Tafraoute in detail

Activities

The best way to see the beautiful surrounding countryside is by walking or cycling, and several companies and guides offer mountain-biking and trekking trips. Operators have booths west of Hôtel Salama.

Cycling

The palm-filled Aït Mansour Gorges, leading towards the bald expanses of the southern Anti Atlas, and the Pierres Bleues (Painted Rocks) are great destinations. Several places hire out bikes of varying quality; expect to pay about Dh60/120 per day for a road/mountain bike with helmet, pump and puncture-repair kit.

Hammams

Tafraoute is a good place for an authentic hammam experience as some houses here still lack water. There are three in town; massages are available at the new hammam behind Auberge Les Amis, although the male-only old hammam, just behind the market, is more authentic.

Trekking & Climbing

Tafraoute and the Anti Atlas offer numerous climbing routes and trekking possibilities. Most of the walks are strenuous.

The UK-based Oxford Alpine Club (www.oxfordalpineclub.co.uk) have been pioneers in mapping the area across recent years and have produced excellent pocket guidebooks detailing around 2000 different climbs of varying difficulty across the Anti Atlas mountains. Order the hard-copy books from its website or access digital versions online.