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Red city, pink mountains

Tafraoute, Morocco

Tafraoute, Morocco

The mountains around Tafraoute is the main attraction. They seem to avoid gravitation, as if they were held up by their sparkling colours alone. Everything is different here, people are less friendly than in most places in Morocco, but the rest stand out with excellence.
Almost no other place in Morocco has inhabitants as proud of keeping their sorroundings proper. The windows of the red houses are framed by white painting, and holds a slight resembling to the monumental architecture of Sana’ in Yemen. But the architecture here is simpler, as the inhabitants are more conservative. Or the simplicity could come from the weak economy in this region, which is based upon revenues sent back home from foreign workers in Europe, and not too profitable agriculture.

By Tore Kjeilen