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Zagora

Due east of Agadir, Zagora is reached via the magical Draa valley, a string of palmeries in a scenic mountain setting, stretching from Ouarzazate south east for around 125 km. It is the gateway to the Sahara and the most convenient stopping off point before travelling on to the sand dunes.

Overview

Zagora is on the route to the end of the road in M’Hamid (the south by south east edge of Morocco), it is south east from Marrakech (about 8 hours’drive), accessible also from Taroudant (about 8 hrs), both routes heading via Skoura/Ouarzazate (about 4 hrs).

The best dunes are near M’Hamid, a minimum of 80 minutes' drive away at Erg Lehoudi, near the hamlet of Oulad Driss. For those wishing to reduce their journey, the small Tinfou dunes about 20 kms to the south are an inferior alternative with just a small dune field. The Djebel Zagora (the mountain opposite the town) and the Draa valley palmery are worth exploring on foot or mountain bike.

En route from Ouarzazate (close to Ait Benhaddou) or Taroudant, Tamegroute is worth a visit. It is renowned for its distinctive green pottery and the Koranic library visited by scholars throughout the Islamic world housing, for example, rare 12th century hide manuscripts, it should be noted that the library is sometimes closed.

Occasional sandstorms can bring travel to a halt. In autumn, at the time of date harvest, flies can be a problem. Behave sensibly to avoid sunstroke – the only well equiped hospital in the desert is in Ouarzazate.

Climate

The best time to travel to Zagora is between October and May, since temperatures can be excessive outside this period. Rain falls mainly between December and March, which tends to be the wettest month.

Accommodation

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Kasbah Azul

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Kasbah Azul enjoys a peaceful location in Agdz - a beautiful palmery between Ouarzazate and Zagora on the edge of the magical Draa Valley. The property is a stylish yet rustic guest house set in large gardens with a swimming pool, ideally located for breaking a journey to the desert.

Standard Double Guide Price:

£125 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.

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Les Jardins du Draa

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Les Jardins du Draa is a friendly little guest house that enjoys a peaceful location in the beautiful Amerzou palmery, just outside Zagora. It is noted for its excellent food and has a swimming pool, large terrace with panoramic views, beautiful gardens with Berber tents and an outdoor bar.

Standard Double Guide Price:

£85 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.

3*** Boutique Information

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

Riad Lamane

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Riad Lamane is a delightful small hotel in the Amezrou palmery just outside Zagora. Tastefully designed and newly furbished in local materials, it is luxurious relative to many others in the area, with a good sized swimming pool set in lovely gardens and great views of the Draa oasis and the mountains from roof terrace.

Standard Double Guide Price:

£85 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.

3*** Boutique Information

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

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