Moroccan cities: Merzouga

In the series with Moroccan cities we will focus the spotlight on Merzouga

Merzouga is a village in the South-East of Morocco located on the edge of the Moroccan Sahara. The inhabitants live of agriculture but have no rivers to irrigate their fields.

Merzouga has the largest natural underground water mass in Morocco. The small town you can only reach through a dirt road and is one of the last places for the Sahara takes over the landscape. Merzouga is known for the yellow-orange sand dunes and is often used as a start to the Sahara continue to travel.

In Merzouga at the edge of the Moroccan Sahara, are many Berber-communities that once were divided over several villages. The former inhabitants had a nomadic lifestyle, said bred and fed their herds of sheep, goats and camels in the desert, where wild plants grew in the middle of the Sahara. Because of the difficult conditions such as drought, which in that time the agriculture struck heavily, tried the former communities to improve their way of life so that there would be no shortage of food for their herds. Thanks to their life of nomadic experiences, on which they relied, they went to a strategic place looking to settle. So they came to Merzouga and around the huge sand dunes of Erg Chebbi, where they started the cultivation process from fertile soil and seeds. This led to the growth of palms and harvest of crops.

This region is known for tourism by curious travelers who have made this area of Merzouga known worldwide

Go a lot walking in the desert, but beware do not do this alone, this includes the well-known movie scenes in which a stray man exhausted under the hot sun the last drop of water from his bottle. There are guides who know the route well and will guide you through the oasis of small sand grains.

Take a leisurely ride on a camel while you enjoy the Moroccan Sahara. Rent a camel ride with an experienced guide that you make and you can tell more about the Sahara. It is particular to this tour at sunset, a special red glow is down over the desert. In the wider area is often no man in sight, please keep in mind that by evening the temperature quickly drops.

After the desert is it worth to go to the Dayet Srji more to drive. This saltwater lake west of Merzouga can you year round special animals. Especially bird lovers look here their eyes out, especially in the spring there are flamingos, falcons and buzzards in this area. There are also many other animals such as snakes, lizards and desert foxes.

A little further are the Erg Chebbi dunes of Merzouga, one of the main attractions in Merzouga. You have here the possibility to sandboarding, it's an exciting activity in which you along the side of the dunes on your board down sjeest. It's fun for both beginners and those who are familiar with snowboarding and skiing. A little condition is a requirement, you must add up the steep dunes and then with your board from slipping.

Do you like action then go go mountain biking and rock climbing in the foothills of the Atlas mountains, not far from Merzouga passes into the sand of the Sahara.

You can rent a jeep and 4 x 4 through the desert with the cracks, it has become popular by the Paris-Dakar rally. Professional Dakar racers can have a speed of up to 200 kilometres per hour. But for untrained drivers seems hundred already quite an achievement, it's a special experience and the opstuivende sand gives a huge kick.

You can with a 4 x 4 (jeep) visit Rissani, historic sites in Rissani, such as ancient kasbahs, you can also have lunch in one of the local restaurants serving local cuisine.

For the avid adventurer is an overnight stay in the Sahara an exciting challenge. You can spend a night in a tent for example at Ali & Sara's Desert Palace in the Erg Chebbi dunes. The tents here will feel like you're in a hotel room with the particular interior. Enjoy the extremely brilliant starry sky and wake up with the most beautiful sunrise.

Laoun Gallery is an art gallery, do you like art and culture then you can here the exhibited art that the Berber culture and lifestyle outlines.

Merzouga has a warm desert climate with very long and very hot summers and short, moderately warm winters.

In the summer, the average maximum temperature is around 45 ° c with a minimum average temperature around 28 ° c. In the winter the average maximum temperature around 20 ° c. There is almost no precipitation in Merzouga,, then the downpours.

Are you looking for a holiday in the Sun, you want to experience the feeling as the nomads in the Sahara life and can you withstand the heat than are the spring and summer months here suitable for. Are you looking for an active vacation than the winter months here are best suited for.

Merzouga has no airport or train station, because Merzouga in the desert are the most widely used means of transportation a jeep or camel. There are possibilities to rent a jeep.

Morocco has so much beauty and features beautiful spots, more on this next week in the next city!

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