Tin Mal is a remote mosque in the Atlas mountains. If you have a car brave the dirt roads in the mountains and drive up from Marrakech, the route is beautiful and perfectly safe as long as you abide by one important rule - 'big' has priority, so pull over when a big lorry approaches. In the area close to Tin Mal you'll find little French spoken except at cafes, but the people are friendly and helpful - a meal is easily found but you may have to have the dish the cafe owner is prepared to make - usually a delicious omlette. The mosque is now a monument only, a guide will show you around if it is open but even a view from the outside is worth the trip along the valley road. Inside you can marvel at the solitude, the symmetry and the dedication such a remote mosque must have taken to build. The village there is straight from biblical times, the children only say 'bonjour', unless you can understand berber. Tip generously.
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