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New York Times: The Drâa valley in the Top 10 idyllic destinations

New York Times: The Drâa valley in the Top 10 ‘Idyllic’ destinations.

New York Times: The Drâa valley in the Top 10 idyllic destinations

This year,The New York Times Style Magazine has listed Morocco’s Draa  Valley among the 10 Most Idyllic Destinations to visit in 2019.

The New York Times Style magazine devoted long travel diaries to the region highlighting the kingdom's natural diversity and its millennial past, under the title: "In Search of the Ancient Maghreb."

“South of Marrakech, the Drâa valley still exerts an indefinable attraction by preserving the traces of its Berber kingdom, now almost gone,” wrote the author of this  article, the writer and journalist Aatish Taseer, who returned on his spiritual journey to the door of the Moroccan desert.

“We climbed the Atlas towards the south-east via Tizi n’Tichka, a road renowned for its panoramic landscapes and its steep spiral slopes”, says the author who was accompanied by a local guide after landing in Marrakech, noting that “the Atlas belt that gives Morocco its twisted thorn also serves as a barrier between the worlds”.

Describing Morocco, the author writes that “half of this country faces the sea, under the influence of Phenicia, Carthage and Rome; the other half contemplates an ocean of sand, a world in its own right,” adding that “Arabia and Islam, from the east, have merged into the oldest element of the syncretic character of Morocco, the Berbers”.

The Oued Drâa is considered to be the longest Moroccan river.stems from the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco, and cuts the desert to flow into the Atlantic Ocean near Tan Tan .

Sitting deep in southern Morocco, the valley is home to green plains, and long palm trees that look down at the river, Draa, considered Morocco’s largest.

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