The valley of the vans in Tafraoute, Morocco

Tafraoute is a cool place. I’ve never seen landscape quite like this. The town is super friendly and it just has a good feel about it. I kind of wish I found this place sooner. There’s no trouble with camping in the van here – totally different to the coast.

I came here after Taghazout. See this post: Hanging out in Taghazout – 14 photos of Morocco’s best known surf town

I took the mountain road to Tafraoute

This was a really scenic drive coming from Tiznit at sunset

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I bumped into this guy on the way

I pulled over to get a photo and this blue van pulled up behind me. It’s Gary and Claire. He knew me from the internet. Good to meet you both 🙂

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This is where Tafraoute is…

In the anti-atlas mountains about 90km inland from the coast

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It’s van land, van paradise or van valley

This seems to be a winter destination for hundreds of vandwellers from europe. The floor of this valley is covered with vans, motorhomes and campers.

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I camped here for a couple of nights

You can camp where you want but near the town you pay a guardian 10MAD (about 1 euro) for the night. It’s good and gives peace of mind being able to leave the van all day whilst exploring.

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The small town has everything you need

Internet, hardware shops, groceries, good cafes, information. Oh and you pay local prices.

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Everyone knows someone who can help you

I reversed the van over my bike. Within 10 minutes I found a guy who could rebuild the front wheel. I picked it up the next day and it cost me 100MAD – like 10 Euro! he did a great job as well.

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People come to get work done on their vans… or even to get a whole new paint job

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The landscape is really cool

This is Napoleon’s hat in the village of Agard Oudad 2km south of Tafraoute. It’s a popular spot for climbers

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Can you see the lions face in the rocks?

This is a popular climbing area in the Ameln Valley

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This whole area is also really good for cycling and hiking

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And a few km down this road is the blue rocks

But I’ll show you this in a new post – see this post: Wildcamping paradise by the blue rocks in Morocco

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All the locals are so welcoming here. They will shake your hand in the street – and without wanting to sell you something afterwards. I think this place is a must visit. I could probably spend a whole winter down in this valley. I love it and I recommend it, especially if you’re in a van.

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