Friday, May 23 (Dades Valley, Mgoun Gorge) – We’ve all heard the song “rock the casbah” but I can’t say I knew what a Kasbah was until this trip to Morocco. A kasbah in Morocco is a fortress with many rooms, generally for one large family. A home in a kasbah generally has three floors: the main floor is for the animals (goats, sheep, donkeys), the middle floor can be a family room and the top floor may be a room for cooking. There is also often a rooftop where chickens may be kept.
The traditional homes are made of natural materials such as clay and straw, which make the homes durable and last decades upon decades. Here are some close-ups:
In Morocco, there is a famous street called the “Road of 1,000 Kasbahs” because it seems to be a never-ending row of villages. We walked in through one of them and continued on a 3 or 4-hour hike around the kasbahs, farms and countryside. Many people who live in the kasbahs grow crops such as fruits, vegetables and herbs, and we had a chance to see these gardens while enjoying the natural landscape and countryside during our trek.
It had recently rained in this area, so the bridges across the river (stones / planks of wood) were gone. So we took off our shoes and walked across the rocky, yet refreshing, water.
This was one of my favorite afternoons in Morocco because we had a chance to see where people really live, the types of crops they grow, and we got to be a little active after days on the bus!
Hi! I'm Stacy, a 28 year old Manhattanite who quit her job to go on a 100-day journey across the world. Follow me as I hot air balloon in Turkey, hike the Todra Gorge in Morocco, horseback ride across Ireland, and take part in all the other active adventures I can find!
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