0345. Tongue Twister City (Mor 178--new)

Kelaa Sraghna Travel Blog

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I was planning to continue on to Ould Zidouh, the next town down the road.  But a bus heading to Kelaa Sraghna, a bit further south, came by first, so I decide to go ahead and hop on.

Kelaa Sraghna is a fully fledged city—with miles of brand new 4 story houses—typical of Moroccan emigrants to Europe... It even has a fancy upper class neighbourhoods with large villas...

I get off at the very edge of town, so I can hike all the way in.  There’s a long boulevard being spruced up.  Unfortunately, the buildings are far back from the road, making it a bit hard to walk in the shade. 

I reach the bustling center of town and continue on the highway down another wide highway lined with park benches... A couple of hills jazz up the landscape just a little bit.

I go ahead and play my set, then head back into town.

  I really hope I’ll be able to find a hotel cheap hotel here—if not, I might have to continue on all the way to Marrakech—which is still a good bit out of my way.  Even though it’s quite boring, I really do want to fully experience this Central Plains region...

I hike up and down the very crowded market district with no signs of any hotels.  Finally I decide to ask for help... After 10-15 directions requests, I finally find myself in front of a café with a barely legible sign above that says “hotel”.

It looks like I’ll be able to stay the night here after all.

After I settle in, I head out to enjoy all sorts of delicious snacks as I amble up and down the market alleys—fresh nectarines... delicious harira... fresh pastries... my favorite: cow head sandwich...

I hike to the northwestern end of town, through active neighbourhoods, sleepy vacation home neighbourhoods of emigrants... until I feel I’ve fully experienced Kelaa Sraghna—which I must add, has the most hard to pronounce name of any large city in Morocco...

I finally settle in, quite satisfied with my day’s tour of the Moroccan flatlands...

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Kelaa Sraghna
photo by: nathanphil