That was quite a journey today (27-12).
The road from Ouarzazate to Zagora (about 100 miles end to end) crosses the Jbel Sahrho at the Tizi-n-Tiniffift Pass, the high point of the pass being at 1,660m (5,448 ft).
My Clio got a bit out of breath. My knees were shaking a bit.
The scenery was amazing yet again.
After dropping down the other side, the road then enters the Draa Valley at Agdz and follows it all the way to Zagora. The scenery is totally different – mile after mile of palm groves and villages following the river – and just as remarkable.
If you ever get the chance to come to this part of the world, grab it with both hands!
I was astonished at how good the road is – better than you’d find in Scotland. The pass just requires concentration and nerve. Traffic is light, so beyond that you just have to be careful with other road users.
Plenty service stations are to be found along the way, with toilets, food and so on. In fact I had my lunch at an Afriquia one today – “meat” tagine and Moroccan mint tea. I suspect the meat was mutton or lamb, but I wouldn’t bet on it. Anyway, I enjoyed it. I ate outside… yet again, with a superb view.
I’m a bit worried that my riad here in Zagora could be an anticlimax after the one in Ouarzazate being so fantastic, but so far so good.
ⓒ iain taylor, 2017