UNESCO World Heritage Site in M’Zab Valley, Destinations, Algeria
In 1982, UNESCO recognized the M’Zab Valley as a World Heritage Site, not only because of its beauty, but the significance of the towns and villages that are located within this region of Algeria. The towns have adapted to suit their environment, while using traditional and ingenious methods to create environmentally friendly structures that blend into the landscapes of the M’Zab Valley. Situated approximately five hundred kilometers outside of Algiers, the M’Zab Valley can be found in the Northern Saharan region of the country.
The historical presence of ancient tribes can be seen through out the valley as symbols adorn various rocks and features in the valley. The walled villages in the M’Zab Valley each have their own unique structures that serve as attractions to their settlement, much as mosques, minaret towers or the layout of the homes, which are usually constructed to circle the mosque. Many of them serve as a welcoming oasis to travelers, with breathtaking palm groves supplying a cool place to rest, and a living to the residents of the village. As the valley provides fertile land for the towns to plant their palm plantations, it is a picturesque region, from start to finish. Tradesmen and souvenir shop owners are very convincing and tourists will often end up buying a few more items then intended. Visiting the M’Zab Valley is a rewarding and memorable region, where locals are friendly and sights are awe inspiring.