Adventure along Tizi n’ Tichka Pass
There is one road trip in Morocco that is not only takes you to your destination but has views and sights one has to experience to believe. The road was constructed in 1936 by the French, and links the great city of Marrakech to Ouarzazate. It takes travelers on a journey of adventure, beauty and breathtaking views, allowing visitors to experience a historical and spectacular part of the country. Locals met along the way make the expedition even more spectacular. This famous road is called Tizi n’ Tichka Pass, and is a safe and exciting way to explore Morocco.
To get onto the Tizi n’ Tichka Pass, one has to take the N9 road to Ouarzazate, which is on the road travelers would take if travelling to Fes. The road winds and turns up along the Atlas Mountains, along which travelers will view massive foothills blanketed in green vegetation. As the road climbs to its highest point at 2 260 meters above sea level, travelers will come across a variety of villages, such as Taddert and Tamhuememt, along the way. Walnut groves and crystal mountain streams, along with rows of oak trees are found here. Quaint restaurants offer refreshments and traditional meals to weary travelers. One of the most popular attractions on the pass is the ruins of Kasbah Telouet. Dar Glaoui Kasbah is a site not to be missed. It is referred to as the Castle of the Sand, which was built as an el-Glaoui base from the early 1800s. The structure itself is breathtaking purely because of its massive size, although many of the rooms and passageways are not open to visitors for reasons of safety due to the age of the building.
At the highest peak of the Tizi n’ Tichka Pass visitors will enjoy stunning views of the surrounding landscapes. As the road begins to make its way down to Ouarzazate, travelers will be able to marvel at pre-Sahara regions that lie dry and motionless and the silent peaks of the great Atlas Mountains. The views, the villages and the time spent on the Tizi n’ Tichka Pass is a truly unique experience. Travelers are encouraged to take this journey of history, wonder and natural amazement.