The province of Taounate
The province has significant tourist potential that can attract a growing number of tourists, both domestic and foreign.
Landscapes made up of forests, snow-capped mountains in winter, historic sites such as ancient fortresses, idyllic places for relaxation and inspiration such as the Al Wahda and Idriss I dams with their huge lake, The natural sites of Ghafsai and Bouadel and its transparent waters, various events such as the festival of the horse in Tissa, moussems organized by the local population to honor the Saints of the province of which the most famous is Moulay Bouchta Lkhamar, are so many events and sites that promotes local sustainable tourism.
In addition to these assets, the reliefs and vast provincial forest areas offer great possibilities for hunting wild boars and partridges.
Here is, furthermore, the mais attractions of the province
Bouadel Natural Site
Splendid and transparent waters, in a site of exceptional beauty. Nestled amidst a mountainous terrain, the natural site of Bouadel is of a unique assets diversity and, remains the ideal place for swimming and refreshment during weather heat waves.
All visitors succumb to the charm of this natural site with its falls, lush greenery, mild climate and a welcoming population. Bouadel, long considered a holiday resort for the inhabitants of the province of Taounate, has now become a tourist destination with a national vocation par excellence.
Véritable havre de paix, cette localité est l’une des perles de la montagne, niché dans un décor féérique au sein d’une nature splendide. Le panorama est unique avec ses rivières, sa forêt dont la faune est reine, et des falaises abruptes. Ce spectacle ne laisse pas indifférent le visiteur. Le panorama vaut le détour.
As a real haven of peace, this locality is one of the pearls of the mountain, nestled in a magical setting within a splendid nature. The panorama is unique with its rivers, forest where fauna is predominant , and steep cliffs. The picture will charm the visitor. The panorama is well worth visiting .
Al Wahda Dam
This is the ideal place for fishing in fresh water, or for spending good times in a generous picnic between families or friends. The artificial lake formed by the reservoir of the waters is of exceptional splendor, a place of great serenity. It is located on Oued Ouergha.
This locality hosts One of the biggest festivals of Horse riding. Located between Fes and Taounate, on the border of the Rif region, Tissa welcomes every summer thousands of visitors and festival-fans, some of whom come to buy and sell their horses. Organized every year at the end of the summer, this fantasia, unique in its devotion for horses, perpetuates the role devolved to the horse within the tribes of Al Hyayna, namely a mark of social success, and a basic element For their rejoicing. Its organization is ensured by the breeders and includes several activities including a fair, sometimes a circus, a huge souk, and finally the most important is the fantasia “TBORIDA”. A breath taking show.
Nestled at 2456meters above sea level, 74 kilometers from Taounate, Tidghine is one of the highest mountains of the Rif. Thanks to its panoramic view, the site is particularly frequented by seasoned hikers, especially in spring and summer. It takes about 3 hours of walking to reach the peaks. From here up, the scenery is simply magical with a view of the Katama mountains stretching as far as the eye can see. In winter, the mountain is snowy.
It is a small locality, nestled on the banks of the El Wahda dam, 40 km from Taounate where nature is abundant and invites to escape. The sight is of exceptional splendor. The big souk on Saturdays, attracts local merchants who come to sell their local produce, as well as visitors who want to enjoy the panorama or have tea in the countless cafes and local shops.
Ain Aicha is a very attractive small village , by its geographical position and the habits and customs of the inhabitants. An exceptional ecotourism that is clearly noticeable, as soon as you lunch in one of the cafés of this regional crossroads.
The forteresses of Taounate
There are many of them and give an idea of the presence of certain tribes in the province, namely; the Zaouya Slass and Taourta located in Rhafsai, Méziate, Od Yakhlam and Tam from Sidi Bouzid to Taounate, and the fortress Od Ahmed built in Tissa.
The natural population of fish consisted of barbs (still abundant) and eels and shad (extinct); The introduced stand consists of 6 species: Common Carp, Black-bass, Blue-gill, Pike perch, Rotengle and, recently introduced, Silver Carp.
Approximately forty species of birds reported in winter, for a total not exceeding 4000 birds. The most regular of these are the Black-headed Gull (up to 1800), the Colvert (1000), the Teal (300), the Pilet (200), the Whistler (200), the Souchet (150), Grebe (120), Tadorne casarca (10), Tadorne de Belon (40), Common Crane (700), the White Stork (24) and the Gray Heron (20) and the Limicoles (<1000 individuals: Golden Plover, Sandpiper, Sandpiper, Grave-lot with interrupted collar, Little Grave-lot, Great Lapwing, Screech Oeddemus, Avocet, Snipe White, Common Knight, Red Knight). We have seen frequent and low numbers: Little Grebe, Tufted Duck, Great Cormorant, Crested Cormorant, Brown-backed Gull and Harrier of the Reeds, not to mention some accidental but interesting presence: White Spatula Black-necked Grebe, Osprey.
The figs of the region, known as “Mtioua figs”, are so popular that their marketing in regional and national towns is convenient. The region is also known for its organic cereals, as few farmers are using fertilizers, chemical pesticides or hybrid seeds. Valorisation must concern local products, in particular apricots, olives, honey and medicinal plants, which make the region known, with a view to improving the living conditions of the populations and involving them in local development.
The economy of the region is based mainly on agriculture and livestock. The province of Taounate is divided into two distinct parts:
– The northern part with mountainous relief, covering about 40% of the total area of the province, its altitudes vary from 100 meters to 1800 meters. It is crossed by six large wadis (rivers) constituting the main tributaries of Wadi Ouergha .
– The southern part with valleyed relief, covers an area of 3300km2 surround. The altitudes vary from 1000meters in the jbel Zeddour, to 150meters along the wadi Inaoun.