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Twenty kilometres from Essaouira, toward the south-east, the small village Ida Ougourd is nestled in a green setting. There is one dale after another in a water-rich region, near the Oued Ksob.
For some years now, a true passion for the region has been born. For those who do not go there frequently, they will be surprised to discover the new constructions, individual houses, guest hotels, restaurants or tourist projects that have blossomed.
Neglected up until not so long ago, the region is living a true boom. A region that remains authentic, flowered, sprinkled with saint shrines, such as the ones for Sidi Yassine or Sidi Ibrahim, or the two-saint Aïssa one, a small, astonishing shrine, perched on a hill where the plants and flowers hide an old cemetery made up of a whitewashed wall and two tombs inside, all in dazzling white.
The old sugar refineries nearby display their large ochre earthen walls and may be visited, a vestige of times past. The riverbeds or uncountable mule tracks offer beautiful hikes in an environment full of argan trees, olive trees, fig trees and several other plants.
In springtime, multi-coloured rugs carpet the countryside. The traditional souk is held on Wednesday, in the middle of the village, from whence we have a view of the entire village. A true ocean of greenery at fifteen kilometres from the sea, where inhabitants and strollers appreciate the calm and serenity. The region is well-irrigated, and around ten kilometres higher uphill, the new Zirrar dam is under construction, designed to supply the entire Essaouira region and neighbouring centres. Small oases dot the riverbanks. The route leading to Ida Ougourd, at the exit of Ghazoua, a new city of Essaouira, traverses an argan tree forest.
Parking spaces have been created there for hiker comfort and to avoid wild parking under these protected trees. A laudable initiative! For informed hikers, it is possible to take a hike from the southern Essaouira exit, and to go up the Oued Ksob toward Ida Ougourd. It is not at all uncommon to find ammonites or fossilized tree trunks a few kilometres uphill. Tortoises also occupy the region, and during the wet season, the Oued offers fresh water reservoirs.
Nothing is missing! There is a lot of water; the water supplying Essaouira comes from there. The earth is fertile and everything grows, but above all, its inhabitants are extremely kind. The value of terrains is rising, but attracts more and more individuals and investors. A beautiful region that has known how to ally green tourism and real estate development in a harmonious fashion; at a few minutes from the city, a place to absolutely be visited!