Top things to do

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 Zagora

Musée des Arts et Traditions de la Valleé du Draa

Eight kilometres north of town, below a spectacular view point over the palmeraie, follow ‘Musée’ signs to a triple-storey mudbrick home that houses this fascinating desert-culture museum. In the tea salon, you’ll f…
Top Choice Castle in Tamnougalt

Kasbah des Caïds

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

Cooperative des Potiers

Oxidised copper yields the distinctive ‘Tamegroute green’ glaze used on the local pottery, which originated when the Nassiri brotherhood invited craftsmen from Fez to settle in the village. Two families remain, turn…
Medina in Agdz

Caïd’s Kasbah

The 170-year-old kasbah that once belonged to the caïd of Agdz is now owned by his descendants. Stop at the reception of Casbah Caïd Ali next door for admission to the mudbrick structure, and explore a maze of rooms…
Area in Zagora

Amezrou

Zagora’s desert-crossroads culture can be glimpsed in the adjacent village (south of downtown Zagora, across the Oued Draa), where artisans in the historic mellah (Jewish quarter) work good-luck charms from African,…
Mountain in Zagora

Jebel Zagora

This spectacular mountain rises over the Oued Draa – 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 hou…
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 and the flat plain…
Dunes in M’Hamid

Erg Lehoudi

The most easily accessible dunes to M'Hamid are the 100m-high Erg Lihoudi, located 8km northeast of M'Hamid. Characterised by their white river sand because of their proximity to the Draa, they are frequented by a h…
Moroccan in Draa Valley

Bab Sahara

This Peace Corps–certified hotel on Tazenakht's main drag is a popular pit stop for pizza, brochettes and bubbling tajines. It also does a mean nous-nous (half-half) coffee that would almost past muster in an Italia…