The desert, a paradise of calm.
When we think about the possibility of spending a night in the desert, it may seem crazy. The first thing that comes to mind is fear and lack of water. Nothing more different from reality than this.
This is an experience recommended by National Geographic in this article and we can live without any problem. We can suggest the possibility of enjoying one or two nights in the desert. Our favorite tour is to start from Aït Ben Haddou and go by road to the Todra Gorges. From there we will go to Merzouga, where we will have the possibility to enjoy the night and the tranquility of the place staying in hotels, located at the foot of the dunes, and that can offer you all the comforts to make your stay as pleasant as possible.
We will arrive to Merzouga in the afternoon, and we will enter the dromedary towards the Sahara desert to watch the sunset. Occasionally, there is the possibility of sleeping in the camp located within the dunes, where we have different haimas, some with private bathrooms. Whether we choose the camp inside the dunes, as if we stayed in the haimas or hotels, all what we have to do is prepare ourselves to enjoy the sound of silence and the stars.
After dinner, it is usual to enjoy a musical show offered by the nomads, in which we can dance to the rhythm of their timbales. We can also stay in the haimas or go see the stars in the big dunes. In the early morning it is possible to go to the dunes on foot, in a dromedary or using quads or 4X4 vehicles to see the sunrise.
Merzouga is a small town in the southeast of Morocco, near by the border with Algeria, located in Erg Chebbi… and our favorite destination. An “Erg” is the sandy region of a desert. Its name comes from the Arabic word “arq”.
Merzouga is therefore the best-known city of Erg Chebbi.
In Merzouga, you may find the most spectacular dunes in Morocco, which can reach 250 meters high.
We will not settle for only staying overnight in Merzouga; to properly enjoy the desert, we must stay for several hours to observe the changing color of the dunes, from golden to reddish dusk. In Merzouga, we will enter the dunes by dromedary, quad or 4×4 to see the sunrise and the sunset. No hurries: our goal is to enjoy these landscapes, the different colors of the desert and Berber music as much as possible.
We offer you the possibility of enjoying luxurious “haimas” located in the desert sands, or to spend the night in one of the hotel rooms, decorated with the most typical Moroccan style, or even enjoying a relaxing bath in a pool while watching the dunes in the background. During the night, it’s also usual to enjoy the performance of a typical music group in the area.
Another attraction in the area is to visit Hamlia. Its population is mainly Gnawa, descendants of the former Mauritanian slaves of Morocco, and whose music is also very characteristic. By doing it, they use instruments which recreate the noise made by the chains of their ancestors. It is very pleasant to spend a while and enjoy the music and ancestral dances of such a friendly amount of people!
Merzouga Rally has made part of the Dakar Series, being home of the the stages of the famous Paris-Dakar Rally.
Silence. Shooting! We are used to here these words.
The Ouarzazate region is also known as Little Hollywood. This is so because of the wide range of films that have been shot on their floor.
The grandiosity of the Aït Ben Haddou Ksar, the desert landscapes, palm groves, rivers and surrounding mountains, have made this area a unique enclave for the filming of scenes from films, series and other audiovisual media that have passed certainly to the history of cinema.
With this route we intend to give moviegoers the opportunity to be protagonists of their own film, touring the same places and accessing the same scenarios as their favorite actors.
We have the possibility to visit the Atlas studios, CLA Cinematographic Studios and the cinema museum, where you can relive all that is behind the most mythical films. Walk on the steps of Russel Crowe, feel part of Game of Thrones or Cleopatra, and discover the Moroccan audiovisual filmmaker side.
As CNN says in its article, ours are ideal scenarios to shoot films in the Middle East, since the landscapes are similar, but shooting in Ouarzazate is cheaper and safer.
Zagora is located in the southeast of Morocco, near the border with Algeria, just in the Souss Massa Draa region and about 360 km to the southeast of Marrakech.
To get from Marrakech to Zagora, it is necessary to cross the Atlas Mountains and, later, cross the Draa Valley, which means approximately 8 hours on the way. We believe that Sahara Desert is a stage of the journey which is worth enjoying. The sunsets and sunrises in the desert are incomparable, so we do not recommend visiting it as an short trip from Marrakech at all.
It has around 30,000 inhabitants and its activity revolves around its main street. It is an ideal place to relax, enter the dunes of Erg Chigaga and enjoy the sun and silence. For our visitors, on summer, we have many hotels equipped with swimming pools and gardens in which they can relax during the hottest hours.
Zagora was a stop on the route for the caravans which used to go along Sahara Desert centuries ago, lowering salt and raising slaves. The current Zagora was founded in the French colonial period as the administrative center of the region, but its ruins come from an old fortress from the Almoravid period, whose remains of the walls can still be seen.
We can walk through the alleys accompanied by a local guide who will explain each detail, as well as visit the library of Tamegroute and the Palm Grove Route. It is also interesting to visit the Ksar of Tissergate, as well as the surrounding Ksars, or the pottery and jewelery workshops.
There are typical routes such as the climb to Jebel Zagora, about 950 meters high, from where you can see a magnificent view of the Draa Valley, or the route by the old track of Paris Dakar, which connects Zagora with Merzouga; and we can start in Amazrau, which is nearby the city, and which has a great, cheerful people for this reason.
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