Welcome to Tinerhir
Charm falls a distant third to dust and hustle in Tinerhir (aka Tinghir), a busy mining town transit hub recently benefiting from a rash of expansion and construction thanks to an administrative upgrade to independent provincial capital. If you need a break after the 51km drive from Boumalne Dades, head to the eastern edge of town, where a palm oasis unfolds like a green umbrella. Under the canopy, you’ll discover crumbling kasbahs, the abandoned 19th-century Medersa Ikelane (look for the whitewashed mudbrick cupola) and, to the north of town, the ruins of Ksar Asfalou, where Muslim and Jewish students once studied under the same roof.
An enormous souq is held 2.5km west of the centre on Monday, and there’s a Saturday livestock souq in town.