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Morocco is well known for its vast deserts.
The southern region of the country is an extension of the larger Sahara Desert and is one of the hottest regions in the world.
Of the many attractions that the desert has to offer, one of the most important things is sand dunes.
They are one of the characteristic features of the desert and can be found in plenty across the interior regions of Central and Southern Morocco.
When it comes to desert tours and exploring what the vast Sahara has to offer, one of the best places to begin is Merzouga in Morocco, especially for desert tours.
Merzouga is located in southern Morocco and is an important base for desert tourism across the region.
The village is located about 50 km away from the Algerian border, on a Saharan ‘erg’; an ‘erg’ is a flat piece of land, covered in wind-blown sand.
The history of the village goes back a very long time.
There are records of the place being inhabited going back several hundred years.
There are references to settlements in the region where Merzouga is today, going by the name of ‘Sajlamsa’, in writings by Moroccan writers such as Ibn-Batouta.
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It is today an important village located along the main highway that connects the southern parts of Morocco with the north and a gateway to the famous ‘Erg Chebbi’, a place filled with vast sand dunes.
In addition to this, the place is also a great place to know more about the traditional cultures of Morocco, particularly the southern parts of the country.
The village of Merzouga is located in one of the most remote regions of the country.
The area that it is located is in a location that is in between the Moroccan deserts and the mountains.
Towards the west lie the vast Atlas mountains; the village is in fact located at the base of the Atlas mountains.
Towards the east of the village are the sand dunes that have made it so famous.
The climate of the village is fairly similar to that of any other region bordering Moroccan deserts.
It is characterized by hot summers and fairly warm winters.
If you are visiting this part of Morocco, it is a good idea to visit in the winter, when the temperatures are bearable.
Also, to note is that night-time temperatures are relatively cold, making it necessary for thermal wear.
Last but not least, the region is fairly dry, although there are occasional spells of rain every once in a while, which are sometimes strong enough to cause flash floods.
There are several tourist attractions in and around Merzouga in Morocco.
Many of them are not necessarily monuments, but rather natural attractions in the region, including activities.
There are a lot of amazing dishes that are fairly unique to the region. Spend some time and check out some of the dishes, Moroccan desserts as well as a dash of some local wine.
There are a few oases not too far away from the main village area of Merzouga.
It will take some time to reach the place, but the travel is worth it. The oasis is one of the few green areas of this region.
You can ask your local guide for the nearest one.
There is a vast salt lake situated a short distance from Merzouga, near to the town of Rissani.
It is located in Tamzgidat village and is fed by waters from the nearby Atlas mountains.
It is a great place to go birdwatching in the region, especially of flamingos.
The Gnaoua tribe is one of the unique tribes in the region.
They are what can be described as ‘Black Berbers’, given that most Berber people look fairly Caucasian or White in appearance.
They have a village not too far away from Merzouga.
Visiting this village will give you a rough idea about their way of life, whether it is their dance, music or anything else.
Rissani is a nearby town, located about 40 km from Merzouga in Morocco, famous among tourists and locals alike for its traditional market.
If you would like to buy a souvenir or anything else, Rissani is the place to be.
Given in the list below are some of the best leisure activities that you can enjoy, while at Merzouga.
Marrakech is a city located near the Atlas mountains and is a great place for one to go on tours in and around the region.
It is in fact used by tourists frequently as a base to discover the surrounding areas.
There are currently numerous operators in Marrakech operating desert tours in the region, along with other packages such as those which take you to the adjacent Atlas mountains, the Atlantic coast, the southern reaches of the country, etc.
The Marrakech to Merzouga desert tour is one of the most popular tours in the region.
Being close to Marrakech, Merzouga is an excellent destination for those wanting to get a taste of the Sahara and experience the vast sand dunes of the Erg Chebbi.
In addition to this, one can get to enjoy many other important features of the region as well, such as the nearby Atlas mountains, the local cultures, and traditions, etc.
The vast sand dunes of the ‘Erg Chebbi’ are an excellent place to enjoy camel trekking.
You can get a guide to help out in Merzouga.
Stretching out into the horizon, you can look forward to hitching a ride on a camel’s back, or alongside it, with a Berber guide across the vast sand dunes of the region.
In addition to this, you can also look forward to enjoying staying inside of local tents, while on a break.
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Located in a fairly remote place, you should be able to witness things that you never would have in your entire life.
From the sand dunes to the clear starlit sky, there are a lot of things to look forward to, when you stay for a night at Merzouga Morocco.
There are many camps that are in the region, which you can look forward to if you are into desert tours.
Held in camping tents as well as those of nomads, you can get to experience the desert life first hands, like the local Berbers and other nomadic groups, do.
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The ‘Sand Baths’ of Merzouga in Morocco is exactly what it sounds like; a bath in the sand.
You can get yourself buried in the hot sands of the Erg Chebbi, which is a fun activity, and also said to be beneficial to the body.
Called ‘Psammotherapy‘ or ‘Arenotherapy’, or more commonly as ‘sand therapy’, it involves being buried in the sand as a way to treat rheumatism.
It is a form of alternative medicine and is quite popular in the region.
Also, burying oneself in the hot sand for a few minutes in the sands of Merzouga has a therapeutic effect on the body.
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As a whole, Merzouga in Morocco is one of the best destinations to go for, if you happen to be traveling to Southern Morocco.
At the edge of the Sahara and near to the well-known Erg Chebbi, Merzouga is an excellent destination if you’re a lover of the desert tours across the undiscovered beauty of the country’ vast south.
From culture and tradition to an excellent base, this is one village in Morocco that has it all.
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