Boumalne Dades is a popular tourist destination in Morocco for numerous reasons. Everything you need to know about the city, from its history to its most popular landmarks, is covered in this article.
A brief history of Boumalne Dades
It is difficult to provide precise information concerning the history of Boumalne Dades since there is no written history and much of what is known is based on oral traditions.
Boumalne Dades believes the name originates from Bou l’Male, which signifies a site of commerce and trading, particularly cattle. The name Dades is inspired by the narrative of a nomad who arrived in Boumalne. According to the account, he was famished but couldn’t eat until he paid a fee, despite the fact that the area was famed for its abundance of veggies and fruits. However, after a while, someone approached him and said, “Da Tech,” which means “here, you can eat.” The phrase was later changed to Dades.
According to legend, the area passed through many phases, beginning with the formation of tribes and ending with the formation of alliances. Tribes in Boumalne Dades had many beginnings, according to stories: tribes of black people, white people, Ait Atta, and others. Each tribe has its own way of thinking and customs. It is uncertain who was the first tribe to live in the area.
As a result, the date of settlement cannot be specified. However, it is thought that the earliest residence existed prior to the Jewish Tiylit Castle, which is situated on the right bank of the Dades River.
Where to stay in Boumalne Dades?
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Activities to try in Boumalne Dades
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What to see in Boumalne Dades?
The castle of Jewish Tiylit
Prior to the 1950s, when most Jews left Morocco for Israel, they left a significant cultural footprint throughout the country. Tiylit castle, on the Iourtguine territory on the right bank of the Dades River, was home to the Jewish community. They claim that the Middle Dades sultan Almawla Aba Amran was responsible for coining the name Tiylit for their tribe. When notified that a Jewish tribe had arrived in Dades, he responded with the Amazigh phrase for “leave it be” (Til-yit). Since then, the Jews have referred to them as the Tiylit tribe.
The rose valley
A stunning aspect of Boumalne Dades is the rose valley. In the spring, it’s filled with pink blossoms and the freshest scents. April and May are peak tourist months and are highly recommended. Because of the strong relations between the two towns, the rose festival in Kelàa Megouna serves as a magnet for curious visitors. They are linked by a 30 km roadway, said to be the second-longest in Africa, and have a cultural background that is almost identical.
Mohdach’s Kasbah can be found near the outlying village of Aughrud, in the Boumalne Dades region. It is a symbol of power and colonialism, and everybody interested in history should see it. The locals helped construct it, sometimes working nonstop from sunrise until night.
These sceneries are around 35 kilometers north of Boumalne Dades’s downtown and its surroundings, and daily excursions are planned to explore them. The “monkeys’ fingers” are a region located around 10 kilometers (km) between Boumalne Dades and Ait Sdrat. Due to the large rocks there, the area resembles a labyrinth, and navigating it may be challenging, even for those with an adventurer’s spirit. In addition, along the same route, you’ll find an excellent spot for snapping some photos to remember your journey. The roads and the surrounding pristine wilderness provide for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
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