deer, and porcupine… The park also boasts 250 bird species, such as the northern bald ibis, which has the most important flock in the world. Other species, such as ostriches with red necks, offer a colorful spectacle.
Tafraout is a small city in the middle of the AntiAtlas valley, located at about 180 km southeast from Agadir, in the province of Tiznit. Perched at 1200 meters, this pleasant little city known for its colorful scenery, offers grandiose landscapes. Its myriad of pink granite rocks in strange-looking shapes makes it stunning. The effect is especially striking in Ameln valley at the foot of Jbel Lkest, where colored villages are nestled within lavish vegetation: almond and olive trees, date palms, argan and carob trees… In spring, the valley of Tafraout offers a magnificent sight with the flowering of almond trees.
TALIOUINE—the land of safran
Taliouine city is an ideal place to stop. It’s a pretty small berber town known for discovery and contemplation. You’ll enjoy the contrasting landscapes, the jealously preserved fields of saffron, and the warm hospitality of its berber inhabitants
SPORT AND ADVANTURES
Climbing, Cycling, Hiking, Horse-riding, Camel-riding, Quad-biking, Jet ski, Flyboarding and more...
HISTORY AND HERITAGE
Taroudannt a medieval city
Taroudannt Situated between the Souss Valley and the High Atlas Mountains, Taroudannt is a land of history. It is an ancient Saâdian capital of the 16th century, which makes it a city of heritage and character. You’ll be fascinated by its majestic ramparts, by its handicrafts - painted wood, berber jewelry …, and by its berber way of living. This timeless city offers you a unique feeling of peace and tranquility
Land of Igoudars
“Igoudars” is the plural form of the word “Agadir”, which means “attic” in berber. They offer a peak into the flourishing past from the 17th century. These sites still exist today and are well worth a visit. In the villages, these fortified collective attics are used to store food, such as cereals, honey and oil, all conserved in earthenware jars. They are mainly concentrated in Chtouka Aït Baha and Tiznit provinces.
The region Souss Massa is unique with its rich handcrafts, reflecting its cultural heritage and identity. People are always fascinated by the skill and intelligence of men and women‘s handcrafted work and creativity, such as jewelry, “babouches” (local traditional shoes/slippers), pottery, wickerwork, carpets, or sculpture. These traditional and beautiful crafts come from ancestral traditions that are definitely transmitted from generation to generation.
No matter where you are in this country, you’ll find great regional food. You will have the opportunity to discover a local, traditional and sweet-smelling cuisine based on aromatic plants. You can taste couscous with seven fresh vegetables, and some fish or meat tajines flavored with argan or olive oil. Some other culinary specialties deserve to be tasted, as wheat flour and corn based soup surrounded by oasis fruits, the dates. And above all, you must taste the local specialty based on smashed almonds mixed with honey and argan oil: the delightful Amlou.
the villagers have a great cultural identity. Their way of life and culture reflect a strong attachment to their land and traditions. Walking through some villages, you will discover some new traditional farming practices, as the use of traditional olive presses, argan oil extraction methods, and water clocks which is still used to provide the rights to water
Living by the rhythm of the seasons
During some cultural events, such as festivals and «Moussems», you will have the opportunity to appreciate a secular culture expressing human life across space and time. This culture is conveyed through different ways of expression: songs in Amazigh, typical Ahwach dancing, and berber music that refer to love, nature and old tales
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