A wet evening in the desert town of Ouarzazate.
Late in the evening, a thunderstorm is just breaking over the town of Ouarzazate and the last sun is shining for the last time over the houses of the desert town. Ouarzazate lies at about 1120 m between the mountain ranges of the High Atlas and the Anti Atlas. From here a trip to the Draa valley, a river valley full of date palms and beautiful Kasbahs, is worthwhile.
When we arrived it was still warm and the sun was shining. Within a short time the sky turned black and with loud noise and numerous lightnings a two-hour cloudburst went down.
The thunderstorm was so violent that the sewage system was not able to drain the water masses and so within minutes large parts of the city were flooded.
The thunderstorm brought a lot of hail to the end and for half an hour Ourzazate was powdered white.
Ouarazate doesn't offer much, only the Kasbah Taourirt built by Thami El Glaoui at the beginning of the 20th century and the neighbouring Kasbah quarter are worth a visit, which we cancelled on this day.
It is a very large residential castle within whose clay walls members of the Haouza tribe still live today. The Kasbah is also a historically interesting complex, as it housed the palace of El Haouzi, the tribal prince. About one third of the palace building is now open to the public. | Morocco