"Beautiful Anmiter" Anmiter by angiebabe

Anmiter Travel Guide: 8 reviews and 44 photos

The beautiful road to Anmiter

Along this road are a diverse range of landscapes and scenes - from huge plateaus looking like bowls scooped out of the landscape, fertile and green wheat fields and animals and people working in them, with berber villages in amongst unusually eroded and shaped rock formations and hills and almost moonlooking terrain and then comes the greens, reds, and pale yellows of the mineral rich earth hills with white salt leaching out into the water table - where there is an old salt mine that provided a modest fortune and power for the early Glaoui rulers in the area, which can still be visited.

Beautiful village at the end of the road

Whenever we wanted to go for a short drive from Telouet or take visitors for a look around we would amongst other choices such as 5 km beautiful road to Tasgha or the road back towards the Ouarzazate-Marrakech turnoff near TiznTichka, we would drive the beautful 12 km road down to Anmiter.
Frequently from there we would head on up to the also very beautiful drive and area to villages beyond and up to the village of Tigzha.

The end of the road and the start of another

For a remote area it is quite a busy road - well it has quite a number of various vehicles spread throughout the day providing transport for the locals around the area from a daily bus service, to vans and grande taxis between the towns and as far away as Amerzgane and connections for services to Marrakech.

You will also see, especially on Wednesdays and Thursdays the paths used by donkeys and mules and pedestrians appear before your eyes busy with local traffic travelling to and from the souks of Telouet and returning to Anmiter and the many villages beyond.

The bitumen/tar sealed road ends at Anmiter and this is as far as normal vehicular traffic go. Except for the manageable piste road that follows to the right of the river up to the beautiful and unusually well preserved village of Anmiter.

(The castellated and fortified houses in this village shows the wealth that was gained 100 years from the tolls and levies charged to travellers along that route.)

Or to the left of Anmiter following to the left of that river a slow piste road that runs high above fertile riversides up to the mountain villages of Tigzha from where walks or donkey rides can be made up to the Tamda lakes.

Or back to Anmiter - from where the bitumen finishes the spectacular 4 wheel drive road to Ait Benhaddou cmmences! This is a spectacular road with the historical Kasbah of Tamdaght that was famous for being able to hold out as the last bastion of berber tribes not submitting to the Glaoui who wanted the levies that TAmdaght was taking from those travelling that routewhich was then the main route from OUarzazate to Marrakech but not letting them pass through. The Glaoui wanted those tolls and they wanted the insubordinates to fall into line so with their cannon back in the early 1900s and a betrayer within the kasbah they overpowered the tribes fighting from Tamdaght and gained total power over the area for many years.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:amazingly beautiful - especially in spring when fruit and almond trees in blossom, skies very blue, snow on the mountains.Multicoloured earth. Colourful clothing, beautiful faces of the berber women - out doing their washing, working the fields etc.
  • Cons:very cold in winter!
  • Last visit to Anmiter: Jun 2012
  • Intro Updated Feb 2, 2014
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  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Sep 9, 2013 at 5:46 AM

    Great page

    • angiebabe's Profile Photo
      Sep 9, 2013 at 5:59 AM

      Thanks very much Jim - one of the many lovely spots around Morocco that make it one of the most beautiful countries ive been to :)

    • angiebabe's Profile Photo
      Sep 9, 2013 at 6:00 AM

      some ratings would have been good though....been so long since Ive had any around my Morocco locations lol

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Nov 16, 2009 at 8:02 PM

    Some very stark desert, but beautiful. Nice page!

  • Herwig1961's Profile Photo
    Feb 1, 2009 at 7:26 AM

    Excellent,detailled infos here!Joy to read!Thank you!

  • Mikebb's Profile Photo
    Jan 2, 2009 at 2:58 PM

    We had a 7 day coach tour Sept'08, but really did not see village life , felt restricted where we could go. Angie, a nice insight to village life.

    • angiebabe's Profile Photo
      Aug 30, 2013 at 11:28 PM

      exactly why ive spent years on VT in the MOrocco forums trying to encourage people how to see the wonders of MOrocco themselves without being restricted. thanks for visiting my page though

  • lynnehamman's Profile Photo
    Nov 18, 2008 at 1:45 PM

    Morocco must feel like 2nd home to you- Excellent pictures good tips too

    • angiebabe's Profile Photo
      Aug 30, 2013 at 11:31 PM

      yes Morocco certainly became 2nd home from London.....but to be pedantic actually Australia was 2nd home, London/Europe was 3rd home and Morocco 4th home. Now Ive at longlast got back to China to make it home for a while which was meant to have been my 3rd home back before the UK and Morocco

  • tiabunna's Profile Photo
    Aug 24, 2008 at 3:06 AM

    Quite spectacular country, isn't it? Very enjoyable page and photos, but I suspect a visit here will have to remain just an 'if only' for me!

  • Luchonda's Profile Photo
    Jun 28, 2008 at 1:18 AM

    Hi Angela - love yr total Morocco page, pictures & comments Greetz from Belgium luc

  • DAO's Profile Photo
    Jun 10, 2008 at 3:33 PM

    Nothing to do with me. Never been a VA. I think you email a pic to one of the organizers.

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    May 18, 2008 at 2:37 PM

    You are right, there are many dirt roads that you can drive with a regular car and do not need a 4x4!

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Apr 5, 2008 at 12:25 PM

    Excellent descriptive tips - must be surreal driving from oasis to desolated desert terrain.

    • angiebabe's Profile Photo
      Aug 30, 2013 at 11:33 PM

      quite surreal to see the beautiful fertile areas in their deep valleys out around really desolate and barren terrain - especially amazing from the daytime flights over Morocco....its an amazing and very beauitful country

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