Tafraout, Morocco

Tafraout is a small Berber-speaking town of the Moroccan Anti-Atlas located 180 km south of Agadir in the heart of the Ammelne valley. The town is surrounded by rocks of various shapes and is known for the beauty of its colors: pink granite and the palm grove. The main activities are agriculture mainly fruit trees and livestock. There are argan trees, almond trees, olive trees, etc. Tourism has started to grow in recent years. Near Tafraout there is a female agricultural cooperative in the Aguerd-Oudad village, which produces and sells argan oils and aromatic herbs, as well as amelou (grilled and ground almonds made from argan oil). Like several places in Morocco, this village also had its place in the cinema with a few scenes shot for the film The black stallion. You will find small cafes and restaurants around Mohamed V Square.

Tips

You can make a day trip from Agadir.

The valley is an ideal place for lovers of walking or cycling.

One of the most beautiful seasons to visit the village is in the spring when the almond trees are in bloom.

If you want to visit the souk, this one is held around Mohamed V square every Wednesday.

Pyramid of Cheops, Giza, Egypt

The Pyramid of Cheops or Great Pyramid of Giza is a monument built by the ancient Egyptians; more than 4,500 years ago, forming a pyramid with a square base of 230 m and 137 m in height; presumed tomb of Pharaoh Khufu. It is the only of the seven wonders of the world of antiquity to have survived until today, as being also the oldest. The pyramid is part of a complex where there is a funerary temple of two parts: valley temple or bottom (associated with a harbor jetty on the edge of the cultivated land) and an upper or top temple (tchapel where clergy deposited daily offerings), located near the pyramid. There is a monumental tiled corridor serving as connecting gallery between the parties. There are also three pyramids of queens, a satellite pyramid, surrounded by a wall, connected to the communication gallery and multiple mastabas (funeral buildings) grouped into three cemeteries located to the east behind the queens pyramids at south of the Great Pyramid, and on the west of the pyramid of King.

Tips

It is recommended to do business with a local guide accredited by the Ministry of Tourism to ensure that there is room for a domestic tour inside.
You can do a carriage ride to take pictures and see the pyramids and the countryside. Remember to negotiate the price.
There are many sellers on the site that can be quite pushy but if you are showing any interest they will not insist too much.
You can also visit the site at night to watch the spectacle of sound and light.

Bahia Palace, Marrakech, Morocco

Bahia Palace is a palace of century XIXᵉ of eight hectares in Marrakech, Morocco. It is a masterpiece of Moroccan architecture, one of the major monuments of cultural heritage. It was built southeast of the medina of Marrakech between 1866 and 1867. It was built for Si Moussa, chamberlain of Sultan Hassan 1st of Morocco, at his death, his son, Ahmed Ben Moussa, had enlarged the southern part his father’s palace by the successive acquisition and glitzy development of large sets of neighboring houses. The palace takes its name from his favorite mistress, Bahia. From 1912, General Lyautey, Marshal of France, used it as his personal residence as well as the residence of French officers by adding chimneys, heating and electricity. It has about 150 lavishly decorated rooms. There are marble, wood paintings, stained glass windows, many patios and gardens with orange trees, banana trees, cypresses, hibiscus and jasmine. The Moroccan royal family of King Mohammed VI sometimes stay there in a large private party not open to the public.

Tips

The palace is open to visitors, at your visit ask for information because you can also attend concerts of Arab-Andalusian music and art exhibitions.
You can also ask for a guide to accompany you and tell the whole story which is very interesting.