Moroccan Moments

The Travellers Guide to Morocco

The Dadés Valley- Valley of the Figs.

The High Atlas Mountains
The Draa Valley
The Ourika Valley
The Dadés Valley
Moulay Idriss
The Rif Mountains

Map of the Dadés Valley, Morocco

The Dadés river flows south and west from the central High Atlas mountains, to end at the Barrage el Mansour Eddahbi, a man-made lake nearly 20Km long, just east of Ouarzazate.

A good road follows the Dedes valley east from Ouarzazate to Boumaine, with the High Atlas to the north and desert hills to the south. From here the better road continues east while a smaller road follows the river north into the Dades gorge.
The landscape is unusual, with the red colour of the rock, some of which has been eroded into fins, giving a particularly wild look but with oases, watered by river water, where crops are grown.

The Berbers built a large number of Kasbahs (fortified buildings) along this valley to protect themselves from invaders.

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