The Route of a Thousand Kasbahs, also known as the Route of the Fortresses, is one of the major tourist attractions for all those who want to know Morocco in depth. Following the itinerary you will reach a multitude of cities, some better known to most people and others less, which allow you to discover exotic paradises and the lifestyle of the Berber people. Let’s go deeper into this trip.
What are the Kasbahs
The Kasbahs may sound like a strange and little-known concept but it is not at all like that. In fact, in Spain you can find some examples of this type of construction that are still preserved today. The clearest example is undoubtedly the Alcazaba in Malaga, but there are others in Almeria, Granada or Merida, for example.
In short, it is a fortified construction, that is to say, a fortress of an urban nature that served as the residence of the governor of a certain region and that also served to defend the place. For this reason, its interior used to house a small military quarter that constituted a citadel.
The Route of the Thousand Kasbahs
The Route of the Thousand Kasbahs starts in the city of Ouarzazate, which will also serve to put an end to the visits to these monuments of Berber art built in adobe and decorated with geometric motifs.
In Ouarzazate is the Kasbah Taourirt and only about 30 kilometers to the northwest is the Ksar of Ait Ben Haddou, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987 and should not be missed on the route through the Kasbahs.
This Ksar has been the scene of many famous films such as “Lawrence of Arabia in 1962”, “Jesus of Nazareth in 1977”, “The Jewel of the Nile in 1985″, “The Mummy in 1999” and “Gladiator in 2000”.
Once the visit to the Ksar of Aït Ben Haddou is over, the ideal is to head southwest, specifically to the citadel of Agdz which is located on the Draa valley. The spectacular oasis of almost 200 kilometers long connects with the city of M’Hamid in which, in addition to enjoying various Kasbahs, you can discover some Ksour, high walls that hide inside some fortified villages.
The next mandatory stop is in the Dades Valley or Valley of the 1000 Kasbahs. There is N’Kob, a town with up to 52 kasbahs and a beautiful palm grove. To the east is Erfoud, a place known for the abundance and quality of dates. Later, from Tinghir, you can enjoy the Todra Gorges with walls that rise to 300 meters. Boulmane and its Kasbah Tizzarouine is another one not to be missed.
The Valley of the Roses, known for the rose water production that takes place there, is the last visit of the Route of the Thousand Kasbahs before returning to Ouarzazate. Here is located Kelaât M’Gouna and Skoura, cities that have many Kasbahs surrounded by palm trees that form an incomparable landscape.
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