Morocco - Ikiss
The village of Ikiss is found
on the road between Marrakech and
Ouarzazate in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco.
Situated on the side of the valley, the red stone
from which the village is constructed is mined from the hills
behind. Below the village (which is split by the road) the crops
are irrigated by the river which has shaped the valley over
The terraces holding wheat
and barley for the yearly harvest are found clinging to the
valley side, this life line for the village has been protected
over the generations; the remains of a fort can be found below
The walls have been eroded over time, leaving only
the central strong hold as a memory of times gone by. The fort
was one of the extensive lines of defence for Marrakech only 150km away.
The local mosque stands out against
the red of the village. The integrate work on the spire a masterpiece
in contrast to the harsh rock. A walk around the village is
a must. The village is not used to the tourist trade, so smile
and say thankyou for a unique experience.
The main source of income for
the village is the natural reserve of geodes which are found behind the village. When you are in the village
wait until sun down, the drums will give you the rhythm as the
hunters relax after a hard day on the hill. The mint tea will
flow from the never ending pot as the Berber voices cut through
the clear air.