Top ChoiceDunes in Merzouga

Erg Chebbi

Shape-shifting over 28km from north to south and reaching heights of 160m, the great sand sea of Erg Chebbi is extraordinarily scenic. The rose-gold dunes rise dramatically above a pancake-flat, grey hamada...

Museum in Erfoud

Tahiri Museum of Fossils & Minerals

For a good introduction to Morocco's fossils head to Brahim Tahiri's private museum. Scientifically important specimens are exhibited beside their lesser cousins for sale in the boutique. Brahim's efforts at...

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...

Spring in Meski & Aoufous

Source Bleue de Meski

The origins of the Ziz River can be found in Meski, where warm, natural springs bubble to the surface beneath the Ksar Meski's picturesque remains. The French Foreign Legion extended the main pool and added steps...

Cultural Centre in Meski & Aoufous

Cooperative Al Ouaha

Seven kinds of date are grown in the Aoufous oasis and in the October and November season, the women of this cooperative in Aoufous will walk you through a date tasting, and in the off-season on Tuesday, Thursday...

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.