Souss Valley, Anti Atlas and Atlantic Coast
The Souss valley is a vast fertile plain which constitutes one of the main agricultural regions of Morocco. It extends from the village of Aoulouz, halfway between Tazenaght and Taroudant, in the foothills of the Anti-Atlas until the Agadir bay and its ocean coast.
The Oued Souss flows serenely and slowly along a road. Irrigating largely this huge agricultural plain where are citrus fruits and vegetables of all kinds grown. Half of the production is exported, mainly to France, thanks to the activity of the large Agadir’s harbor.The oued ends its race in the Atlantic Ocean near the port.
Economic core of the region, agriculture was able to develop here due to the construction of two dams. The first was built in 1990 in Aoulouz, at the entrance to the Souss Valley. The second in 2001 on the small rural town of Aouziaou, 100 km east of Taroudant. They thus allow extensive irrigation, especially to large farms, leaving unfortunately, downstream, lands often dry and poorly irrigated.
Souss Valley’s diversity
The Souss valley is 60% rural, so it is a succession of small agricultural villages along its banks. They are easy to discover from Aoulouz, small town nestled on the flanks of the Anti-Atlas. From here, you can reach Taroudant with the N10 road, north of the river, or the departmental road which, patiently along its banks, invites more to stroll.
It’s also an opportunity to discover these agricultural populations, and the beautiful palm grove of Tioute that can be visited on a donkey’s back. Its argan oil cooperative is one of the riches of the region.
Closer to Taroudant, near the picturesque village of Aït Yazza, the Fejja kasbah reopened its doors to the public in 2007 after a deserved and successful restoration. This ancient Caïd’s house, dating from the nineteenth, is an architectural heritage of the region.
Then Oued Souss takes us to Taroudant, nicknamed ‘la petite Marrakech’. Surrounded by 7 km of ocher ramparts, it was the Saadian capital of Souss during the 16th century. With its 130 towers and 19 corner bastions, its dozen doors, the interior of its walls, the charm of its souks and old adobe houses, it incites to the relaxation after the journey to reach it.
Small stop at Ouled Teïma nicknamed ‘arbaâ ourbaïne’ (44), due to the distance in kilometers that separates it as well from Agadir as from Taroudant. Small rural and quiet town with an old quarter and traditional adobe houses.
Finally, it’s the arrival in the large seaside resort of Agadir, the hectic capital of Souss where the rhythm of life changes tone. With its long beach bordered by a beautiful promenade, its marina, its large port and its modern city center always animated, it’s a flagrant contrast with the calm of this beautiful valley bordered by the foothills of the Atlas.
Argan oil, a cultural tradition in the Souss Valley
The Souss valley is abundantly lined with argan trees forests, which for a very long time have been the traditional culture of the Berber populations. Cereals are grown between the trees and the goats graze the leaves. From its almond, an oil with a little hazelnut taste is harvested and pressed. Ideal for accompanying salads.
This oil was mainly made for family and ceremonial use. Since the 2000s, the cosmetic industry has begun to manufacture successfully derivatives from this precious liquid.
Fortunately, many cooperatives of pressure and promotion of this product and its derivatives have been constituted, thus allowing the women working there to obtain a substantial and always welcome salary.
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