tamdaght moroccoBetween Marrakech and Ouarzazate is the small village of Tamdaght, a tranquil spot for relaxation and laid-back explorations. With the Atlas Mountains as a backdrop, this area, filled with almond tree groves, has pretty vistas that can be enjoyed on hikes. Camel treks and 4×4 tours allow visitors to more fully experience the landscape, but even easy strolls around a the palm trees let visitors enjoy the setting.

Tamdaght’s main attraction is its kasbah ruins, which are still unspoiled from mass tourism. Self-guided visits to the old kasbah give insight into the region’s history. Bird watchers will be especially interested in the huge storks’ nests that perch on the kasbah walls. Cliffs around Tamdaght reveal even more historical information, as cave dwellings still dot their sides.

About 4 km away, UNESCO World Heritage Site Ait Ben Haddou is a fortified city with similarly crumbling kasbahs. Ait Ben Haddou was once an important caravan stop between Marrakech and the desert, and it is still a pleasant place to stop during travels. The city’s way of life has prevailed for centuries, making it a fantastic place to learn a bit about Morocco’s traditions. Because of its authentic feel, the site has been used as a backdrop for many Hollywood movies, such as The Mummy and Gladiator.

Except for a few rambles among historical sites, Tamdaght does not inspire packed itineraries. Visitors to the village like it that way. Hassle-free lazy days, perhaps spent around a pool or walking among almond trees, are a welcome diversion from the crowds in Marrakech and Ouarzazate.

Written by Brinda Gupta.

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