Glaoui Kasbah Review
About five minutes south of Tizi-n-Tichka is the turnoff for the Glaoui Kasbah at Telouet. The road is paved but narrow, and winds from juniper-studded slopes down through a landscape of low eroding hills and the Assif-n-Tissent (Salt River). In spring, barley fields soften the effect, but for much of the year the scene is rather bleak. Just before the Kasbah itself is the sleepy little town of Telouet, where you might find a café open, especially if it's Thursday (souk day).
Parking for the Kasbah is down a short dirt road across from the nearby auberge Chez Ahmed. Entry is free, but you should tip the parking attendant and the guardian of the gate. Inside, walking through dusty courtyards that rise to towering mud walls, you'll pass through a series of gates and big doors, many threatening to fall from their hinges. Different parts are open at different times, perhaps according to the whims of the guard. Most of the Kasbah looks ravished, as though most of the useful or interesting bits had been carried off when the Glaoui reign came to its abrupt end in 1956. This sense of decay is interrupted, however, when you get upstairs: here, from painted wood shutters and delicately carved plaster arabesques, exquisitely set tile and broad marble floors, you get a taste of the sumptuousness the Glaoui once enjoyed. Because it was built in the 20th century, ancient motifs are combined with kitschy contemporary elements, such as traditionally carved plaster shades for the electric lights. The roof has expansive views.
- Address: Telouet
- Location: Telouet