Thrills galore at the gateway to the desert!

Are you searching for excitement in an idyllic setting? Look no further than the region of Ouarzazate, Zagora and Tinghir for intense sporting adventures: hikes, camel treks, mountain biking, fishing, backpacking in the mountains of Jebel Saghro, summiting Mount M’goun and a plethora of motor sports on the Chgaga Dunes – these are just some of the myriad activities that await you around Ouarzazate. Thrills and chills are guaranteed!

Is your dream to combine a vacation in an exotic natural setting while enjoying a favorite recreational activity or learning a new one? The area around the city of Ouarzazate and its more modest neighbors, Zagora and Tinghir, is the ideal place for an array of sports. The environment here ranges from typically Moroccan towns to a vast desert where you can get your fill of fresh air. Climb atop a camel, jump on your mountain bike, lace up your best walking shoes or hop into a vehicle and head toward the Chgaga Dunes. Prepare to be amazed!

Do you long to get away to grand, mysterious landscapes? Then hire a guide and roam through the palm groves at Draa and Skoura, climb the dunes at Tinfou, Erg Lihoudi or Chegaga and admire the singular beauty of the Fint oasis! In the mood for a swim? Jump into Mansour Eddahbi Lake! Ouarzazate and its neighbors Zagora and Tinghir offer up a host of activities and unforgettable panoramas to enjoy on a Moroccan vacation devoted to the unexpected.

Together, Ouarzazate, Zagora and Tinghirmake up an important metropolitan area in southern Morocco, on the outskirts of the desert, where the varied landscapes will take your breath away. Seek out the company of an experienced Moroccan guide and get ready to explore a ton of sites whose unheralded beauty will transport you. The variety of panoramas create a true feeling of escape. Venture into palm groves, swim in lakes, wander through the mineral desert at Agdz or the Dades Valley, explore the caverns at Akhiam-Imssakh-Rabb or Oussikis Valley or plunge into the unmissable Iriqui National Park!

As you can see, Ouarzazate has a wide array of landscapes that are representative of Morocco and of this gateway to the desert.

Shopping on the edge of the desert

Shop for an array of typical products, including pottery, daggers and carpets, visit the workshops where they are crafted or even try your hand at making something yourself. These are but some of the activities that await you in Ouarzazate, Zagora and Tinghir and the outlying area. Come discover their authenticity and cultural wealth for yourself

This unexplored region on the fringes of the desert features unspoiled natural wonders and authentic, expert work from skilled craftsmen. These Moroccan cities, just like all the other cities in the area, are home to a rich heritage. They allow you to discover myriad objects and creations that are typical not just of the country but of this region in particular.

Admire the jewelry and carpets made by the expert hands of Amazigh, or Berber, artisans, tour a rose water distillery in KelaaM’gouna or seek out classic pottery in the towns of Zagora and Tamegroute. Why not take the time to learn about producing wrought iron in Tinghir? All these discoveries and more await you in the charming cities of southern Morocco. Be sure to make a stop at the AZLAGT cooperative to learn about making daggers or in Taznakhte to marvel at the carpets!

Mohamed Amraoui

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