"Zagora" Top 5 Page for this destination Zagora by angiebabe
Zagora Travel Guide: 112 reviews and 296 photos
From Ouarzazate the P31 leads you down the magical Draa Valley past fertile palmeraie crammed with date palms,almond and olive groves and citrus trees to Zagora.
Zagora as a town was officially established by the French as an administrative post but with its oasis and prolific date growing providing the staple food for desert dwellers, has been inhabited for centuries. And also being an important stopping place for camel caravans travelling between Timbuktu and Sijilmassa (Rissani).
It was from here that the Saadians in the 16th century set out to conquer the rest of Morocco and also venture deeper down into the southern regions for slaves and gold.
Though not really a lot to do in the town its interesting to travel down and visit a major town servicing an area on the edge of the Sahara, seeing the mix of people there and in particular the variety and colour in the clothing worn and the architecture of the buildings.
I remember my second visit in 3-4 years being surprised to see so many large and rather impressive buildings had sprung up on the way into town.
Its a town though that provides a good range of services that the traveller might need such as internet cafes, pharmacies, supermarket, bakeries, restaurants and a good choice of quality hotels. There are of course the carpet shops with their touts and plenty of agencies for excursions around the area and south further to the dunes of Tinfou, Laoudi or Nesrate, or to the end of the tarseal at the town of Mhamid and into the sahara desert sands and hamada of Chigaga and Sahara Occidental.
Wednesdays and Sundays are the major souk days where typically fruit, vegetables, handicrafts and hardware, sheep, goats, donkeys are brought into be sold. Dates are of course the mafor commodity here in Zagora.
The town does have its large market on Wednesdays and Sundays is a bustling t
There is not really a lot to see in central Zagora with the main attractions being the famed '52 days by camel' to Timbuktu sign of the famed and exotic camel caravan journeys down through the deserts into the countries of the sub-sahara - and heading south 2km across the river the views and remains of the Almorahvid fortress from Jebel Zagora and the interesting kasbah at Amezrou with jewish quarter and silversmiths where many berber families still live.
The Almoravides were here in the 11-12th centuries and built the fortress up on Jebel Zagora in an ideal spot for watching over the camel caravan routes. The Kasbah des Juiffs is a huge partly-ruined kasbah where many berber families still live and 3 jewellery workshops can be found.
A few kms south on the road to Mhamid is the ancient town of Tamegroute with its visitable Koranic library containing one of the oldest korans surviving from the 13th century, kasbah city where many families still live and pottery kilns producing famed and beautiful green ceramics and roof tiles
- Pros:good choice of hotels for a stopover after a stunning drive down the Draa Valley or as a base for the sights around the area such as on further to the sahara sands and stunning Beni Slimane Pass
- In a nutshell:an interesting town near the edge of the sahara
If like me you drive with maps that show the scenic routes then you will see that on the Zagora to Mhamid road that the... more travel advice
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