The Dadès Valley stretches out between the peaks of the High Atlas and the Jbel Sarhro mountain range, a little northeast of the southern city of Quarzazate. The most prominent oasis valley dominates south Morocco and is known as 'The Valley of One Thousand Kasbahs.
The river Dadès, which originates in the Haute Atlas snowfields, cuts a steep gorge known as the Dadès Gorge at Aït Oudinar and Ait Ali. It streams south-westerly across the broad Dadès Valley towards Quarzazate.
The people of this region have lived in many small Kasbah settlements sprinkled across the river. However, in recent years, they have been leaving the valley and crowding in larger villages along its edge, going only to a few Kasbah to be populated and kept in perfect condition.
Exploring Dadès Valley
A tour of the Dades Valley is an exciting adventure. I am starting by passing through beautiful Berber villages and seeing many viewpoints and rock formations. The Dades Gorge looks like a fascinating portrait because of the red rocks, green oases, and palm groves.
Many delightful places are waiting for you; one of them is the Monkey Fingers, located about 9 kilometers from Boumalne Dades and on the right side of the road as you drive into the Dades Gorge. There are also a few massive and ancient Kasbahs that are located right next to the Dades River.
The gorge view is magical as you approach the valley's end. The winding Zik-Zak road is fantastic to discover. After just a few bends, you will be on top of the gorge. It is one of the most magnificent scenes in the world.
Where to stay at Dades Valley?
Accommodations in Dades Valley are okay. Most are riads or kasbahs along the Dades Gorge, which offers a great view. Pick one to enjoy the beautiful scenery.