Tamnougalt, at the heart of Draa history
Built in the 16th century, the fortified village of Tamnougalt is the historic capital of the Berber tribe of the Mezguita, one of the oldest ksour still standing in plumb within the Draa Valley.
Due to its strategic position, at the southern exit of Agdz, the Tamnougalt ksar was at that time where the rivalries between Berber tribes were as much a defensive function, in order to protect the Draa valley against the invasions of looters, as commercial being located on the road of the caravans going from Marrakech to Timbuktu.
Surrounded by adobe ramparts, access to the village is via one of the four gates that open the ksar. The main one overlooks a large square next to the marabout.
This historical ksar is a pleasant stage to discover. The maze of corridors and alleyways sometimes covered, leads to plots where celebrations, weddings and other meetings between villagers were held.
Below the ksar, a monumental gate buried at its base by the sand opens onto the palm grove and the river Draa, inviting us to enjoy walks in the shade of the great palm trees.
Every year, the first week of October gives rise to the Ellama monsoon in Tamnougalt, a cultural and religious event bringing together the villagers of the Draa Valley.
Facing the ksar, the kasbah of the kaid, inhabited until the 60’s, but now abandoned, dominates it from the top of its rocky peak, embracing a splendid panorama on this part of the palm grove of the Draa and the Anti-Atlas.
Coming to the Ksar Tamnougalt
To reach Tamnougalt, take the main road in the direction of Zagora, and 4 km after Agdz, take the bridge on the left and continue for 2 km. The Kasbah of the Glaoui is visible on the left, while the entrance to the ksar is slightly further on the right.