Unplanned drive through the Vallée des Roses

Not knowing what was ahead of us in the Dades Valley and the Todgha Gorge, we drove passed the Vallée des Roses (Roses Valley) the day before without giving it a second thought. There also wasn’t very much information available on this valley in any travel guides, so it hadn’t really caught our attention.

But after Ali’s son had told us that it was more worth our time than already heading to the Todgha Gorge, we changed our itinerary and drove back a few kilometers to drive the scenic route through the Vallée des Roses anyway.


It was about a half an hour drive in the wrong direction, back to Kalaat M’Gouna, but Ali’s son (I know this must be getting annoying that I don’t know his name! Sorry!) had made us quite curious about this valley, so the extra kilometers didn’t really bother us.

At least they didn’t until we were already halfway through the scenic route in the valley and were wondering what made this place so great. It felt like the Tizi n’ Tichka all over again, and maybe even worse. We knew that we were a bit too early to see the roses in full bloom – for that you have to visit in the months of April and mid-May – but there wasn’t really anything to be seen for a while. We were even considering turning around.

But thank god we didn’t, because patience was the key. Suddenly the landscape changed and we indeed saw the appeal of this valley. It wasn’t anything otherworldly and in some ways quite similar to the Dades Valley, but there were still some views that made us stop and stare for a while. We even enjoyed our pic-nic with that first view here below. So in the end I’m glad we didn’t turn around and drove the entire 12 km through the Roses Valley.


Other than these type of views there isn’t very much more to see, at least not when we were in the area. A few weeks later, there would be much more activity with the roses blooming. Then you can see the women picking these beautiful, fragrant roses and making rose oil and rose water with it. With this valley being the biggest producer in Morocco of this rose oil and water I can only imagine how many there must be. And how incredible the views must be then. It made me quite sad that we were there about a month too early.

So if you can choose a specific time to visit Morocco, I’d say that time of the year – April, May – would be perfect. It’s still not too hot, it won’t limit you in visiting any other sights on your roadtrip and you’ll get to witness these wonderful views with a little pink touch.

Outside of the season it’s a nice detour, but if you’re short on time, I’d skip it and just head straight to the Dades Valley or the Todga Gorge. They are still more impressive and offer more activities. But since we had the time to visit it, I’m glad we drove all the way out there. At least now I’ll never have to wonder if it would have been worth it. And that on its own is already worth a whole lot.

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