We came to a village where washing day was keeping some women busy down by the river.The bridge made a handy clothesline. We bought bottled water at a shop and I was surprised to see the water well was right outside the shop.
It was just desert and very barren until we turned off to Dades Gorge and drove through a series of villages until eventually we came to hills of strange rock formations which were constantly changing and quite fascinating.
Drive to Dades Gorge
The Todra Gorge walls tower over you, with their ever changing smooth pink rock popular with rock climbers apparently, and the picturesque glacier stream creates a beautiful landscape. We enjoyed it all the next morning when the crowds had gone.
Auberge au Festival Cave Hotel
Auberge au Festival was lovely. Built around 7years ago unlike, most buildings in Morocco, it is of stone....set into the side of the hill 5kms after the main gorge. Looking across from the road it is hard to see as it just blends into the background.
With Berber Tents to sit under, tables and chairs on the terrace, and lovely cottage gardens, this is a very special place to stay. There are spectacular views looking across and down the gorge, which changes colour as the light changes, it was a real treat. You can choose from a cave room or upstairs room. We didn't have time to use it but the swimming pool is tucked in at the end of the building. The decor is beautifully done. Our cave room was very cool…..both aesthetically and temperature wise!
A Fabulous Traditional Dinner
We watched the sun go down and then had an early night. One group had done a day hike
- one of several in the area. but unfortunately we didn’t have time. We were off to the desert next day.