Located on the Southern slopes of the High Atlas mountains, Road of 1000 Kasbahs is currently one of the main attractions of Morocco. It’s a journey across the scenic High Atlas mountain range to a region of traditional Berber villages.
Road of a thousand Kasbahs is a spectacular drive winding through stunning desert landscapes, villages and palm groves through the Dades Valley between the Atlas Mountains and Anti-Atlas mountain range. The drive is spectacular, with hundreds of Kasbahs lining the route, winding through stunning desert landscapes, villages, palm groves, and with the expansive Jebel Sarhro lunar-scape to the south.
The touristic route is mostly asphalted offering a varied and impressive landscape on the kasbahs. The journey offers an exhilarating driving experience, with superb views. These proud monuments to Berber art are unique in the world. This is definitely one road trip that you want to record with lots of photographs. The route is integrated, indeed, by more than a thousand of these monuments. However, most travelers roaming the area only get to see half a dozen of them, the most famous, those that are in all the brochures. The road is a delight to drive, with every kind of twist and turn.The word Kasbah in this context means fortress. There certainly are a vast number of such buildings. They have usually been constructed by a local leader both to protect his land and as an indication of their wealth. They often have high windowless walls and crenellated towers. There are many excellent photo opportunities here. Don’t forget your camera! The red hues of the stark mountain scenery contrast with the softer green of the fertile valley floor, ringed and protected by mud-brick walls and fortresses.
Pic: Andrea Rizzello