"Tafroute" Tafraoute by geoveo
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It takes some getting there but however you approach Tafroute you won't be disappointed, every road cuts through spectacular landscapes. It's a beautiful, friendly place with plenty of stunning places to visit within the area.
We left Taroudannt and drove to Tioute along a fairly flat boring road. Tioute is a rambling village in an Oasis with a now empty Kasbah (empty except for a restaurant). We didn't think it worth a special journey. Returning to the road to Igherm we started to climb into the Anti Atlas and the drive became much more interesting. The road is good although narrow in places but it presented no problem even though we were driving in a small Fiat, there was not much traffic. We reach Igherm which seemed to be a typical remote mountain town with little attraction other than a place to have a lunch break. The road divides at Igherm; continuing south east to Tata but we turned south west towards Tafroute. This road is spectacular. It rises and falls over numerous cols into a series of distinctly different valleys. There's a photo opportunity around almost every bend. The landscape is breathtaking especially when the road reaches the curtain walling cliffs of the Ameln valley. The road was a little broken-up at this point but not a problem for our little car. This road from Igherm to Tafroute was a highlight of our tour.
I had stayed in Tafroute many years ago in a winter month in a hotel with no heating and remember it being very cold, so we book a couple of nights at the Hotel Les Amandiers in advance. This is a good hotel in a good location above the town but it was November and it appeared that there were no other guests, it felt very lonely just the two of us rattling around in this huge place. The room however was large and warm with a good view over the town. Next day we went to Aguard Oudad for the obligatory photo of Le Chapeau de Napoleon. Then tried to follow the Rough Guide’s map to the painted rocks. It was hopeless and we went of in the entirely wrong direction, aided by directions from some local boys who obviously take delight in sending visitors on a long rambling wild goose chase. So we decided to drive to the gorges and palmery at Ait Mansour. This is another spectacular drive through staggering mountain passes and valleys. If you decide to drive this way note that the road becomes track impossible for cars at the village of Tiourri, there is no alternative but to turn back. When returned back to the main Tiznit – Tafroute we found the road entrance to the painted rocks, so we did finally get there.
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