The Great Oasis Valleys

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The Great Oasis Valleys - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Caravane du Sud

    Tour–Sight

    This family-run agency specializes in the desert regions and villages around Zagora. Local guides with an eco-tourism ethos lead 4x4 and camel...Read More

  • 2. Erg Chebbi

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    In most cases your hotel is your best bet for an organized tour of Erg Chebbi. Every auberge near the dunes is there because it's a prime jumping...Read More

  • 3. Erg Chigaga

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    The splendid Erg Chigaga dunes are the principal reason why visitors make the trek south to M'hamid. Wild, remote, and largely unspoiled, they...Read More

  • 4. Medersa

    Educational Institution

    Just north of the Zaouia of Sidi Mohammed Ben Naceur is a 17th-century medersa that still lodges 400 students preparing for university studies...Read More

  • 5. Amezrou

    Town/Village

    Three km (2 miles) south of Zagora, Amezrou is famous for its Jewish silversmiths, who made decorative jewelry in this small village until the...Read More

  • 6. Atlas Studios

    Film Studio

    If you're looking for things to do in Ouarzazate, visit Atlas Studios—Morocco's most famous studios—next to the Hotel Oscar. Guided tours start...Read More

  • 7. Caravan of Dreams

    Tour–Sight

    Run by Ali Laghfiri, who grew up in the village of M'hamid, this German-Moroccan outfit offers camel treks and 4x4 excursions to a picturesque...Read More

  • 8. Cascades du Drâa

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    Look for the turnoff to the Cascades du Drâa (also known as the Cascades de Tizgui) on the left, 30 km (19 miles) south of Ouarzazate and 10...Read More

  • 9. Ceramics Cooperative

    Store/Shop/Mall

    Don't miss Tamegroute's ceramics cooperative at the south end of the library, medersa, and slave quarters. The characteristic rough, green-glazed...Read More

  • 10. Cherg Expeditions

    Tour–Sight

    Private day trips through the valleys and gorges or into the mountains to discover amethysts are led by Cherg Expeditions. You can sign on for...Read More

  • 11. Dayet Srji

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    Near the dunes, this seasonal salt lake is a surprising sight—sometimes you see pink flamingos in early spring. ...Read More

  • 12. Djebel Sarhro Massif

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    The wonderfully panoramic oasis Route 6956/R108 (which becomes 3454/N12 after Tazzarine) is one of the safest, fastest, least crowded roads...Read More

  • 13. Djebel Zagora

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    The town's promontory, capped by an 11th-century Almoravid fortress, is an excellent sunset vantage point—it overlooks the Drâa palmery with...Read More

  • 14. Fint Oasis

    Tarmigte | Garden/Arboretum

    About 20 km (12 miles) outside of town, heading south via Tarmigte, the picturesque Fint Oasis is a popular destination for day-trippers. The...Read More

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  • 15. Kasbah Taourirt

    Building/Architectural Site

    Once a Glaoui palace, the Kasbah Taourirt is the oldest and finest building in Ouarzazate. This rambling edifice was built of pisé (a sun...Read More

  • 16. Ksar Igdâoun

    Building/Architectural Site

    The truncated pyramidal towers and bastions of the Ksar Igdâoun are visible 15 km (9 miles) past the turnoff onto Route 6956/R108 to Tazzarine...Read More

  • 17. Ksar Tissergate Museum

    Tissergate | Museum Village

    Deep within the evocative alleys of the Ksar Tissergate—a 17th-century fortified village—this fascinating museum displays local costumes,...Read More

  • 18. Ksebt el-Allouj

    Town/Village

    The ruins of the ksar Ksebt el-Allouj, dating from the Saadian dynasty, lie across the Drâa riverbed on the other side from the village from...Read More

  • 19. Museum of Skoura

    Douar Ihzgane | Museum/Gallery

    Constructed and entirely funded by schoolteacher Abdelmoula el Moudahab, this small but fascinating private museum houses a collection of traditional...Read More

  • 20. Museum of the Oasis

    Museum Village

    This small but ambitious community-oriented spot is well worth a stop if you're driving east from Tinerhir toward Merzouga. Housed in the 19th...Read More

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