Cathédrale des Rochers

High Atlas Mountains

The most-famous peak of the Reserve Naturelle de Tamga absolutely dominates the surrounding landscape – supposedly in the same manner great cathedrals dominate their cities, hence the name 'Cathedral of the Rocks'. Climbers looking for a serious challenge take on the 400m-plus cliffs, but mere mortals must be content to look up from below at these towering spires.

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Nearby High Atlas Mountains attractions

1. Ait Ben Hmad Igherm

9.49 MILES

This 17th-century igherm (collective granary), still in use by the villagers of Amezray, is one of several historical structures in the region to benefit…

3. Ait Sidi Moulay Igherm

10.62 MILES

The largest building in Zaouiat Ahansal dominates the surrounding village. Still home to the saint's descendants, the village's oldest building also…

4. Tomb of Sidi Said Ahansal

10.65 MILES

The 13th-century tomb of Sidi Said Ahansal is the chief place of religious pilgrimage in the valley, though it is off-limits to non-Muslims. Above the…

5. La Source de Taghia

14.27 MILES

Water cascades out of the cliff face and down a rocky hillside at these small springs just south of Taghia. It's often a good spot to sit and observe…

6. Bin El Ouidane

19.01 MILES

The dam at Bin El Ouidane provides the majority of the electricity in the region, but more importantly it's the location for the increasingly popular 11…

7. Lac Izoughar

20.52 MILES

At the very upper (northeastern) end of the Aït Bougmez Valley, the seasonal Lac Izoughar is a favoured watering hole for the nomadic Aït Atta tribe…

8. Sunday Souq

28.04 MILES

The valley's weekly market takes place on Sunday and offers a great insight into valley life. Traders and shoppers start arriving in Tabant on Saturday…