Welcome to Tamegroute
Stressed out? You’ve come to the right place: Tamegroute’s Zawiya Nassiriyya is said to cure anxiety and high blood pressure, thanks to the post-mortem calming influence of Sidi Mohammed Ben Nassir – founder of the influential and learned Nassiri brotherhood, who were famed for their ability in settling Draa Valley disputes in the 17th century. The zawiya (shrine) is still a place of pilgrimage for the sick and a working Quranic school. Bibliophiles should plan desert trips around visits to the zawiya’s library of ancient illuminated texts or try to coincide with the annual moussem (festival; 12 to 22 November).
Besides miracle cures, Tamegroute is known for its labyrinth of ksour (fortified villages), which you can explore with a local guide or by yourself to test your internal compass. Tamegroute also has a Saturday souq.