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While the centre of Tinerhir is made into a typical modern Moroccan town, the villages around the oases have retained traditions and old life styles. The odd satellite dish could destruct your feeling of travelling in time, but in most cases, the houses as well as the systems of irrigation and agriculture remain unchanged over the last century.
Houses are made mainly from mud, and often by the owner himself. The only elements that cannot be made on the spot are the iron windows and doors, but they are often just transported from the town centre.
The paleness of the houses are in a stark contrast to the freshness of the vegetation and the shifting colours of the surrounding mountains through the day.
The agriculture is organized so that date palms grow on the edge, olives, pomegranates, almonds and fruits further in, together with grain and vegetables. The oases have traditionally been organized with independent families in each their ksours, a sort of low-scale fortress. Warfare and murder between families were far from uncommon before modern times.
To the east, the Tinerhir oasis lies. It is very much the same as the Todra oasis, but in scenery and architecture. When you arrive in this part of Morocco, at least one of the oases should be on your itinerary, not just the Todra Gorge, which is the main attraction.

There are two oases near Tinerhir. To the north the Todra, which is parallel to the road going to the Todra Gorge, but which must be accessed another road. The views over the oasis valley from the Todra Gorge road are however spectacular, and gives a great impression of the extent of the oasis.

The Todra Gorge is clearly among the most dramatic sights you can get across in Morocco. The cut through the mountain gives at some points only a 10 metre wide passage beneath 300 metre tall walls.
Sun only accesses the bottom of the gorge, where a ice-cold river flushes through, in the morning. Later in the night the gorge gets its own climate, and while evenings are damp and warm in the nearest village, they easily get to be freezing here.
Join us while we walk through the less than 600 metres of the gorge, until we meet the clearing on the other side.

  • Last visit to Tinerhir: Dec 2003
  • Intro Updated Aug 7, 2008
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  • aussirose's Profile Photo
    Jul 9, 2011 at 8:11 PM

    Lovely Joao :o) Looking forward to seeing some of this dramatic landscape! Cheers, Ann.

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Mar 2, 2009 at 12:14 AM

    the Todra and Dades Gorges areas are some of my favourite areas in Morocco. nice todra gorge tip.

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Jan 13, 2006 at 10:56 PM

    Very impressed with the gorge (even though I've never heard of it!)

  • Amelei's Profile Photo
    Mar 7, 2005 at 2:48 PM

    Your morrocan pages are really beautiful and informative. What do you think about safety for 2 single females travelling through morocco?

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