The Great Oasis Valleys

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  • 1. Erg Chebbi

    In most cases your hotel is your best bet for an organized tour of Erg Chebbi. Every auberge near the dunes is there because it's...Read More

  • 2. Erg Chigaga

    The splendid Erg Chigaga dunes are the principal reason why visitors make the trek south to M'hamid. Wild, remote, and largely unspoiled, they’re only accessible...Read More

  • 3. Medersa

    Just north of the Zaouia of Sidi Mohammed Ben Naceur is a 17th-century medersa that still lodges 400 students preparing for university studies. The accompanying...Read More

  • 4. Amezrou

    Three km (2 miles) south of Zagora, Amezrou is famous for its Jewish silversmiths, who made decorative jewelry in this small village until the creation...Read More

  • 5. Atlas Studios

    If you're looking for things to do in Ouarzazate, visit Atlas Studios—Morocco's most famous studios—next to the Hotel Oscar. Guided tours start every 45 minutes,...Read More

  • 6. Cascades du Drâa

    Look for the turnoff to the Cascades du Drâa (also known as the Cascades de Tizgui) on the left, 30 km (19 miles) south of...Read More

  • 7. Ceramics Cooperative

    Don't miss Tamegroute's ceramics cooperative at the south end of the library, medersa, and slave quarters. The characteristic rough, green-glazed pottery sold here is all...Read More

  • 8. Dayet Srji

    Near the dunes, this seasonal salt lake is a surprising sight—sometimes you see pink flamingos in early spring....Read More

  • 9. Djebel Sarhro Massif

    The wonderfully panoramic oasis Route 6956/R108 (which becomes 3454/N12 after Tazzarine) is one of the safest, fastest, least crowded roads in Morocco, and it offers...Read More

  • 10. Djebel Zagora

    The town's promontory, capped by an 11th-century Almoravid fortress, is an excellent sunset vantage point—it overlooks the Drâa palmery with the distant Djebel Sarhro Massif...Read More

  • 11. Fint Oasis

    Tarmigte

    About 20 km (12 miles) outside of town, heading south via Tarmigte, the picturesque Fint Oasis is a popular destination for day-trippers. The track leading...Read More

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  • 12. Kasbah Taourirt

    Once a Glaoui palace, the Kasbah Taourirt is the oldest and finest building in Ouarzazate. This rambling edifice was built of pisé (a sun-dried mixture...Read More

  • 13. Ksar Igdâoun

    The truncated pyramidal towers and bastions of the Ksar Igdâoun are visible 15 km (9 miles) past the turnoff onto Route 6956/R108 to Tazzarine. There...Read More

  • 14. Ksar Tissergate Museum

    Tissergate

    Deep within the evocative alleys of the Ksar Tissergate—a 17th-century fortified village—this fascinating museum displays local costumes, agricultural implements, domestic utensils, jewelry, and other artifacts....Read More

  • 15. Ksebt el-Allouj

    The ruins of the ksar Ksebt el-Allouj, dating from the Saadian dynasty, lie across the Drâa riverbed on the other side from the village from...Read More

  • 16. Mt. Kissane

    This outcropping is one of the most prominent natural features in Agdz. The name itself means "glasses" in Arabic, referring to the shape of Moroccan...Read More

  • 17. Museum of Memory

    Douar Ihzgane

    Constructed and entirely funded by schoolteacher Abdelmoula el Moudahab, this small but fascinating private museum houses a collection of traditional Amazigh costumes, artifacts, manuscripts, and...Read More

  • 18. Museum of the Oasis

    This small but ambitious community-oriented spot is well worth a stop if you're driving east from Tinerhir toward Merzouga. Housed in the 19th-century ksar of...Read More

  • 19. Tahiri Museum of Morocco

    Midway between Erfoud and Rissani, this private museum is hard to miss—just look for the giant replica dinosaurs standing outside. Take a peek inside at...Read More

  • 20. Tamnougalt

    Lining virtually the entire Drâa Valley from Agdz to Zagora are some two dozen ksour and kasbahs on both sides of the river. Perhaps the...Read More

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