"Beautiful Imilchil in the middle of the High-Atlas" Imilchil by angiebabe

Imilchil Travel Guide: 8 reviews and 58 photos

Famous for the Marriage festival and huge souk

Every year theres a huge 3 day weekend affair centred around local women and men meeting together and women get to do the choosing of marriage partners!! Lots of berber entertainment with singing and dancing its a great time to see the range of music and the costumes - the government has since got involved with financial involvement for this - a representative always attends.

Its held on a huge site about 20 km from Imilchil and along with the Marriage formalities for couples involved is a huge souk bringing hundreds or thousands of Moroccans from the locality and from miles away - all over Morocco actually.

For years its been at the end of August but last year, 2009, because of Ramadan it was held afterwards in September - this year with Ramadan on from mid August, again it will be not be held until afterwards.

The tourist office at Er Rachidia have not confirmed the date but say it is most likely to be the last week of September 2010 - Ive since been back to Imilchil for the festival - 23-25 September and it was as huge as ever - got onto an excellent place to stay so heres a new tip for there and lots of photos to start putting on here and show you the lovely area that it is.
There is bitumen now all the way from Tinerhr which is a fantastic advance forward!!

See the special look of the Imilchil berber ladies

Imilchil berber ladies in their very distinct Imilchil costumes and makeup - very beautiful women the Imilchil tribe produce!

Imilchil lake and scenery around the area

There are 2 lakes here - the closest Lake Tislit which is out of town on the road to El Ksiba - turn down a side road - then a long further on that same side road right at the end is the 2nd lake Iseli. There is a hotel here at Lake Tislit but also opportunities, as we did when we were there in summer for the marriage festival, and others when we were there, to camp beside the lake.

Several roads accessing Imilchil are piste roads and we drove a few of them to get in and out of Imilchil with various trips there - very scenic and very beautiful area - an area I would love to visit in winter when theres more snow around!

The main road up from Tinerhr is all bitumen/asphalt now which is a huge improvement - makes the whole area so much more accessible and less time consuming to get there - takes about an hour and a half from Tinerhr depending on how many stops or slow downs for photos along the way!.....as its very photogenic along the whole route.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A beautiful area
  • Cons:when we there accommodation quite limited - offpeak in winter we were fine in the one hotel - and in summer we camped in a tent - also fine - but busy times such as marriage fest may prove difficult!
  • Last visit to Imilchil: Sep 2012
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • glabah's Profile Photo
    Jul 26, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    Wonderful collection of photos you made of this. Such an interesting custom.

    • glabah's Profile Photo
      Jul 26, 2013 at 9:11 PM

      It's VT! If we had enough time to edit all of our pages to the point where we were satisfied with them, probably none of us would have the time to travel!

    • angiebabe's Profile Photo
      Jul 27, 2013 at 7:37 PM

      absolutely! and I have been saying the same thing for the past 9 years of being a member lol!

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Jul 15, 2009 at 1:08 PM

    I got a view of it on TV and thought would look up your site. I will view around the area for pics/comments

  • gilabrand's Profile Photo
    Jan 18, 2009 at 10:34 PM

    I take it "swimmers" means bathing suit. I'll have to add that to my British English tip...LOL

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    May 18, 2008 at 2:10 PM

    Haha, I know how difficult it is to find enough time to scan older photos!

  • Jenniflower's Profile Photo
    Jan 13, 2008 at 12:07 PM

    pics sweets! ;)

  • ATLC's Profile Photo
    Sep 25, 2007 at 3:14 AM

    So, have you got that scanner yet? :-)

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Jan 24, 2006 at 7:53 AM

    sorry no photos yet and i have mobs of excellent ones - getting a scanner soon!

  • Nazha's Profile Photo
    Jan 24, 2006 at 7:51 AM

    nice, but I do miss photos. good luck

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