We return to Marrakech via the Dades Valley, along the famous “Road of the Kasbahs” then over the Tizi n’Tichka to Imlil at the foot of Toubkal. We stay overnight in a comfortable gite at Ait Soukha.
DO YOU KNOW: A strategic mass demonstration was coordinated by the Moroccan government in November 1975 to press Spain to hand over the disputed, Spanish Province of Sahara to Morocco. The demonstration of some 350,000 Moroccans advanced several miles into the Western Sahara territory, escorted by near 20,000 Moroccan troops, and met very little response by opposition forces. What was the name of that demonstration?
ANSWER: The Green March
DID YOU KNOW: A Kasbah was a place for a local leader to live and a defense when a city was under attack. Kasbahs have high walls, usually without windows, and sometimes they were built on hilltops so that they could be more easily defended. Some were placed near the entrance to harbors.
Having a Kasbah built was a sign of wealth of some families in the city. Almost all cities had a Kasbah, which was seen as something necessary for a city to survive.