"The Sahara..." Atlas by venteeocho

Atlas Travel Guide: 41 reviews and 120 photos

The Sahara.., its history blends with the history of mankind. Its rich minerais supplied a whole continent. A secret place, mysterious and tantalising. The expanse of sand, of rock, the visions of mirages and cases.., the stuff of dreams.

En route, several attractive places punctuate the journey. Tan-Tan beach, right by the sea. A little further along the coast Cape Juby, Tarfaya and Laayoune, a modern town rising triumphantly from the sands. Then Smara, spiritual capital of the Sahara, in the very heart of the Saguia AI Hamra. At the southernmost point, at the mouth of the Rio de Oro, Ad'Dakhla... an ideal fishing spot in one of the prettiest bays of the coastal Sahara.

Born in the High Atlas, the Drâa laboriously winds its way as far as Agdz (pronounced Agadiz). But once there, what a contrast! It brings life to a spectacular oasis stretching 200 kilometres along its banks. Once at M'hamid, what used to be the longest river in Morocco is finally swallowed up by the sands. Make haste to Agdz! The road following Oued (river) Drâa leads out from this small township dominated by its citadel, its red fort and the strange form of the Djebel Kissane.

At the gates of the desert, nature produces a flourish of colour. Bunches of yellow dates hanging from the palms, laurel bushes showing off their bright pink flowers, brown, beige and grey mountains rooted in an ochre earth and, always in the distance, like mirages, innumerable sand-coloured ksour. Such as Tamenougalt, one of the most typical, former Berber capital, or Igdaoun with its high towers like truncated pyramids, and then there is Tinzouline kasbah..

  • Last visit to Atlas: Jul 2005
  • Intro Updated Aug 7, 2008
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