Spectacular desert cities in Morocco
Morocco is known for being the only country in Africa to have the Mediterranean Sea as well as the Atlantic Ocean surrounding it, making it an ideal stop for many tourists.
However, one other unique factor that has contributed to the increased number of tourists in the country is the desert.
Morocco has several desert cities, and the state has created an environment that welcome visitors to enjoy different activities in the sandy areas.
This article will give insights on some of the most famous desert cities in Morocco and also share on some of the activities one can enjoy while visiting.
Desert Cities in Morocco
Erfoud is the gateway to the Sahara Desert; this city is located on the southern side of Morocco.
Erfoud gives a spectacular view of the Moroccan desert; the city allows a natural view of the desert and the tiny details like the rocks in the desert.
The city was also home to many royal families that ruled before, making it an ideal hub to learn about the architectural prowess of the Moroccan people as well as giving a historical insight of the royal family and the palace.
To top up your visit, you get to enjoy a stunning sunset overlooking the dunes in the Sahara Desert, creating a lasting memory.
Want to experience the best in the desert, then Merzouga City has designed the best experience for you.
Merzouga City is well known for the dunes that are about 350 meters high; the town has a suitable climate, and this has increased its popularity among tourists.
During winter the city is cool and reaches a temperature of about 10 degrees Celsius; the rainfall is moderate, and it rains two times a month.
Merzouga city lies in the Sahara desert and offers a variety of activities that will ensure you enjoy your stay in Morocco.
Some of the activities include:
if you are a motorbike enthusiast and want to enjoy your motorbike rides in new terrain, then be sure to try out the motorbike rides on the dunes in Merzouga city.
For those who want to get intimate with nature, then maybe walking is the thing for you.
As a result, you can enjoy walking in the desert and feel the warm sand run through your toes, this experience will help you get in touch with nature.
Tourists also enjoy camel rides in the desert, for an unforgettable experience, hire a camel and enjoy the ride in the desert.
On the south-east side of Morocco along the Draa river valley is the location of Zagora Town.
The city is also a popular tourist attraction city, mostly due to the festivities.
Apart from the festivities, one can also enjoy walking along the Draa River, after the walk along the cool Draa River, take a walk in the Morocco Desert.
In Zagora town, you get to experience both the cool and hot sides of Morocco. Another popular attraction in this city is mountain climbing on the Jebel Zagora.
Laâyoune is the largest city desert and is located in the Western Morocco Sahara Desert; the city is divided into two sections by the Saguia el Hamra River.
The city has moderate climate making it a perfect destination for tourists.
Rissani is a small town located in the northwest side of the Sahara Desert.
The city has several castles that one can visit.
1. Ksar El Fida
This castle is about 4kms away from the town, Kasr El Fida has captivating and unique architectural designs.
2. Moulay Ali chérif mausoleum
Despite being destroyed by water due to the rising level of rivers, the Moulay Ali Cherif mausoleum has since been rebuilt and is now the tomb of Moulay Ali Cherif.
The tomb is designed like a palace allowing visitors to enjoy the architectural prowess of the Moroccans as well as learn about Rissani’s historical background.
In addition to enjoying Rissani’s history, one can also interact with Moroccan traders and buy some unique things made by the Berber and Arabic traders.
The trades are open on Sundays, Tuesday, and Thursday.
For a private vacation in one of the desert cities in Morocco, Khamlia village is the place for you, Khamlia has a small population of fewer than 200 people.
Despite being set apart from all the noise in the busy city one can still enjoy Morocco by visiting the nearby town Merzouga which is 7 km away.
This small desert town is an excellent place to learn about the Berber culture, and you get to experience the food, drinks, and culture of this ethnic group.
you will also learn how they build their houses.
Ouarzazate is one of the most famous cities in Morocco and among the largest in the Sahara desert.
The town has a lot of business activities as it is strategically located to allow trade between Morocco cities and other African countries.
In Ouarzazate one can enjoy camel rides, as you interact with locals, the city is also home to some wild animals that you can view or listen to.
About 100 km from Zagora is the M’Hamid the last city in Sahara desert; you get to enjoy the full beauty of the Sahara desert from this city.
M’Hamid is mostly suitable for camps, but tourists also enjoy motorbike rides and camel rides.
Nkob is a city located between Ouarzazate and Tazzarine.
The town is home to the second largest market in Morocco, and tourists also enjoy mountain climbing on the Saghrou Mountains.
Morocco attracts many tourists throughout the year due to the friendly nature of the citizens and the favorable climate conditions.
The desert cities are an indication that Morocco should be in your list of places to visit.
You get to enjoy nature, learn new cultures, enjoy new cuisines and the best thing is the facilities, the country is modern thus providing the best services.
If you are planning to visit Morocco, be sure to check out some of the desert cities and create lasting memories.
Video By: Jacob + Katie Schwarz