Welcome to Tinghir, a beautiful city located in the Drâa-Tafilalet region of central Morocco. Also known as Tinerhir, this city is situated south of the High Atlas and north of the Little Atlas, making it a perfect destination for those who love nature and adventure. Tinghir is the capital of Tinghir Province and has a population of 42,044, according to the 2014 census. The predominant ethnic group is Amazighs, and the city is at the center of one of the most attractive oases in southern Morocco.
One of the main attractions of Tinghir is its lush palm oasis, which covers about 30 miles (48 km) on 500-to-1,500-metre (550 to 1,640 yd)-wide tracts along the Wadi Todgha. The palm oasis is dense and widespread, irrigated by a network of pipes and irrigation canals. Occasional heavy rains are absorbed in a few days, making it a perfect place to visit all year round.
Apart from the palm oasis, Tinghir is also known for its agriculture, trade, and tourism. The city has a thriving economy, and many families live on money sent home by relatives working in Europe. Social and cultural activities are increasing, and education projects for young children are increasing in many villages, as well as literacy projects aimed at adults (particularly women). These projects are supported by local and nongovernmental organisations.
Tinghir is an oasis about 30 kilometres (19 mi) long and about 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) wide. The climate is arid subtropical: hot, dry winters about altitude (1,430 metres (4,690 ft)). There are a few rainy days per year, with the greatest precipitation in fall and winter. The Tinghir region is wedged between two mountain ranges, stretching over 700 kilometres (430 mi) southwest to northeast Morocco: the High Atlas in the north, with a high peak of over 4,167 metres (13,671 ft), and the Little Atlas in the south. The road from Ouarzazate to Imtghren parallels the mountains. During the Mesozoic the region was invaded by the sea, where thick deposits of sediments rich in marine fossils (particularly of the ammonitida class). The uplift of the Atlas Mountains (primarily during the Neogene) caused the withdrawal of the sea and the deformation of rocks into folds and faults. Wind and river erosion eventually shaped the desert landscape of limestone and clay. The Todgha River has widened these layers of rock, giving rise to canyons 300 metres (980 ft) high but in some places only 10 metres (33 ft) wide. The river widens, developing an oasis edged with the red ochre of the desert.
In 2009, King Mohammed VI gave his approval to make Tinghir an administrative center, an initiative that met the needs of its inhabitants; it provides a legal and institutional framework for the reform of territorial administration based on good governance and local self-administration.
If you’re planning a trip to Morocco, Tinghir is a must-visit destination. With its stunning natural beauty, rich culture, and warm hospitality, Tinghir is sure to leave a lasting impression on you. Book your trip today and experience the magic of Tinghir for yourself!