Authenticity and traditional festivals

A mosaic of people and traditions

To appreciate this splendid region that has preserved its authenticity and to soak in its secular culture, you must accept that the present here is still closely tied to the past. The Rissani mausoleum of Moulay Ali Cherif, an ancestor of the Alaouite dynasty, and the ruins of Sijilmassa, an old trade town, are physical reminders of the province’s storied history. They are not to be missed, but you will learn even more about the region's traditions by interacting with the people.

You can visit museums that highlight the area's riches, including the Mineral and Fossil Museum on the road to Rissani, the museum of nomadic culture in Erg Chebbi or the Lalla Mimouna Springs Museum in Tinejdad. You can also stay outside and marvel at the Taouzrock carvings that date back to prehistoric times.

The Tafilalet region has more than 400 ksours, fortified villages that used to house communities that lived together and pooled their resources.

The luckiest visitors are those who can attend one of the many cultural and artistic events held here. Choose from the International Date Fair in Erfoud, the Imilchil Wedding Festival, the Merzouga International Festival of World Music or the Apple Festival in Midelt.

No matter what you pick, the cultural wealth of this region will amaze you.