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“Nice village by the desert”
Review of Tamegroute

Tamegroute
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$100.65*
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2-Day Sahara Desert from Marrakech including...
Ranked #3 of 21 things to do in Zagora
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Owner description: Excursions dans le sud du Maroc et dans le desert, decouverte du peuple berbere, stages de darbouka, de cuisine marocaine et de poterie. / Trips in the South of Morocco and in the desert, discovery of Berber culture, workshops of cookery, darbouka drums and pottery.
Reviewed July 15, 2013

We went as far as Tamegroute from Zagora as the road to Mhamid was under construction and it was in a bed state. We had lunch in Tamegroute which was fine but we did not see much from it.

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Reviewed April 9, 2013

One of the purposes for going this far south was to visit the wonderful old library near here and it did not disappoint. Anyone the slightest bit interested in ancient books or manuscripts or record keeping should have a look. Inspiring. The building these days is modern in a quite large complex which includes an infirmary and lslamic college. We had a one of the students as a guide to show us through but there was also an old professor/guardian on duty who assisted with explanations - stern but with a sense of humour, he also proudly showed us these amazing old books. Quite memorable - will our digital records still be around as long as these old books? One wonders.

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Reviewed January 15, 2013

Go to this town from Zagora and visit the fascinating desert library. The people that work there can guide you (donate some money to them!). The green ceramics made in the town are also very nice (better to buy here than in Marrakech).

2  Thank klasherman
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Reviewed December 20, 2012

It was fascinating to watch how the green ceramic is made, however we suggested that they charge us as we found it very annoying that everyone was asking us for money, specially if you take a picture. So, we have suggested that the cooperative come together as a whole, and charge an entrance fee, and distribute it amongst the community so that tourists don't feel overwhelmed by all the begging...just an idea to help the community, and maintain the tourists coming in. The library was closed when we visited but apparently that is the library where many come to learn the Quoran.

1  Thank Gnatercia
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Reviewed June 23, 2012

We arrived for a brief tour of Tamegroute after spending the night at Tinfou Dunes. We were given a guided tour of the home of Zaouia Naciria the religious shrine that was founded in the 17th Century and houses a library of religious books some of which date back to the 13th Century. The guide told us that people around the square who appeared to be sleeping had come to the site from far and wide. I wasn't too sure that these people may just have been homeless. We then were taken through the old town and shown the housing which is made of clay and straw which helps keep the houses cool in summer and warm in winter. Temperatures in this region can be in excess of 50 degrees celcius in summer! He told us that the poeple living here were amongst some of the poorest in the town and did not have running water. The streets were dark and at times we had no idea where we were. The homes are so basic and dark, but women are sweeping and trying to keep the area clean. There were many children following us and begging for money. We had been told not to give them any money, but to spend the money in the local potteries instead as this helps the community more. We had been told that we would see child workers around the potteries and this was normal in this region as they are learning a trade. New laws in Morrocco state that children must attend school from the age of 6 to 15 and laws surround how many hours that a child under a certain age can work.
We then visited the local co-op pottery and given a demonstration and shown the processes. The finished work was beautiful and if I hadn't brought so much with me in my suitcase from the UK I would loved to have brought more back with me. I settled on a medium sized decorative plate with cost me 140 DHS (about £10).
I enjoyed my visit to Tamegroute and the surrounding area where I feel I got to see a more traditional Morroccan way of life. Makes you appreciate how lucky we are in our hotels in Marrakesh with our huge swimming pools and running water.

2  Thank HeatherS82
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