Must see attractions in Anti Atlas Mountains

  • Sights in Tafraoute

    Maison Berbère Traditionnelle

    Maison Traditionnelle stands in the largely uninhabited old hilltop village of Tazekka, where bulbous boulders have been incorporated into the pisé (rammed earth) walls of the centuries-old houses. You can visit the Carved Gazelle as part of a tour of the four-floor dwelling, where the knowledgeable proprietor Mahfoud’s family once lived. It’s possible to stay the night here (Dh150/230 per person including breakfast/half-board). Mahfoud, a trekking guide, offers Amazigh (Berber) music soirées and tea ceremonies.

  • Sights in Tafraoute

    Le Châpeau de Napoléon

    These rocks don't look much like Napoleon's hat, to be frank, but they're still weird and impressively massive, soaring above the little town of Aguerd-Oudad. It's possible to climb to the top; the views over the boulder-strewn landscape are exceptional, especially in the morning and late afternoon. Aguerd-Oudad makes for a nice stroll or bike ride. From the roundabout by the Afriquia petrol station in Tafraoute, take the R107 toward Tizi Amanouz.

  • Sights in Tafraoute

    Carved Gazelles

    The most easily accessible examples of prehistoric rock engravings found in the Tafraoute area are the Carved Gazelles, 2km away in the village of Tazekka. There are actually two gazelles: one on the upturned face of a fallen boulder, and another on a larger boulder above eye height. They're large, prominent and quite elegant. It's a pleasant mountain-bike ride or walk 2km from central Tafraoute. The easiest way to find it is to walk along Route de Tazekka to Camping Tazka on the Tiznit road (R104), and ask the jovial Anglophone Mohamed for directions once you arrive.

  • Sights in Tafraoute

    Pierres Bleues

    The bizarrely beautiful Pierres Bleues are the work of Belgian artist Jean Verame, who spray-painted the smooth, rounded boulders in shades of blue, red, purple and black in 1984. Decades later, they remain vivid against the red desert. Visitors disagree over whether it's art or a blight on the landscape, but villagers give the rocks a fresh coat of paint every year to keep the controversy fresh. You'll find them some 7km south of Tafraoute, 500m past the turnoff for Aït Mansour; a piste leads uphill to the right.