Excursion To Moulay Yacoub
Moulay Yacoub: The village of Moulay Yacoub, located 25 km from the imperial city of Fez in a preserved natural setting, is an inviting place to relax. The unusual landscapes of the Middle Atlas, with its clayey hills with a lunar aspect, make you want long meditative walks, alone, with your partner or with the family. Moulay Yacoub, however, owes its reputation above all to the virtues of the thermal water springing up near the village. Its water is an integral part of Moroccan culture and every year no less than a million visitors come to the traditional thermal baths to enjoy the soothing, purifying and remineralizing benefits of this almost miraculous water. A highlight in Moulay Yacoub is the tomb of Saint Lalla Chafia, the virgin healer and daughter of Moulay Yacoub, buried at the top of the mountain. Lalla Chafia is the object of particular devotion on the part of women experiencing fertility problems. This tomb still attracts many pilgrims and curious people today. The village of Moulay Yacoub is often associated with the sultan Abou Yacoub Ben Youssef who lived in the year 591 of the Hegira, and was according to tradition, instantly cured by the water of this source of the ancient wounds that he bore to the legs. Finally, let us evoke the Moulay Yacoub Guerrab known as “the water carrier” a Muslim stake who would have stopped one evening, 800 years ago, near the source to say a prayer. A wound on his leg began to bleed and the water carrier recognized it as a trait of Allah’s mercy. He delayed his entry into Fez for a few days, stationed near the source and found himself cured. He was then able to resume his way to Mecca, miraculously cleared of his wound.