Merzouga is a city located in the south-east of Morocco. The main source of revenue comes from the tourism industry because of the Erg Chebbi where tourists love to go on quad or 4 × 4 rides. Travelers wishing to experience the beauty of the Sahara desert should not look any further than Merzouga. This destination offers an unforgettable experience thanks to wonderful landscapes of impressive dunes that constantly change color under the influence of the sun. Merzouga is the gateway to this spectacular oasis, where visitors can ride camels through the dunes and taste Berber dishes while spending peaceful nights in tents and watching the starry sky.
What are the particularities of Merzouga?
Merzouga is very active, full of commerce, restaurants and cafes, hotels, banks and ATMs, crafts and souvenir shops, making it without a doubt the tourist capital of the region. Merzouga still retains a certain authenticity of a true Arab city with an impressive market and beautiful surrounding landscapes filled with oases, dunes and rocky mountains. This city is also a movie hub for many movie directors. Some well-known films have had several scenes shot in Merzouga.
The history of Merzouga:
Merzouga has a fairly recent past. Although many ancient fortified villages have existed in the region for several centuries, Merzouga was built by French troops after the difficult victory of the Battle of Tafilalet, which took place between 1916 and 1932.
The most important activity for those who visit Merzouga is camel treks. The ideal would be to explore the dunes of Merzouga by camel to discover this ocean of sands.
Other possibilities to discover Merzouga: Jeep excursions, allowing you to discover many historical and tourist sites with guides who know the area well. Marrakech Sahara Tour can of course make you participate in such excursions.
Take the time to learn about the culture and the amazing local people who live there. If you do not like Jeep, the Quad is another fun and exciting way to explore this incredible landscape.
A balloon ride
Hovering over the desert in a hot air balloon offers an extraordinary adventure above the dune, where you can ride with the birds and end your journey with an authentic Moroccan mint tea.
It is possible to ski sand in Merzouga, it is an excellent option for thrill seekers. Skiing over the massive dunes presents an unforgettable and rare experience. Many local hotels in Merzouga offer equipment for those who would like to try it. These hotels also offer many unexpected services, such as sand baths that are very effective for rheumatism and skin.
Some sites in Merzouga are worth a visit: the gate of the Royal Palace, the Saturday market, the panoramic view from the top of Borj-East which rises 935 meters above the city, the Fossil sites of Carriere des Fossiles ; Maadid Ksar..