Morocco • Rose Festival
Take a six hour drive south-west of Marrakesh and you will find "Valley of Roses" also known as "El Kelaa M'Gouna.
An extremely pink town with hundreds of stalls, selling everything from slippers, pink soaps, gels and creams, to mint tea and green, pink and orange ice cream with Berber mint tea sellers every year in May at the annual 3 day Rose Festival.
Travellers from all over the world attend this 3 day festival to experience food, dance and music from traditional Berber tribes on the rose perfumed streets with woman wearing traditional head scarves and dresses with bright coloured flowers, young children wearing rose-garlands, the men wearing white turbans and stunning floral decorated floats and camels.
Experience miles and miles of pink Persian roses some of which are transported to factories for oil extraction, leaving a trail of rose scent throughout the town!
Also experience the natural beauty of the Drâa Valley and the High Atlas Mountains.
Valley of Roses is best known for it's sea of pink Persian rose landscapes and its vast distilling plant 'Capp et Florale' which produces litres of Rose Water, which is widely popular for cooking and perfumery in Morocco.
The Rose Festival began and became a tradition after the Damask Rose was brought to Kalaat M'gouna in 1938 by the French.
The Festival is held for rose farmers to celebrate the crops of the year and the to celebrate and appreciate the beauty of nature!
Experience the Rose Festival in Morocco ans be a part of what has gone on to become the most popular and sought after celebration in Morocco!