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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.