Tinfou Dunes

Draa Valley

The great sand seas of M'Hamid and Merzouga can make the Tinfou Dunes, around 7km south of Tamegroute, seem like a child's sandbox – especially on busy days, when it can feel like a playground here – but it’s still fun to climb and run down the big dunes. And if you can't make it to the desert proper, it's the next best thing.

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