Set on the southern edge of the Draa Valley just before Morocco’s Erg Chigaga Sahara Desert, the little village of Tamegroute (Tamgrout) may be easily ignored by passersby who are not aware of it’s existence. From the outside, the small pre-desert town goes almost unnoticed with its typical sand-colored houses that blend with the aridness of the backdrop.
It’s hard to believe that such a seemingly undistinguished village could house what was once considered to be the richest library in North Africa with almost 50,000 volumes collected from all over the world. But that is exactly what Tamegroute is: a surprising gem on the outskirts of the Sahara housing one of Morocco’s most interesting pieces of history. (more…)
Ouarzazate often considered the last big outpost before the Sahara Desert. Filmmakers and crews alike have flocked here in recent years to film blockbusters such as Game of Thrones, Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Body of Lies, The Mummy, Babel, Spy Game and many other movies in and around this desert city. If visiting this locale is on your to-do list during any Morocco holidays you might plan, don’t confine yourself to the city alone. There are many day trips from Ouarzazate that are worth the time.
This city is located 50 kilometers from the Algerian border and about 300 kilometers from Ouarzazate. While this is a bit of a drive, this small city is located near the famous sand dunes of Erg Chebbi and Erg Chigaga. Erg Chebbi reaches 150 meters tall and spans 22 kilometers from north to south and 5-10 kilometers east to west. Many camel treks ranging from a few hours to several days depart from this city. If you’re interested in “seeing” the Sahara, but perhaps not for more than a few hours, visiting Merzouga is a great way to do so. (more…)