Ait Kine, located about fifty kilometers north of Tata, is an authentic and quiet douar. Walking through its alleys reveals an architectural treasure of unrivaled significance. Agadir Ait Kine, a centuries-old collective attic in perfect condition, and is still completely functional. A once-in-a-lifetime achievement made possible by the significant renovation work done in strict accordance with the original architecture.
The Agadir Ait Kine, in all beauty, opens its door to you, and takes you on a timeless journey, to discover the ancestral tradition of the Igoudar.
Agadir Ait Kine has the look of a fortress; it is surrounded by majestic wall flanked by two watchtowers that can only be crossed through a tightly closed gate. Inside, dozens of huts are arranged on three floors around a big courtyard dominated by an old tree. Palm tree trunks are everywhere, serving as ceilings as well as staircases to the upper huts.
Agadir is a gathering area for the people of the douar, as well as a storage warehouse whose right of usage is passed down from generation to generation. Wedding ceremonies, religious festivities, and social events are all held there.
Dar Lmrabtin, a magnificent traditional house leaning against the attic, is also worth visiting.
The Agadir, which dates back to the 18th century, is undergoing a complete renovation which began in 2004, which restored it to its former glory. A remarkable effort led by architect Salma Naji, who is committed to preserving the region’s architectural heritage.
When visiting Agadir Ait Kine, you will undoubtedly pass through Tleta Tagmoute. The village follows a spectacular oasis that spreads for several kilometers at the foot of the Anti-Atlas desert massifs. A lush palm grove watered by an ancestral irrigation system (Seguias), including fruit trees, cereal farms, and aromatic herb fields.
A walk is therefore necessary, because one cannot remain indifferent in the presence of such a marvel. As you go through the fields, you will get the opportunity to meet the friendly locals, who will explain how life in the oases works over a cup of tea.
Although the oasis and mountain Igoudars serve the same purpose, the materials used in their construction are completely different.
The oases’ collective granaries are in fact made of terracotta, with palm trunks serving as ceilings and stairs.
While in the Anti-Atlas, rock is more dominating and is used to build walls and ramparts. The built-in flat stones serve as staires.