Welcome to Zat Valley
To reach Zat Valley from Marrakesh, take the N9 towards Ouarzazate until it crosses the Oued Zat at Aït Ourir, then turn off south and head towards the transport town of Tighdouine at the near end of the valley. Tighdouine offers tasty roadside tajines before you enter Zat’s land of make-believe: gardens built right into cliff faces, stone houses with bright-blue doors, white-framed windows with families leaning out to say hello. This is all best appreciated on foot or mule.
Three- to five-day walking tours are organised by Inside Morocco Tours. They wend their way up the rich valley (most of Marrakesh's potatoes, turnips, olives, figs and tomatoes come from here) to the village of Talatassat, where you can visit the local potteries before continuing on up to the red sandstone Yaggour Plateau, the location of an important concentration of prehistoric rock engravings. Nearby Tizi N'Rhellis leads to the neighbouring Ourika Valley.