Demnate (Arabic: دمنات) is a town in central Morocco, located at the foot of the high Atlas Mountains roughly 110 km east of Marrakech. The majority of the population speaks Berber; the local dialect is Tashelheit, as well as Darija and some French. Demnate is the oldest city in the south as it used to be a linking point between the Moroccan south and Marrakech. The Berber villages that surround Demnate are still full of tradition and have some of the most beautiful natural scenes in the entire south. The city is surrounded by beautiful mountains and close-by natural attractions, including the natural land bridge Iminifery, dinosaur traces, and the Ouzoud Falls. One of the highest mountains in Morocco (Rat) is located within miles southwest of Demnate.
has many weavers and is well known for its deposits of red clay which
local artisans make into pottery. Demnate, being a large city, has
recognized local authority many of whom were born in Demnate or close
by. The Qayd has an office at the north end of town. There is a large
and active police station. Electricity is available 24 hours a day,
running water. There is a souk bus station with buses daily to most
major cities. Internet and phone in the home are available for a price.
has three hospitals and a diabetes center. One public hospital, one
children’s hospital, and a TB prevention and treatment center. Some
choose to travel to Marrakesh for major medical treatment. Although the
hospitals are free, herbal and home remedies are common and hospital
visits are for more extreme or chronic diseases. Tap water is treated
and completely safe to drink. People are aware of E. coli and that all meat must be cooked thoroughly. Hand washing happens, but not regularly or correctly.
As far as social institutions that work with the youth Demnate has
three major facilities: the Youth Center, the Environmental Center, and
the Women’s Center. The Youth Center has an active theater group and
computer classes, along with soccer. The environmental center has
expositions on environmental concerns and takes kids on field trips to
the natural land bride.