This Kasbah is over 1,000 years old and is a UNESCO Heritage Site. The town has grown up to support the industry the Kasbah has brought to the area.
Scenes from Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou
A Tour of the Kasbah
Jemal showed us his small museum and shop where he has collections of antique jewellery, and other artifacts. There was an amazing lock and padlock…the wooden lock slotted in, and tiny dowels filled several.notches which turned, for a padlock. He also showed us a traditional formal wedding script written on wood. There were silver holders for scrolls and many other items that have been improved on and are still used today in a modern form.
It was interesting to see many forms of the Agadir Cross similar to one I bought in Agadiz and money beads like I had got in Nigeria (1973) Sadly both were lost when my jewellery box was stolen.
En route to the Look out which gave us great views over the whole Kasbah and surrounds, we stopped at a shop where a young man was creating these fascinating art pieces. He used an invisible chemical to draw the scene – camels, local buildings, palm trees etc Then a blow torch was quickly run over the back of the paper and the chemical slowly turned shades of brown. It was magical watching the picture appear. Brian just had to have some which he did specially for us.
Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
Outside we were seated on low chairs around a table where we enjoyed a tasty Moroccan Salad and couscous which seems to be traditional to the area, with lots of vegetables from their garden, and chicken. This was followed by a refreshing fruit salad.
Jemal explained that the traditional couscous was a major part of the wedding meal.
Night was a bit restless .....it was so hot. We eventually decided to open one small, window for the breeze which helped.
Breakfast was on a side deck, overlooking the village and riverbed. Traditional light pancakes and bread with a selection of jams including a caramel like smooth paste made from sweet potato.I love the mini tajines for the jams and preserves.
Visiting Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou has definitely been a highlight of our Moroccan Experience!