The Dadès Gorge Photo Diary
The route of a thousand kasbahs – the Dadès river – leads you through a gorge like no other. Just when you think you’ve seen enough limestone pinnacles and volcanic rock formations for years to follow, a fertile oasis appears around the corner. Palm and orange trees are carefully sprinkled around a majestic mud-brick fortress resembling an oil painting you admired in one of Marrakesh’s art galleries a few days ago. And before you can take it all in, you’re back in a mars-like dreamland made up of all kinds of earthy shades and textures. Don’t forget to focus on the road, however. Its winding curves and steep hills don’t leave much room for jaw-dropping pinch-me moments. Once you made it to the top of the hill, step outside and turn 360 degrees. The landscape, the smells, the heat, the silence – it’s quite something, isn’t it?
Rent a car and self-drive your way across the magentizing Atlas Mountains from Marrakesh (311km) or Demnat (239km). Call it a day in Boumalne du Dadès. With some spare time on your hands, continue on to Todra Gorge. Otherwise, carry on with your journey to the great sands of the Sahara Desert and head for Ourzazate.