Morocco Part 2 - Morocco South and Essaouira
A new Gallery is now available with photos from a fascinating tour of Morocco
Have you ever been to Morocco? It is a fascinating and varied country, with history, culture, and stunning scenery in abundance, together with friendly and welcoming people. I visited the country in 2019, just before COVID-19 struck, on a quite intense two week tour of some of the country highlights. I have now added the second of two galleries with photos from the tour. The Galleries can be found here - Morocco Imperial Cities and the North and here - Morocco South and Essaouira. The second Gallery includes photos from the southern part of the country, including the Middle and High Atlas mountains, the south Atlas region of Erfoud and nearby Rissani, Saharan desert landscapes near Merzouga in the Erg Chebbi region, the Valley of 1000 Kasbahs including Todra Gorge, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ait-Ben-Haddou and the Atlantic coastal town of Essaouira. This Blog explains a little bit about each area with photos and there are many more photos in the Gallery. There is also a Blog about the northern part of the country which can be found here
The Atlas mountain range spans north central Morocco. Made up of Middle Atlas and High Atlas, the terrain varies as the altitude changes, with stunning and varied views.
Mosque in the Middle Atlas landscape
High Atlas landscape
High Atlas landscape
Erfoud and Rissani
Just south of the Atlas range is a stronghold of Amazigh, or Berber, culture. We visited a local mausoleum and a Ksour (fortified village) typical of the area. The traditional buildings in this semi-desert region, made from dried mud and straw, are at risk of being replaced by buildings based on modern materials as the weather slowly erodes them over time.
Prayer at the Mausoleum of Moulay Ali Cherif, Rissani
Traditional building in the Ksour near Rissani
Gardens at the Mausoleum of Moulay Ali Cherif, Rissani
Merzouga is a town in the Erg Chebbi region, at the edge of the Sahara desert. The desert landscape is stunning, especially at sunrise and sunset.
Sand dune detail in evening light
Camel and dunes, near Merzouga
Valley of 1000 Kasbahs
The Valley of 1000 Kasbahs stretches for many miles along the south of the Atlas mountain range, with thousands of palm trees surrounding each of the many Kasbahs (fortified town or city). It is a beautiful region with beautiful scenery.
Traditional building in Tinerhir
Tinerhir, in the Valley of 1000 Kasbahs
Todra Gorge is a popular destination as a base for rock climbing and hiking in the surrounding mountains, and offers stunning views at sunrise.
Sunrise at Todra Gorge
Boy herding goats in the mountains above Todra Gorge
View from a mountain pass above Todra Gorge
Ait-Ben-Haddou is, understandably, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the 'must see' locations in Morocco. Pictures speak for themselves.
Sunrise panorama, Ait-Ben-Haddou
Sunset view from Ait-Ben-Haddou
Sunrise at Ait-Ben-Haddou
Essaouira is a beautiful port city on the Atlantic coast of Morocco. It is a popular tourist destination, famous for its narrow streets, walled ramparts and traditional blue fishing boats.
Traditional fishing boats in Essaouira harbour
Artwork for sale in one of the many tourist shops, Essaouira
Cannon on the walled ramparts, Essaouira
Sunset over the Atlantic, Essaouira
I hope that you have found this Blog interesting and enjoy the photos of this fascination region in the Gallery 😊