Top ChoiceDunes in M’Hamid

Erg Chigaga

Erg Chigaga

The area's star attraction is the misnamed Erg Chigaga, not a single dune (erg) but an incredible stretch of golden sand sea some 56km southwest of M'Hamid. It is the largest sand sea in Morocco, snaking along...

Top ChoiceHistoric Building in Tamnougalt

Kasbah des Caids

Tour the Kasbah's maze of rooms with one of the descendants of the original qaid (chief), including his office and hammam, light-filled courtyards and dark secret passageways. It's attached to the ksar (fortified...

Top ChoiceVillage in Zagora


Zagora’s desert-crossroads culture can be glimpsed in the neighbouring village of Amezrou, where the historic mud-brick mellah (Jewish quarter), once home to around 400 Jewish households, is part crumbling, part...

Top ChoiceIslamic Site in Tamegroute

Zawiya Nassiriyya

Non-Muslims cannot visit the green-roofed mausoleum but the remarkable library inside the adjacent Quranic school is open to all – providing the keyholder's around. Among the 4000 ancient manuscripts that remain...

Top ChoiceMoroccan in Zagora

Restaurant Chez Ali

Feast among the flowers at Auberge Chez Ali's lovely garden restaurant, brimming with vibrant bougainvillea and rustling palms – or in a cosy salon on cooler days. The menu is short but perfectly formed, and with...

Mountain in Zagora

Jebel Zagora

This spectacular mountain rises over the Draa River – worth climbing for the views, provided you have stamina, water and sunblock and set off in the early morning. The round trip to Jebel Zagora takes about three...

National Park in Foum Zguid

Iriqui National Park

Morocco’s largest national park – covering a land mass of 123,000 hectares – and uniquely Saharan, Iriqui was created in 1994 to protect the biodiversity of this wild region of arid savanna, dunes and salt flats...

Dunes in M’Hamid

Erg Ezahar

This tall 'screaming' dune set amid a sea of smaller dunes wails eerily when the wind kicks up. Located 65km southwest of M'Hamid, it takes three days to reach it by camel, passing an old marabout (saint's...

Market in M’Hamid

Monday Souq

You'll need to go early to this small, authentic Monday-morning market, where turbaned men haggle over oasis produce and catch up with their nomadic neighbours – by the heat of high noon it's largely over. It's...

Food in Timidarte

Cooperative Kasr Al Hamra

Abderrahim Ougarane returned to his roots to become an artisan producer of date jams and syrup. Enjoy a tasting and leave with jars of this naturally sweet treat, a nomad superfood packed with vitamins and...

Dunes in M’Hamid

El Mesouiria

Located just 8km northwest of M'Hamid, El Mesouiria is an option for an easy overnight camel trek. Dunes range between 60m and 80m in height and are characterised by their white sand and a smattering of tamarisk...

Dunes in M’Hamid

Erg Esmar

This collection of small dunes, rising to just 80m, are well off the main radar with no permanent camps. With its mixture of red and white dunes, it's particularly photogenic at sunset.

Bakery in Zagora

Boulangerie & Patisserie Draa

Just off the main plaza, this top-notch bakery whips up fresh bread as well as sweeter concoctions such as caramel cakes and mille-feuilles, plus prepackaged ice cream treats.

Music in M’Hamid

Sahara Music Festival

This is a new electronic music festival mixing up DJs and dunes, international stars and local Gnaoua musicians, and camel rides with pool parties. Check Facebook for details.

Historic Building in Agdz

Caïd’s Kasbah

The 170-year-old kasbah that once belonged to the qaid (local chief) of Agdz is still run by his descendants. Stop at the reception of Casbah Caïd Ali next door for admission to the mud-brick structure, and...

Showroom in Tamegroute

Maison de Poterie

Abderrahman Bassou will walk you through the rustic pottery-making process, including sitting in a hole in the ground to work the wheel. Oxidised copper in the clay yields the rich green glaze, and the technique...

Religious in Zagora

Moussem of Sufi Moulay Abdelkader Jilali

This moussem (festival in honour of a saint), which takes place at the same time as Mawlid An Nabi (the Prophet Muhammad's birthday), is the Draa's biggest shindig. Members of the Sufi Jilala brotherhood make a...

Museum in M’Hamid

Ethnographic Museum

Inside the Ksar Ouled Driss, 5km before M'Hamid, you'll find this rare example of a 17th-century ksar (fortified village) that still has around 150 families living in it. At this small ethnographic museum,...

Dunes in Tamegroute

Tinfou Dunes

The great sand seas of M'Hamid and Merzouga can make the Tinfou Dunes, around 7km south of Tamegroute, seem like a child's sandbox – especially on busy days, when it can feel like a playground here – but it’s...