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Joining the north to the rest

Route de l'Unite, Morocco

Route de l'Unite, Morocco

The beautiful village of Aïn-Aïcha. Most of the village is modern and boring, but across the river the old parts live on.

Route de l'Unite, Morocco

Just south of Ketama, in an area where the police have no control and hashish is sold by children along the street.

There are two reasons why you might go on this little used stretch of 150 km of road between Ketama and Fez: It is one the most important symbols of Moroccan independence and it offers great scenery. If your in a hurry to get between the Rif region and Fez area, other itineraries are far quicker.
At the dawn of Moroccan independence in the 1950s, there was no road connecting Fez (which had been under French rule) and the Rif Mountains (which had been a Spanish colony). It was with great idealism that the young nation started building the road. The 15,000 men in the project worked through the mornings, and had university lectures in the afternoons. But today, the road is not much used, and old symbols have since long faded.
The scenery of Rif Mountains is great here, and there are several reasons to stop in some of the villages along the route. Taounate is the main village out here, and it therefore has a huge market every Friday. Tissa has an annual horsefair in the beginning of October. If you come this way in December, you should stop by Rafsaï, in order to attend the olive festival.

Hotels and alternatives
There is a simple hotel in Taounate.

Restaurants and alternatives
Little, you will have to go for simple food in cafés.

There is a bus doing the stretch between Fez and Ketama.

By Tore Kjeilen