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. It is the most prominent of the oasis valleys that dominate southern 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 a large number of small Kasbah settlements sprinkled across the river. However, they have been leaving the valley in recent years and crowding in larger villages along the valley's edge, leaving only a few Kasbah to be populated and kept in perfect condition.
Exploring Dadès Valley
Making a tour of the Dades Valley is an exciting adventure. 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, which is located about 9 kilometers from Boumalne Dades and is 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 scene has a magical view as you approach the valley's end. The winding Zik-Zak road is amazing to discover. It is just a few bends in the road and you will be on the top of the valley. Needless to say, it is one of the most magnificent scenes in the world.
Where to stay at Dades Valley?
Accommodations at Dades Valley are fine, most of them are riads or kasbahs along the Dades Gorge. They also offer a great view of Dades Gorge, pick up one to enjoy the beautiful scenery.