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 ChoiceMuseum in Tinejdad

Musée des Sources de Lalla Mimouna

This indoor/outdoor private museum is the passion project of Tinejdad native Zaid Abbou, built around the fizzing, magnesium-rich springs of Lalla Mimouna. Artefacts collected over 40 years – including ceramics,...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Tinejdad

Musée de Oasis

Inside the Ksar El Khorbat, this award-winning museum traces tribal migrations through 22 rooms of carefully curated artefacts of seminomadic life: saddles worn shiny, contracts inscribed on wooden tablets in...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Tnine

Ecomusée Berbère

Four kilometres past Tnine, a discreet sign points up a dirt path into the Amazigh (Berber) village of Tafza, where the three-storey mud-brick ksar (fortified village) that once housed the local qaid (chief) is...

Top ChoiceGardens in Ourika Valley

Anima Garden

Anima Garden

Nestled in the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains, Anima Garden is a space designed by multimedia artist André Heller. Surprising sculptures referencing local and international themes are hidden among the...

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 ChoiceHistoric Site in Telouet

Glaoui Kasbah

The once-glorious stronghold has been left to crumble, but the best indication of Telouet’s former position as the centre of a trans-Saharan trading empire are the ornate 2nd-floor reception rooms. No less than...

Top ChoiceHistoric Building in Ouarzazate

Taourirt Kasbah

Unlike other Glaoui-era kasbahs, Taourirt escaped ruin by moonlighting as a Hollywood backdrop (Sheltering Sky, Gladiator, Prince of Persia) and attracting the attention of Unesco, which has carefully restored...

Top ChoiceArea in Skoura

Palmeraie

Skoura’s beautiful Unesco-protected palmeraie (palm grove) has been dubbed ‘Oasis of 1000 Palms’. Under the green canopy, a 15-mile patchwork of plots are watered by an ingenious, centuries-old khettara...

Top ChoiceVillage in Zagora

Amezrou

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 ChoiceMosque in Ijoukak

Tin Mal Mosque

This Almohad-era mosque was built in 1156 in honour of the dynasty’s strict spiritual leader, Mohammed Ibn Tumart, and it remains an architectural wonder. The mosque is still used for Friday prayers, but on other...

Top ChoiceDunes in Merzouga

Erg Chebbi

Shape-shifting over 28km from north to south and reaching heights of 160m, the great sand sea of Erg Chebbi is extraordinarily scenic. The rose-gold dunes rise dramatically above a pancake-flat, grey hamada...

Top ChoiceHistoric Building in Zaouiat Ahansal

Ait Sidi Moulay Igherm

The largest building in Zaouiat Ahansal dominates the surrounding village. Still home to the saint's descendants, the village's oldest building also serves as a hostel to pilgrims who visit the area.

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...

Historic Building in Ouarzazate

Tifoultoute Kasbah

Built in the 17th century and extended by the Glaoui clan in the 18th, this commanding hilltop kasbah has now been converted into a privately owned restaurant (open to diners till midnight), with tables scattered...

Historic Building in Skoura

Kasbah Amridil

One of Morocco’s grandest kasbahs, this 17th-century marvel once appeared on the Dh50 note. Signposted just a few hundred metres from the main road, this living museum showcases traditional kasbah life over the...

Waterfall in Ouzoud Falls

Cascades d'Ouzoud

The many-tiered Cascades d’Ouzoud are stunningly beautiful, with several distinct falls, the largest a massive 100m drop. The area is also one of the most popular day trips from Marrakesh, so be prepared to not...

Village in Tinejdad

Ksar El Khorbat

This spectacular example of a mid-19th-century fortified village was crumbling to dust when it underwent a major restoration using traditional techniques and materials, as well as adding a few contemporary...

Gardens in Tnine

Safranerie de l'Ourika

Almost anything thrives in Ourika’s rich soil, including saffron, organically grown here from bulbs that are cultivated near Talouine. Saffron is a high-maintenance plant, with flowers harvested before dawn for...