"Rock (s,and) The Kasbah(s)" El Goumt du Dades by suvanki
El Goumt du Dades Travel Guide: 44 reviews and 191 photos
Although it's taken me quite a while to start adding my tips and pics to this page, I still have happy memories of this part of Morocco, and my day out. So hopefully I'll soon have some useful info for those of you planning a visit here, or something of interest for those who are reminiscing about a previous trip.
I visited this area on a day trip, with a guide.
Leaving Ouarzazate at just after 0900hrs, we headed eastwardly.
The Dades Valley is also known as the Valley of A Thousand Kasbahs, due to the line of many kasbahs that begins just before the next town of Skoura.
The Berber kasbahs are different to kasbahs in other parts of the Islamic world. The non- Berber kasbahs were incorporated into the city walls as part of the housing for the military personnel, later becoming residences for the feudal rulers (when they were made more comfortable, with baths and rooms to receive important guests). They then evolved into status symbols, as Palaces, decorated and furnished in opulent style.
Berber Kasbahs are more austere, again their purpose was a fortification, but instead of being constructed with the city walls, they were separate structures, built by the local 'big wig' to protect his small garrisons.
Made of pise (mud bricks, covered with mud) they are square or rectangular in shape.
The Berber ksar, is often mistakenly referred to as a Kasbah.
A ksar is a fortified village, held within fortified walls, reached through a single entrance and covered alleyway. It is constantly evolving, with expansion when necessary, involving extensions to the wall, with new entrance ways.
- Pros:Stunning scenery!
- Cons:Watch out for sudden bad weather!!
- In a nutshell:One of my favourite days out!!
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