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Palm Groves Review
The palm groves southeast of Tafraoute deserve a full day's excursion, and the former piste circuit through them is increasingly paved.
From the rotary take the road in the opposite direction from the Agadir sign. Follow the signs toward Tiznit, and after 2 km (1 mi) you'll see the so-called "Napoleon's cap" of massive boulders on your right. Occasionally you'll see foreign climbers here, with their incongruously high-tech rock-climbing gear. Follow signs toward Agard Oudad. When the road forks, the right one going to the Painted Rocks, take the left branch. A winding paved road takes you higher into the Anti-Atlas Mountains, with views over the Ammeln Valley below; 20 km (12 mi) out of Tafraoute, turn right toward Aït Mansour, which you'll reach after another 14 km (9 mi) of winding down into the palm groves. Five kilometers (3 mi) farther on is the village of Zawia; another 5 km (3 mi) brings you to Afella-n-Ighir. Along the paved road you'll pass shrouded women, either transporting on their backs palm-frond baskets of dates supported by ropes around their foreheads or walking to Timguilcht to visit its important saint's shrine. Continue on the piste to Souk Lhad, whose busy market is held on Sunday. From there the piste loops back to Tafraoute.
- Address: Tafraoute
- Location: Tafraoute
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