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Dades Gorge

The Dades Gorge lies along the dry but colourful Dades Valley, around 2 hours (around 100km) north east of Ourzazate, and cuts northwards into the High Atlas.

Dades Valley


The gorge starts just north of the town of Boumalne du Dades, a peaceful town, from where a road snakes into the gorge.  The gorge has several kasbahs, but it is the stunning rock formations that are of particular note for visitors, and it is worth some time on foot to get close to these. 

The High Atlas close up on the gorge before it opens up into somewhat developed fertile area beyond.  Throughout this area are Berber villages and occasional nomads grazing their goats (see also Todra Gorge).


The Dades Gorge is part of the upper reach of the Dades Valley (which starts close to Skoura) around 2 hours (around 100km) north east of Ourzazate.

The Skoura oasis is set not far south of the High Atlas Mountains about 5 hours’ drive from Marrakech or Taroudant.

Travelling on from Skoura into the desert regions, it is around 45 minutes' drive from Ouarzazate and about 6 hours' drive to the Saharan dunes at Merzouga.