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Zagora Sahara desert and Camel trekking, the magical Draa Valley
Morocco is a country famous for its desert.
While much of the country is forested and mountainous towards the north, the south is very different and downright unique.
The southern reaches of Morocco are mostly deserting and in fact, the outer fringes of the much larger Sahara desert.
From dry and arid patches to vast sand dunes, there is much to discover in this vast region of Morocco.
Moreover, the natural treasures of the region, there also happens to be numerous settlements as well, which range from small caravans to vast cities.
One such settlement is a place called Zagora.
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Zagora is a major town located near the edge of the desert in Southern Morocco.
It is an important center for trade and tourism in the region, and also a place of historical wealth and beauty.
The town is also famous for its natural landscapes, which stretch out well into the horizon.
The town is located in the Drâa-Tafilalet region of the country, in the Draa River Valley.
To the north of the town, are the vast Atlas Mountains, which start near the country’s Atlantic coast and extends well into northern Tunisia.
To the south of the country is the edge of the Sahara desert, with many areas being well known for its vast sand dunes and arid regions.
The climate of the region is fairly warm and temperate, and at the same time fairly dry.
Rainfall is minimal in the region, with the place experiencing dry spells from time to time.
Also, the region experiences snowfall during the winters, which can last for a few months.
Given in the list below are some of the best places and attractions in and around Zagora city.
The Draa valley is one of the most beautiful places in the entire region.
Featuring everything from rocky cliffs to a stream and everything in between that would suit a dry landscape, this is one place that you will not regret visiting.
The entire region is covered in palm trees, which stretch out into the nearby vicinity.
Surrounding the town are some of the most beautiful places for trekking.
From mountains to deserts, the regions around Zagora are a trekker’s paradise.
If you happen to be visiting the place in winter, you can expect to experience all of this, along with some fresh snowfall to add to the mix.
The snowfall is during the typical winter months of December and January, so if you are into a snow trek, this is the time to visit Zagora.
Do make sure to check the local weather because heavy blizzards are a possibility in the region at times.
There are numerous ancient villages and Kasbahs across the mountain passes in and around Zagora.
These are mostly abandoned and in a dilapidated condition, but many of them are still inhabited.
Situated a little further away, are numerous Roman ruins, such as the well known Volubilis, which features the remains of an ancient Roman settlement.
The Sahara Desert is located fairly close to Zagora and is a popular destination for riding camels.
This is one of the best ways to experience the desert and everything that has to offer, from sand dunes of the local ‘Chebbi’ to the oases and more.
There are several guides who can help you out with this, in and around the region.
An important activity of many tourists is to buy souvenirs, as is the case everywhere else.
Visit the local markets and search for a souvenir to take home, to remember your Moroccan trip forever.
Further to this, there are many other items on sale as well, such as dates, fruits, vegetables and more.
There is a Kasbah or walled fortress located in Zagora, popular among tourists visiting the region.
Featuring the traditional Moroccan architecture and design, it is definitely worth a visit.
It is located very near to Zagora, close to a palmeraie, adjacent to a village.
The quarter features well-designed rooms, sun-heated water and great views of the surrounding region.
There are numerous oases in and around Zagora desert.
Visiting and exploring them is one of the most relaxing and memorable things you can do.
The oases are an escape from the arid dryness of the regions around it, complete with palm trees, flowers, vegetation and more.
Furthermore, you can look forward to hearing the call of small birds and maybe even enjoy a dip in the swimming pool if you want.
Last but not least, enjoy the local food, which includes everything from meats and vegetables to some local wine.
There are several places that serve excellent food in the region, complete with wifi and western dishes like pizzas.
If there is one activity that is peculiar and unique to Zagora, it would be ‘Sand Bath’ therapy, also known as psychotherapy.
In very simple words, it is essentially a bath that you take in the sand, for therapeutic purposes.
It is a form of alternative medicine and the locals strongly believe that it has the ability to treat diseases like rheumatism, lumbago, polyarthritis and certain skin disorders.
In addition to this, it is also said to help you in detoxing your body as well.
The way the therapy is done is fairly simple.
They burry Your entire body in the hot sand, with the exception of your head.
The therapy comes to an end after a couple of minutes, after which you are dug out of the sand.
There are many places in Zagora, where you can engage in this activity.
It is, in fact, one of the prime attractions for many of the tourists who frequent the region of Zagora.
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As a whole, the desert regions of Morocco are one of the most unique in all of North Africa, and indeed the world.
If you happen to be visiting this part of the country during your vacation, make sure to check out the town of Zagora.
From culture and tradition to landscapes and more, this is one town that has something to offer for everyone.
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