Tafraoute and the Ameln Valley

Located 1200 m up in a rocky Anti-Atlas amphitheatre near the Ameln Valley, Tafraoute is a rewarding town for climbers, walkers, mountain bikers and those who just want to chill in a spectacular mountain setting. Winter and early spring are good times to visit, when the almond trees are in blossom (usually late January and early February) and the pink and ochre boulders contrast with the sharp green of the early barley and palms in the small oases. (To be part of the colour scheme, even the village houses are painted pink.) There are rewarding (and easily organized) excursions to see canyons and prehistoric art, but it's the rocks that dominate - strangely beautiful and often awesomely large, they were shaped in the distant past to look like enormous Henry Moore sculptures.

This is edited copy from Footprint Handbooks. For comprehensive details (incl address, tel no, directions, opening times and prices) please refer to book or individual chapter PDF
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