Draa valley

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The water of Draa is used to irrigate palm groves oasis and small farms along the river. The inhabitants of the Draa called Drawa. Outside of the Draa region, this name is mostly used to refer to the dark-skinned people of the Draa, which make up the largest portion of its inhabitants.

About 225,000 people live in the valley of the Draa. The valley corresponds with the province of Zagora, in the province, there are 23 villages and two towns, Zagora and Agdz. The famous Zawiya Naciria is also located near the Draa in Tamegroute village.

The famous village of Tamegroute, is known as one of the biggest Zaouia in Morocco, Zaouia Nacira, and also by the green pottery.


The making of Tamegroute pottery

The Upper Draa River valley, about 200 kilometreslong, consists of six major stretches oases of palm groves


New York Times

In Search of Ancient Morocco

THE SHAMROCK GREEN of Casablanca graded into a flat plain of beige. From the tarmac itself, I could see the beige run into a towering wall of white — the Atlas Mountains. Edith Wharton, in her 1920 travelogue, “In Morocco,” had felt herself fall under the spell of the Atlas and the desert beyond as well. “Unknown Africa,” she writes, “seems much nearer to Morocco than to the white towns of Tunis and the smiling oases of South Algeria. One feels the nearness of Marrakech at Fez, and at Marrakech that of Timbuctoo.” … Read more

Oasis Draa valley