Welcome to Tizi n’Test
Heading south from Marrakesh, you’ll notice Tin Mal village on the right of the road. The village’s Almohad-era mosque was built in 1156 in honour of the dynasty’s strict spiritual leader, Mohammed Ibn Tumart, and it a remains an architectural wonder. The mosque is no longer used for prayers, so the guardian will usher you through its massive doors into the serene prayer hall with its intricately carved cedar ceilings.
Beyond Tin Mal, as you approach the pass, you may suddenly break through fog into clear blue sky, and catch breathtaking aeroplane-window views over cloudbanks. On the south side of the pass, the van ominously embedded into the hillside is your cue for a pit stop at Cafe Dar Issouga. The balcony offers stunning valley views of green terraces and cypress forests cascading down the hillside all the way to Taroudant.