Historic Site in Rissani

Ksar Abbar

About a five-minute drive south-west of the centre, along a dirt track behind the yellow shrine you’ll see the fantastic crumbling towers of this 19th-century stronghold, which formerly housed the dynasty’s...

Historic Building in Rissani

Ksar Oulad Abdelhalim

Around 2km south of the yellow shrine on your right, this ruin once called the ‘Alhambra of the Tafilalt’ was built around 1900 for Sultan Moulay Hassan’s elder brother. Walk through the wooden door, then veer...

Ruins in Rissani


Little remains of the once-great city of Sijilmassa – just two decorated gateways and a handful of semi-collapsed structures. But go back to the 8th century and it was a major staging post for trans-Saharan...

Historic Building in Rissani

Ksar El Fida

This enormous, restored Alaouite kasbah (1854–72) served as the palace for the local qaid (chief) right up until 1965, after which it housed a museum of archaeology. Now only the son of the former owner remains...

Historic Building in Rissani

Ksar Tinheras

For a glimpse in to life in a living ksar (fortified village), a resident is sure to find you and offer to show you around its warren of alleyways. It's a standout for its fine views over the sandy plain, studded...

Islamic Shrine in Rissani

Zawiya of Moulay Ali Ash Sharif

About 2km to the southeast of Rissani is this cheery yellow shrine built to honour the Alaouite dynasty’s founder. The Islamic garden is open to non-Muslims, and you can peer through the ornate mosque's doorway.