Central Morocco attractions

Top Choice Dunes in M’Hamid

Erg Chigaga

The star attraction is the misnamed Erg Chigaga, not a single dune (erg) but an awesome stretch of golden sand sea some 56km southwest of M'Hamid. It is the largest sand sea in Morocco, snaking along the horizon for…
Top Choice Museum in Tinejdad

Musée Sources Lalla Mimoun

This partly outdoor private museum encompasses the fizzing, magnesium-rich springs of Lalla Mimouna and is the passion project of Tinejdad native Zaïd Abbou. Artefacts collected over 30 years – including agricultura…
Top Choice Museum in Tinejdad

Musée de Oasis

Inside restored Ksar El Khorbat is this award-winning museum that traces tribal migrations through 22 rooms of carefully curated artefacts of seminomadic life: saddles worn shiny, contracts inscribed on wooden table…
Top Choice Museum in Zagora

Musée des Arts et Traditions de la Valleé du Draa

Eight kilometres north of town, below a spectacular view point over the palmeraie (palm grove), follow ‘Musée’ signs to a triple-storey mudbrick home that houses this fascinating desert-culture museum. In the tea sa…
Top Choice Monument in Ait Bougmez Valley

Zawiya of Sidi Moussa

For a spectacular sunset, take the road west out of Tabant, and you’ll find the trailhead leading up to this Unesco-heritage site, a zawiya (shrine) of local marabout (saint) Sidi Moussa. You can park near the École…
Top Choice Park in Skoura

Palmeraie

Skoura’s defining features remain its mudbrick kasbahs and vast Unesco-protected palmeraie (palm grove), earning the moniker ‘Oasis of 1000 Palms.’ Under this green canopy, a 15-mile patchwork of carefully tended ga…
Top Choice Museum in Tnine

Ecomusée Berbere

Four kilometres after Tnine, a discreet sign points up a dirt path into the Berber village of Tafza: here the three-storey mudbrick ksar (fortified village) that once housed the local qaid (chief) is now a museum. E…
Top Choice Historic Building in Tamnougalt

Kasbah des Caids

The maze of rooms at Tamnougalt ksar (fortified village) leads through a sizeable mellah (Jewish quarter), dips underground with strategically placed skylights and candle nooks, and emerges into sunny courtyard stab…
Top Choice Historic Site in Telouet

Glaoui Kasbah

The once-glorious stronghold has been left to crumble, and the best indication of Telouet’s former position as the centre of a trans-Saharan trading empire are the 2nd-floor reception rooms. No less than 300 artisan…
Top Choice Mosque in Tizi n’Test

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 a remains an architectural wonder. The mosque is still used for Friday prayers, but on other …