Top things to do in Rissani

Ruins in Rissani


Just before you reach Rissani are the ruins of Sijilmassa, the capital of the first virtually independent Islamic principality in the south. Its foundation is lost in myth, but by the end of the 8th century it was a…
Historic Building in Rissani

Ksar Oulad Abdelhalim

About 1km past the zawiya (shrine to a saint) on your right, this glorious ruin once called the ‘Alhambra of the Tafilalt’ was built around 1900 for Sultan Moulay Hassan’s elder brother. Walk through the wooden door…
Historic Site in Rissani

Ksar Abbar

Behind the zawiya (shrine to a saint) along a dirt track you’ll see the fantastic crumbling towers of this 19th-century stronghold, which formerly housed the dynasty’s disgraced or unwanted members and – just like t…
Historic Building in Rissani

Ksar El Fida

This enormous, restored Alawite 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 and i…
Islamic Shrine in Rissani

Zawiya Moulay Ali Ash Sharif

About 2km to the southeast of Rissani is this cheering yellow shrine built to honour the Alawite dynasty’s founder. It's open to non-Muslims.
Historic Building in Rissani

Ksar Tinheras

This ksar (fortified granary) is a standout for its fine views.