The Anti Atlas Mountains, a range of lower peaks, lie between the High Atlas to the north and the desert to the south. A highlight of this area is the Ait Mansour Gorge which cuts a beautiful swathe of bright cultivation through the bare mountains and is one of the finest oases in Morocco. 20km away you will find Tafraoute, a climber’s Mecca due to the dramatic range of granite mountains a striking distance from the town. It sits in a small palm oasis and is especially noted for the amazing boulders that surround it, many of which were painted bright blue in 1984 by a Belgian artist as an expression of ‘landscape art’. The Anti Atlas area is a still under-discovered region that has so many to offer those who wish to explore…

Where To Stay

Maison Traditionnelle, Anti-Atlas

> LA MAISON TRADITIONNELLE

Located in the semi-ruined village of Oumesnate, 6 km from Tafraoute, La Maison Traditionnelle offers its guests a complete cultural experience. It is run by the Ahras family who also own the next-door museum which details the culture and traditions of the Anti-Atlas Berbers. The rooms are comfortable though basic, the food is exceptional and the views from the roof terrace are stunning: watch the sun setting over the red-pink granite rocks of the mountains as you sip your evening mint tea. A peaceful, restful and fascinating base for your explorations of the Anti Atlas.

What To Do

Hiking, Anti Atlas

> HIKING

This is a great region for trekking with the hikes in the granite massif to the north of Tafraoute and walks through the picturesque villages to the Ameln Valley a real highlight. For the adventurous, it is possible to summit the highest peak in the area, Jebel El Kest (2359m).

Climbing, Anti Atlas

> CLIMBING

It could take a lifetime to climb every amazing route in Tafraoute: this area truly is a climber’s paradise. From beginner’s single-pitch to endless lofty multi-pitch routes, you’ll have plenty to choose from whatever your level. With fully qualified rock guides to instruct and accompany you and ensure your safety, this is an adventure not to be missed. Equipment and shoes provided.

Anti Atlas Mountains

Altitude : 1500m (Tafraoute) Best time to visit : Sept. / May Temperature range : 12-36°C Infrastructure : basic facilities Environment : mountains Journey Time : 3 hrs Agadir Access : by car