The Valley of the Roses
The village of El Kalaat M'Gouna is located in the Dades Valley, at 1450 meters altitude. It means "the fortress of M'Gouna" just as Calatayud was Kalaat Ayub and means "Fortress of Ayub". Also known by tourists as the Valley of Roses, the cultivation of roses drives the economy of the whole area.
The valleys of the Draa, the Dades Valley, and the Todra Gorges are also associated with the Thousand Kasbahs Route and the meandering Draa River. The region is at the foot of the High Atlas and extends over thirty kilometers from the town of Kelaat M'Gouna to the village of Bou Tharar.
Flowering is from mid-April to early May, outside these dates the spectacular flowered landscape can only be seen in the photos of the small shops that sell products made from roses.
With the cultivated roses a thousand and one cosmetic products are made, from perfumes, oils, tonics, creams, lip balms, soap, water for ablutions before meals, and many more.
In spring the valley is impregnated with the sweet smell of roses, and after the harvest, in April the festivities are celebrated in which a queen is appointed. Pleasantly surprised by the beauty of the valley in which the aridity of the terrain intermingles with the oasis, the orchard (gardens), gorges, and volcanic peaks, with scattered kasbahs that go almost unnoticed near the river bed.
Valley of the Roses
Every spring more than 4000 tons of rose petals are collected and not all the petals are distilled here, many travels to high-end cosmetic distilleries, where no mention is made of the origin of the valuable raw material. There are many organizations that are fighting to create the denomination of origin, for its great ecological value since they do not use pesticides, and thus increase the benefits that recognize the area and promote local development.
The vast majority of tourists stop here, to eat and continue on their way to the Todra Gorges.
In many ways you are transported to another era with all its harshness, where women wash clothes in the river, children work to contribute to the family economy, and life is very hard.
The whole area is a paradise for hiking enthusiasts, besides being able to visit many famous kasbahs also from here you can make a three or four-day climb with a guide to Ighil M'Goun, one of the four-thousands of Morocco.
Another factor that influences the fact that this is an area named by travelers, is that traditionally, and until a few years ago when the road between Ouarzazate and Demnate was built, it has been the only way accessible to motorized vehicles to cross the High Atlas from N to S, in the wide strip of the chain between the route of Tizi-n-Tichka (N 9) and the route Midelt-Errachidía (N 13). - Any route that we wanted to trace to move from the oak and cedar groves of the Middle Atlas to the gorges and palm groves of the South, apart from those mentioned, inexorably passed through Imilchil, which also had the attraction of crossing the High Atlas through part of its central core, with all the variety and contrasts of landscapes and ecosystems that this entails.
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