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Skoura

The Skoura is an oasis town set just south of the High Atlas Mountains. It is on the route for those travelling from Marrakech or Taroudant towards the deep desert, but also has superb kasbahs to visit on its doorstep and is an excellent base for those wishing to visit the gorges of the High Atlas mountains.

Overview

The Skoura oasis is located on the southern side of the High Atlas Mountains about 5 hours’ drive from Marrakech or Taroudant.

Travelling on from Skoura into the desert regions, it is around 45 minutes' drive from Ouarzazate and about 6 hours' drive to the Saharan dunes at Merzouga.

Skoura has the ruins of the magical Kasbah Amerhidil and other superb kasbahs on its doorstep and it is an excellent base from which to explore the Dades Valley and the Valley of the Roses; the Dades Gorge, and the Todra Gorge to the east, the Draa valley to the south or the World Heritage Site at Ait Benhaddou.

Climate

The best time to travel to Skoura is between September and June, since temperatures can be excessive outside this period. However the oasis enjoys a microclimate, thanks to the palm trees and being cooled by cold air flowing off the Atlas Mountains, making it cooler than the nearby Ouarzazate. Rain falls mainly between December and March, which tends to be the wettest month.

Accommodation

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Les Jardin de Skoura

Les Jardins de Skoura

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Les Jardins de Skoura is a restored millhouse in the lush Skoura oasis. It is tastefully decorated using traditional materials and has a pool in spacious gardens with olive trees. It has a good choice of rooms including family options and is a good place to stop en route to the desert or for local sites.

Standard Double Guide Price:

£70 per night, B&B Information

Standard double room price for indication only. Prices may vary considerably by season and room. Special offer or discount for multiple nights may apply. Prices updated periodically and can be affected by exchange rate.

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L'Ma Lodge

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L'Ma Lodge in Skoura is set in one hectare of pretty spacious grounds in a tranquil palmery with superb views of the oasis and the mountains beyond.

Standard Double Guide Price:

£105 per night, half board Information

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4**** Chic Information

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Sawadi

Sawadi

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Sawadi is a kasbah-style hamlet in a tranquil palmery with superb views of the oasis and the mountains. Most rooms are bungalows built in traditional style, it is ideal for families with a mix of exotic trees, a large pool, farm animals and adventure playground, and it is respectful of environmental concerns.

Standard Double Guide Price:

£90 per night, half board Information

Standard double room price for indication only. Prices may vary considerably by season and room. Special offer or discount for multiple nights may apply. Prices updated periodically and can be affected by exchange rate.

4**** Chic Information

For details of classifications see Star Rating and Guide Price above.

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