There are two main festivals that take place in Tafraoute. Don’t miss them if you’re traveling in Morocco when they occur. One is the Almond Blossom Festival, held in the second week of February when the almond trees in the region are blossoming. Berber music and dance are performed live each night along with delicious Berber foods. The second festival is the Tafraoute Summer Music Festival, a three-day event held in August. The festival features local bands, musicians, and artists from all over Morocco and is open to the public.
Its off-the-beaten-path location makes Tafrauote a secluded and peaceful town. The idyllic natural landscape and a refreshing swimming pool are all you will need to take a break during the hot summer days. Best of all, you don’t need to worry about faux guides or hassling shop keepers: there are practically none in this safe Moroccan haven.
If you are looking for a completely authentic hammam experience, Tafraoute is one of the best places to try this Moroccan ritual. There are a few places around town where you can indulge yourself for an afternoon but the favorite spot for locals is the Old Hammam located just behind the market.
Wednesday is market day in Tafraoute and local merchants gather in the town center to sell their goods. You will also find woodwork, leather, silver bracelets, earrings, and other interesting items on sale all for a much cheaper price than in the souks of Agadir, Marrakesh or Fez.
Amlou is a mixture of almonds, olive oil, argan oil, and other natural ingredients usually served for breakfast or as a snack with bread at different times of the day. In Tafrouate, local ingredients are added to make this dip even more unique. A must try if you’re visiting.
Hiking and Trekking
The red-granite mountains that surround Tafraoute are not a walk in the park, so they’re not recommended for light walkers or beginner hikers. However, if you are looking to get in some physical exercise and get to know one of Morocco’s most spectacular regions, Tafraoute and the Anti-Atlas Mountains offer numerous possibilities, including Jebel Kest, the highest peak in the region.
There are a few places in Tafraoute that offer bike rental services. If you want to explore some of the surrounding areas on two wheels grab a map, hire a guide, and you will be all set to go. The road from Tiznit to Tafraoute offers some of the best cycling conditions in Morocco and astounding views – just be prepared for anything!