Discover the Moroccan Berber life style and culture
Come and meet the Imazighen (Amazigh in the singular, Native North Africans), people of the mountains and deserts… Take a stroll over the dayets of the Middle Atlas and the villages of Oukaïmeden, and opt for a bivouac under a Berber tent at the gates of the Great South: sensational experiences await you ... For those who wish, it may be useful to call on a local guide, he will make you discover all the secrets and culture, history and Berber customs. A totally exotic trip!
The Berber population, which occupies a large area of northern and Saharan Africa, is made up of a multitude of families. In Morocco, in addition to the Tuaregs and the Kabyles, you will meet the Masmudas, sedentary people of the Rif and the western plains, the Sanhadja, camel drivers from Western Sahara and transhumants from the Atlas, or the Zenata, nomadic people from the great South. It was the great Berber dynasties that built the first kingdoms and the first major cities of Morocco. Under the influence of the Arabs, the Berbers converted to Islam in the 7th century, but kept a strong spirit of independence. They also kept their language, the oldest known in North Africa, although they also speak Arabic and French.
Discover the Berber world
Discover the Rif Crescent, in the foothills of the hills overlooking the Mediterranean, and awaken the sleeping secrets of Tetouan and Chefchaouen! In a peaceful atmosphere, these blue cities offer the simple charms of the cities of craftsmen. From there, meet in the Sebou valley, at the gates of the imperial cities.
The Atlantic coast, the link between the Sahara, Southern Africa and the Ocean, has in its history been marked by the Imazighen. While traveling on the Atlantic coast, discover Berber villages, in particular in the surroundings of Essaouira and Agadir. And if you have the opportunity, you must also attend the "Festival Signes et Cultures" which takes place in June in Agadir: it is mainly devoted to poetry and Berber music.
From Agadir, go around Taroudant, to discover the Berber culture in the villages of Taliouine, Tagouyamet, Aït Ighmour, Aït Tgga or Idghagh… You will fall in love with this secret and preserved land , between storied crops and saffron fields ...
Then set off to meet the peoples of the High Atlas, in the Oukaïmeden region and on the road to Tizi N’Tichka. From there, the Ourika Valley will take you to the heart of the Berber, traditional and mountain world. At the gates of southern Morocco, then discover the Todgha region. On a hike on the heights of the Atlas, via M’Semrir, Tamtetoucht, or Imilchil, meet the shepherds and nomadic tribes of Todgha.
Going on a bivouac in the Great South is an unforgettable experience ... You will live a few days to the rhythm of the Tuareg nomads, the blue men of the desert, who will make you discover the secrets of their culture and their traditions. Discover the many Berber camps, especially near M’Hamid and Merzouga.
The know-how of Berber artisans is recognized throughout the country, for pottery in Chefchaouen and Taroudant, jewelry in Tiznit, carpets in Ouarzazate, textiles in Marrakech and Tafraout. The Berber souks of Taza, Azrou and Taroudant are probably the most fascinating.
Throughout the country, you can taste different Berber specialties such as couscous with 5 vegetables, or honey and almonds. Between barbecue and grilled meats, Amazigh cuisine is renowned for harira, and of course for pastries. While traveling through the Middle Atlas, also stop at Azrou to taste its famous tagines.