Skoura, At the Beginning of the 1,000 Kasbahs Road
Skoura is the first stop on the 1,000 kasbahs road between Ouarzazate and Tafilalet. According to legend, it was founded in the 12th century under the Almohad dynasty.
The palm grove takes its name from the Berber tribe that lived there at that time, the Haskourene. Since then, several populations have followed one another, including the Arab tribes from the Tafilalet, making Skoura an Arab territory in the Berber country.
If Skoura, modest and discreet, does not leave an everlasting memory and does not stand out from these small towns along the road of a thousand kasbahs, it is quite different from its vast palm grove with cultivated crops, the rich historical past and the ancient buildings often restored and famous for some.
The palm grove of Skoura is a real labyrinth, about 50 km², usable by car as well as on foot. Palms, olive trees and almond trees shelter from their shadows, according to the course of the sun, the arid paths leading to the houses of earth, some of which date from the seventeenth century.
It is a charming stage before continuing, not far from there, towards the valley of almond trees, the valley of roses, as well as the gorges and valleys of Dades and Todra.
Here as elsewhere the guest houses (often kasbahs) offer a table d’ hôte for those who live within their walls. Also, some restaurants on the main road, most of which are open only during the day, offer omelettes and tagines.
Skoura palm grove
The Skoura oasis consists of a group of small adobe villages and kasbahs connected by a patchwork of narrow paths and paths bordering the crops in the shade of numerous palm trees and fruit trees.
The walks, here numerous, can be done on foot or on the back of a donkey, by bicycle or on horseback, however it is advisable to be accompanied in this open-air maze. Within the palm grove, a few families have lived for generations the art of pottery to produce jars, tajines and canoes sold at the souks of the region and around the main road. A cooperative produces goat cheese in the Skoura palm grove.
Kasbahs in Skoura
Within the palm grove, the numerous palm trees, but also olive and almond trees planted the decoration in harmony with the kasbahs, some of them dating from the 17th century. These adobe fortified constructions are numerous here, and often can be visited.
The kasbah Amerhidil impressive for its size was built by the master of the Glaoui Qur’ an in the seventeenth century.
The visit to the inner courtyard and apartments makes it possible to understand some of the rules of community life in such a building: the 5 windows of the prayer room symbolizing the 5 pillars of the Qur’ an; the 4 towers used by the 4 women of the master of the place. A small museum presents objects of daily life from the period and an olive press.
Visit:Every day from 8am to 12:30pm and from 2pm to 8pm in summer – 6pm in winter. Input: 10 DH. (1$)
Another kasbah deserving of a detour: Kasbah Aït Abbou which with its 26 meters high is the highest of the palm grove.
To Discover Around Skoura
A certain number of excursions in the palm grove, in paths along fields and crops, connect the douars and kasbahs present and well beyond. The equestrian center of Skoura organizes rides from 1 hour to several days.
Situated on the 1000 Kasbahs road, less than 40 km east of Ouarzazate, Skoura is a good place to stop before going on, not far from there, to the salt marshes of Toundout and the valley of almond trees, the valley of roses, as well as the gorges and valleys of Dades and Todra.
Closer still, the peaceful Berber village of Sidi Flah offers an approach to the Anti-Atlas, while in the direction of Ouarzazate the orientation table situated on a rocky island overlooking the surroundings, offers an exceptional 360° panoramic view of the lake El Mansour Eddahbi and the peaks of the Atlas.
Skoura: Useful Information
In the palm grove there are most of the guest houses, while the souk of Monday, the post office facing it, the pharmacies and garages are located in the “modern” part of Skoura.
The small and large taxis will take you to the palm grove: about 10 Dh / person. It should be noted that there is no bank in Skoura.
Stay in Skoura
The palm grove of Skoura overflows with beautiful kasbahs arranged as guest houses in the purest Berber style. For some surprisingly simple authenticity, they will brighten your steps in the palm grove, offering you to discover its charms on foot, on donkeys or by mountain bike.
It’s the nearest one!
42 km from the centre of Skoura, Ouarzazate airport provides 4 direct flights with Paris in 3 hours and 10 minutes.
Departure from Paris to Ouarzazate: Tuesday at 2:10 pm; Thursday and Saturday at 7:50 am and Sunday at 2:10 pm.
Departure from Ouarzazate to Paris: Tuesday at 5:05 pm; Thursday and Saturday at 11:10 am and Sunday at 4:25 pm.
From the main European and foreign capitals, or at destination, a stopover in Casablanca or Marrakech is planned.
More economical is better served the airports of Marrakech, Agadir, Fez or Casablanca are likely to be a better option…..
Buses and large taxis in Skoura
Skoura CTM Agency
The CTM agency is represented by the café-restaurant at the entrance of the city coming from Ouarzazate. It should be noted that Supratours does not have an agency in Skoura and has no connection to the city.
Rent a car and visit Skoura
There is no car hire in Skoura, but we find everything you need in Ouarzazate, Marrakech, Fez, Agadir… Enjoy what freedom of movement brings you.
Palm grove Holiday Film – Skoura
A small holiday film where you can discover the kasbahs hidden in the palm grove. A good video that makes you want to go for a long walk through this patchwork of paths, these nice little gardens away from all noise.
Morocco that I love – Skoura – 2M show
This 2M channel show takes us this time to the palm grove of Skoura. Invitation to the presenter’s walk in the calm of this vast palm grove and tourist promotion.
An explanation (in Darija) about the beautiful and famous kasbah Amerdihil. Beautiful images for this charming and relaxing place.