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...

Top ChoiceLive Music in Merzouga

Dar Gnaoua

The hypnotic rhythms of Gnaoua may be associated with Essaouira but in the tiny enclave of Khamila, 6km south of Merzouga, people have stayed true to their sub-Saharan African culture and traditions. Dar Gnaoua...

Top ChoiceMoroccan in Erfoud

Pizzeria-Restaurant des Dunes

Authentic wood-fired pizza includes a house special with heart of palm, olives and oregano. For something a bit different, order the stellar madfouna ('Berber pizza'), a dough pocket stuffed with minced onions...

Top ChoiceCafe in Errachidia

Restaurant Zerda

On the main road through town, a short stroll from the bus station, this buzzing open-fronted eatery is one of the best spots in town for a quick, inexpensive meal of sandwiches, grilled meats and, the...

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...

Arts & Crafts in Merzouga

Depot Nomade

This tardis-like, rammed-earth store is a seemingly never-ending series of interconnected rooms that's a one-stop shop for Moroccan arts and crafts. You'll find everything from tightly woven kilim, to inlaid...

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...

Cosmetics in Merzouga

La Dune Doré

Opened in 2016, this welcoming shop in Hassi Labied stocks high-quality products made in Morocco, including oils made from argan, almond, prickly pear and saffron – all of which offer alleged health benefits,...

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...

Art in Merzouga

Chez Les Artistes

Creative French-Amazigh (Berber) couple, Johanne and Lahcen, have set up a small, rammed-earth art gallery and cafe in the village of Khamlia. Her work is figurative, drawing inspiration from desert peoples,...

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.

Pizza in Erfoud

Restaurant Dakar

The speciality is crispy-crust pizza Italian-style, along with the usual tajines, brochettes (kebabs) and omelettes, that you can eat alfresco in the plant-filled garden. There's free wi-fi too.

Gifts & Souvenirs in Erfoud

Manar Marbre

Watch fossilised marble being cut into prehistoric-looking tables and sinks at this showroom; they also sell some portable items such as bookends and candle holders.

Moroccan in Errachidia

Restaurant Imilchil

Pop by for a good tajine served on a big terrace or to watch the sports on TV. There's a scruffy garden in back. It's on the main road, a 10-minute walk from the bus station.