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LE DERNIER N°
• THE GNAOUA
• ARAB-ANDALUSIAN MUSIC
• HISTORY OF A RELIGION

GUIDO N° 45
• TOWARDS CAPE SIM
• DAR SOLTAN AND BORJ EL OUED
• SHELL FISHING
• THE LMAHALOU SPRING

GUIDO N° 44
• THE ZAOUÏAS
• DOORS HAVE THEIR SECRETS
• DATES AND PALM TREES

GUIDO N° 43
• THE TOWNS OF ESSAOUIRA AND SAINT-MALO: TWIN SISTERS OR MIRROR IMAGES OF EACH OTHER ?
• RAFFIA CRAFT MIRO : AN EXCEPTIONAL DESIGNER
• SAFI COASTAL ROAD KASBAH HAMIDOUCH, AGOUZ, SOUIRA KÉDIMA

GUIDO N° 42
• ETERNAL MAGIC YESTERYEAR MEMORIES TODAY’S IMPRESSIONS - !!!!!
• THE SYNAGOGUE SLAT LKALHAL
• SPICES

GUIDO N° 41
• ESSAOUIRA: « A WORLD WITHIN A TOWN »
• THE NATIONAL TEA MUSEUM IN ESSAOUIRA, A CHINESE AND MOROCCAN PARTNERSHIP
• ESSAOUIRA AND ITS REGION ENHANCED BY THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE ARGAN TREE
• A TOP QUALITY SARDINE

GUIDO N° 40
• UNIQUE MODEL SHIPS IN THE MEDINA!
• AN OUTSTANDING ARGAN TREE! YES, BUT WHY?
• THE DROMEDARY CAMEL AND THE BACTRIAN CAMEL
• LEMONS AND THEIR PROPERTIES

GUIDO N° 39
• EDITO N° 39
• MOULAY HASSAN SQUARE
• BREATHE, SWIM AND MOVE AROUND: SUMMER IS HERE!
• THE GNAOUA AND THE FESTIVAL

GUIDO N° 38
• THE ATTIA SYNAGOGUE: A FUTURE MUSEUM OF JUDAISM?
• THE RETURN OF THE BALD IBIS OR GERONTICUS EREMITA
• AÏN AHJAR OR THE « SOURCE FROM THE ROCKS »

GUIDO N° 37
• PUBLIC LETTER-WRITERS, A LONG LASTING TRADE!!
• THE INLAYERS’ COOPERATIVE
• THE MENZEH (OR WAREHOUSE)
• YENNAYER OR BERBER NEW YEAR OR AMAZIGH
• THE BRIDAL VEIL BROOM OR « BILOUGUI »

GUIDO N° 36
• THE PORTUGUESE CHURCH & THE DANISH CONSULATE
• ELEONORA’S FALCON
• FROM ESSAOUIRA TO SIDI KAOUKI DUNES, DESERTED BEACHES AND FISHERMEN’S VILLAGES

GUIDO N° 35
• REED CRAFTSMEN
• SAFI : THE MEDINA AND THE MARABOUT ALONG THE COAST
• TOWN ZAPPING
• THE TRAVELLER’S TREE OR RAVENALA MADAGASCARIENSIS

GUIDO N° 34
• THE SLAT LAKLHAL SYNAGOGUE
• THE DONKEY: NOT SO STUBBORN!

GUIDO N° 33
• ORGANIC HORSEHAIR : AN OLD STORY!
• FROM OLIVE TO OIL ! : ZITOUN, ZITOUNA, ZIT…
• BLACK OLIVE JAM
• THE TRACKS AROUND SIDI KAOUKI

GUIDO N° 32
• BEACONS AND SEA MARKS : REFERENCE POINTS FOR SAILORS
• WELL BEING CENTRES
• SAFI

GUIDO N° 31
• GNAOUA AND WORLD MUSIC
• A NEW LIFE FOR THE INDUSTRIAL ZONE?
• AZEMMOUR
• THE TAZOTA
• GATHERED IN THE PAPERS AS DAYS WENT BY

GUIDO N° 30
• ESSAOUIRA, THE « EVER-CHANGING »
• THE CAFÉ-HÔTEL AABDI AND THE AABDA TRIBE
• WATCHTOWER-MOUCHARABIEH-PEEPHOLE
• GREEN TOURISM IN IDA OUGOURD
• IN-CITY ZAPPING

GUIDO N° 29
• THE CLOCK
• LA FIXATION DES DUNES À ESSAOUIRA
• THE WATIER STATION - MOULAY BOUZERKTOUN
• BEAUTY SECRETS FROM MOROCCAN WOMEN
• TOWN ZAPPING

GUIDO N° 28
• FESTIVAL OF THE ATLANTIC ANDALUSIAS 2010
• TOWN CHECK
• PARADISE VALLEY

GUIDO N° 27
• THE WOOL SOUK IN ESSAOUIRA, A VANISHING ACTIVITY
• REHABILITATION OF THE ESSAOUIRA MELLAH AND OF THE SCALA AREA
• TAGENZA AND GARA GARA

GUIDO N° 26
• EDITO N° 26
• FLOODING, THE BRIDGES OF DIABET
• THE ZERRAR DAM
• SIDI MOGDUL
• OUALIDIA OR WALIDIA

GUIDO N° 25
• ALICE’S LOOKING GLASS : IOSU URIZ
• THE SOAPS OF MOGADOR

• HAMMAM AND SPA
• ITINERARY IN THE RED TOWN

GUIDO N° 24
• STREET ART
• THE ARGAN OIL FROM SIDI YASSINE
• A TOUR TO NEKNAFA AND ITS « SPA »

GUIDO N° 23
• LOGBOOK ENTRIES : MEMORIES OF THE PORT
• THE SQALAS
• THE WATER
• A TOUR OF THE COASTLINE AROUND ESSAOUIRA

GUIDO N° 22

GUIDO N° 13
• EDITO N° 13

Guido : 38 - AÏN AHJAR OR THE « SOURCE FROM THE ROCKS »

This is a beautiful name for a magic place! The source from the rocks irrigates a large oasis in the north of Essaouira.

There are two ways to get there, the ideal thing being to use one to get there and the other to return in order to enjoy the landscape.
Take the Marrakech road from Essaouira and go to Ounagha where you take the Casablanca road. Five kilometres further on, at the entrance of Had Draa village (where there is a big souk on Sunday mornings) a road on the left leads to the market gardening area of Akermoud rich in water and which is the local fruit and vegetable storehouse. The road winds amidst argan trees, eucalyptus, agaves or prickly pear trees and the area is very green. Exactly ten kilometres further on, on the right, a track leads to the source. There is no sign for it but a big boundary stone marks the entrance. Drive on for two hundred metres and you are there, on a vast esplanade where the wadi flows nearby and is used as a well, men taking turns to draw buckets from it: the irrigation channels or seguias start here.

Under the Protectorate at the beginning of the 20th Century, Europeans and the town authorities created this system of irrigation, an ancestral technique, in order to improve the production of these cultivated zones. Leave the car a bit higher up so you do not spoil the view and wander along the palm trees, the irrigation channels and the olive trees.
On a height stand a blinding white marabout, the Sidi Ali Ben Rhamoun marabout, and its adjoining mosk dominating the valley. It is a true oasis : animals are grazing under the olive trees, plants are growing on terraces under the palm trees, the grass is green, and there are pomegranate trees : nothing is missing!

Big stones hanging sometimes precariously under the marabout gave the name to the place. It is an oasis of coolness surprisingly out of place so near the town of Essaouira : the wind murmurs in the tree leaves, various birds are chirping and the water flows in a constant babble, all exuding a feeling of serenity.

On the esplanade, take the time to wander to the right where the number of big rocks increases, where the earth reddens and where you‘ll discover grindstones carved straight from the rock by local people. A little bit further to the North, the Hadid djebel (the Iron Mountain) stands out and watches over the land.

Leaving Aïn Ahjar, take the track leading to the road and turn right towards the west and the sea. You’ll drive along the oasis and its numerous olive trees.

Drive along 4 kilometres where the road forks out: to the right, towards the village of Akermoud and straight on towards the coastal road to Safi. Another 4 kilometres and you come to the sea, 2 kilometres north of Moulay Bouzerktoun, a village where you can feast your eyes on the ballet of windsurfers and where it is possible to have something to eat facing the ocean, preferably at sunset to end the day in an ocean of beauty. Take left then to go back to Essaouira, the road crossing the vastness of the thuja forest.