Why I like Dades Valley so much!

Apart Dades I’ve seen many other beautiful places and towns in Morocco: Tangier, Chefchaouen, Rabat, Casablanca, Bouznika, Essaouira, Taghazout, Agadir, Marrakech, Ourika Valley, Ouarzazate, Merzouga and the desert.

I’ve been travelling often in the country in the last two years but, in Dades Valley, I feel at home and I visit every time that I go back.

I don’t find very often places that have this effect on my mood; till now just one in Tuscany near Scansano and another one in the mountains of Susa Valley near Turin.

Therefore I started comparing them and asking myself: “ Why?

I like those mountains and their colours : red, all shades of orange, ocher, beige.

The same that I chose for painting my house some years ago.

That smell in the air: mostly fig trees that remind me my childhood and my grandparents’ house

Light at  sunrise and sunset : so changeable and golden!

Wind: sometimes very strong, giving me lots of energy

Water sounds: from the river and hundreds of little channels and cascades crossing the gardens


But hundreds of birds chanting with different voices, frogs,… No dog barking desperately as I hear everywhere in Italy. The prayer from the mosque. Other human sounds are mostly children playing or artisans working.

photo by Fatima Tallok

People I meet  are reserved and silent but greet me respectfully: “Salem

alekum” or “Bonjour”. Most of them invite me for a mint tea and enjoy chatting in French or English with great sense of humour

photo by Fatima Tallok

 Food: so healthy and natural!  Mostly tajin, couscous and soups. Sometimes Berber omelettes, fresh bread every morning. Often delicious msemems (similar to crepes but more tasty and squared). All cooked using fresh vegetables and olive oil …


 My Youtube channel to see something more https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4Q0OZw-h43jCiB_iP2oarg

 and from Berber Nomad Trekking website



       and…last but not least, the incredible green eyes of the Berber little girl Nadia

photo by Website Nomad

that I      met there!

We can’t understand each other but she recognizes me every time that I go back and we play as months didn’t separate us at all…:)

my IG for more pics: https://www.instagram.com/anavlisottosom/?hl=en

trekking in Dades

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