From Saghro Jbel to Dades Gorges
Built on the hillside at around 1500 meters, Boumalne is quite a steep place!
The panoramic view, from the height of the only boulevard crossing the city, embraces the Dades valley. With the Anti-Atlas as a backdrop, it shows the maintained fields down the valley and the luxurious flora of the Hamada.
One of the biggest Souks (markets) of the area takes place every Wednesday. It is located a few hundred meters out of Boumalne in the Tinghir direction.
Slightly further on, a track joins the village of Tagdilt. It is here that all the ornithology amateurs meet in order to observe Larks, Buzzards or Great Dukes present in the Birds Valley.
From Tagdilt, the amateur trekkers will start their journey from the trails traversing the canyons to the lunar-like landscape of Saghro Jbel.
Most of the shops, cybercafes, coffee shops, restaurants and hotels are along the Mohammed V Boulevard which crosses the city.
Moving in and around Boumalne Dades
Around the Mosque Square, there are taxis and minivans which cross the Dades Valley, also buses and taxis to and from Ouarzazate and Errachidia.
Having a drink in Boumalne Dades
Dominating the city at the top of the hill, the bar of the hotel Xaluca Dades, with its African design and billiards, offer an extensive and affordable menu.
Hotels and Guest Houses
Most of guest house accommodations are along the road which skirts the valley, most of them offer a range of pedestrian, 4×4 or cycling excursions. There are also two classic hotels in the center of Boumalne Dades.
Doctors in Boumalne Dades
Across the taxi rank, running parallel to the Mohammed V Boulevard, a doctor and a health-care center are in the lane running on the left of the “Pigier” training center.
The closest car rental are in Ouarzazate. Otherwise, many travelers rent their car within a big city, like Marrakesh or Agadir, and then travel and discover Morocco as they wish.
112 km from Boumalne, Ouarzazate airport (OZZ) offers some directs flights to Paris and from various cities in Europe, with a stopover in Casablanca or Marrakesh.
Bus Station and shared taxis in Boumalne Dades
The bus stop to and from Ouarzazate and Errachidia is located on the Mohammed V Boulevard, at the Mosque Square. Shared taxis ensure regular connections to Tineghir and Kelaat Mgouna.
Supratour Agency in Boumalne Dades
The agency and departure point are on Mohammed V Boulevard. Open every day from 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM, close between 12:30 AM and 4 PM. Tel: 05 24 88 85 66.
CTM Agency in Boumalne Dades
The agency and departure point are on Mohammed V Boulevard. Open every day from 7:30 AM to 10 PM. Tel: 05 22 54 10 10.
All rates are raised between 10% and 20% during Muslims religious holidays, and from end of June to the end of August.
Excursions around Boumalne Dades
Located at the bottom of the Dades Valley and at the edge of both the Roses Valley and Todra gorges, Boumalne is the starting point for many excursions in the High-Atlas and Anti-Atlas. Most hotels and guest houses offer a great variety of walks with the assistance of local guides.
Down the Mohammed V Boulevard, once you have crossed the bridge, the Dades Valley begins. It is one of the most beautiful landscapes of the area, where gardens, fig and almond trees at the edge of the Oued create a green backdrop to the Kasbahs and Souks around.
Once past the Dades Gorges, the High Atlas opens its trails to hikers and off-road drivers alike.
Oussikis Valley, just a little further on, is less touristy and thrives from its numerous apple orchards.
Boumalne Dades is also an excellent starting point to discover the Saghro Jbel in the heart of Anti-Atlas, best to avoid the summer season which is particularly hot.
Motorcycle Road trip in Dades
With a rock’n’roll soundtrack, a real road trip between mountains and chasms. A fast and impressive three minutes. You hardly can see the palm grove down the chasm.
Dades in motorcycle slow version
Another bike trip in the Dades canyons this time the bikers take their time and just enjoy the amazing scenery. Far from the usual speed bike trip here it is all about enjoying the wild and majestic sightseeing of the canyon.
Dades Valley – From 25 €
Dades Valley – From 25 €
Dades Valley – From 27 €
Dades Valley – From 20 €
Boumalne Dades – From 14 €
Dades Valley – From 55 €