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About us

SUSTAINABLE TOURISM IN CHEFCHAOUEN PROVINCE

In Gite Talassemtane, run by Fatima and her family, you will stay with an authentic Jebli Berber family of the Rif Mountains. They save you the warmest welcome and will enthusiastically share their culture and traditions with you, all in a preserved nature…
Jbala as the name indicates are “mountaineers” or “the inhabitants of the Rif Mountains”. These people were famous for pottery making. It was basically a technical expertise of Berber women and was designed to meet the household needs. Formerly, they used clay containers as storage of dry agricultural products, animal feeding and transporting grain to mill. Along the days, walks and hikes take you to the heart of villages, to meet the community that’s preserved from the modern world to better transmit its traditions and culture


JBALA LOCAL PRODUCTS AND COOPERATIVES

In our place, local product use implies supporting and preserving the environment. It also supports the local economy, as well as benefiting our customers of fresh product and the regional specialties.
Our goal is to support the coops and to provide our guests with good quality food. The province is very famous for the richness and high quality of its products. Various producers and cooperatives, supported by the government and nonprofit organization, are deeply engaged in producing high quality local product (olive oil, goat cheese, dry fruits, honey, etc). In addition, this territory is part of the intercontinental biosphere reserve of Mediterranean that was recognized by UNESCO in October 2006. Our Mediterranean diet has become a UNESCO heritage.


OUR COMMITMENT TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE TOURISM

Both its design and functioning fit in with our commitment to a tourism factor of sustainable development:

  • Use of traditional materials of the region,
  • Use of local products
  • Creation of direct and indirect income in the village
  • Direct assistance for local development association, thanks to your donation
  • Preservation of heritage, culture and traditions
  • Organization of sensibilization campaign towards environment


OUR VISION

  • Promote comfortable, friendly holiday stays and provide a different way of traveling,
  • Meet the special needs of holidaymakers seeking authentic, convivial holidays in natural settings, peace and quiet, novelty and wide-open spaces,
  • Help to preserve and promote the Moroccan countryside and its special cultural heritage,
  • Participate in local development and bring stability to the rural population by providing additional resources through tourism.
  • Participate and enhance Jbala culinary and handicraft heritage through promotion, use and commercialization of local products and crafts


SOME ADVICES

As in all trips, the behavior of the traveler is the guarantee of a certain authenticity. Never forget that you are a guest and that you have to observe local customs since you’ll be in a region that’s preserved from mass tourism.
During your hike you will be in touch with a friendly population. But the greatest service you can offer is never distribute pens, sweets or coins. You can give school supplies, clothes, etc. to our association. We will hand them out to teachers and villagers.
Avoid light clothing that might offend: shorts, low neckline clothes… The ideal is to have convertible pants in short, for a correct look passing through the villages.
If you see shoes near the door, take off yours before entering the room. When you take pictures, respect the inhabitants and their privacy. Be discrete or simply ask the permission with a smile. This is the best way to establish contact with the population.
Respect the sacred places, cemeteries, marabou …
Avoid kissing in public


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