Trips and tours to Zagora and the Sahara Discover the gateway to the Sahara Desert

Visit Zagora

A modern market town in the beautiful rose bush covered Draa valley. Zagora is known for its vast palm tree gardens and traditional souk. The souk is one of the largest you’ll find in southern Morocco, its divided into multiple different sections selling everything from fruits and vegetables to kitchenware and furniture. The main reason people visit Zagora is to access the colossal Sahara Desert. Make a pit stop to look around the local markets and rest up before hopping onboard a camel and ridding off into the famous Sahara Desert.

Why visit Zagora

There is so much to see in this quaint little town. From the agriculture to the markets Zagora is a perfect place to stop off before continuing to the Sahara Desert. Expect to find large markets selling all kinds of wears and large dusty read buildings which are quintessentially Moroccan. Why not stop for some traditional Moroccan mint tea and get to know the locals before boarding a camel and making your way through the desert.

What to do in Zagora

a line of camels wandering through the Sahara desert
A camel caravan

Do some sightseeing.

Take a look around the town and spot some local treasures. The most famous of which being the ’52-days to Tombouctou’ mural. This mock-serious sign sits at the end of the main street and lets passers-by know how long it would take to ride a camel to Timbuktu. Visit the huge market just on the outskirts of town or check out the plethora of street art that covers the town.

a Moroccan tagine
Moroccan Tagine

Visit a local cafe.

Morocco is famous for tea and the town of Zagora has tea shops lining the streets. Take a second to pop into one and for a relaxing tea break. Sit outside in the warm sun and sip traditional Moroccan tea as you watch the world go by. Grab some traditional Moroccan delicacies like tagine and experience the flavours of Morocco.

Some dried fruits at a market
Some dried fruits at a market

Explore the markets.

Zagora famously has one of the biggest souks in the whole of southern Morocco, so going to Zagora and not visiting the market would be a missed opportunity. Wander into the market located just outside of the city, the Zagora market sells everything you didn’t know you needed and more. Pick up some fresh Zagora dates or haggle your way into owning a new Moroccan rug.

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What is Zagora known for?

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Zagora is famous for being the gateway to the Sahara Desert in Morocco. It's a starting point for desert excursions and camel treks into the dunes.

What activities can I do in Zagora?

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What should I pack for a trip to Zagora?

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When is the best time to visit Zagora

The best time to visit Zagora is during the cooler months, typically from Spring and Autumn. During this time, temperatures are more moderate, making desert exploration and outdoor activities more comfortable.

Conclusion

Visiting Zagora offers a captivating journey into the heart of the Sahara Desert, providing a unique opportunity to immerse oneself in the timeless beauty and cultural richness of Morocco's desert landscape. Zagora promises unforgettable adventures and a profound connection with nature and heritage. Whether seeking adventure, cultural exploration, or simply the serenity of the desert, Zagora beckons with its allure and promises an enriching travel experience unlike any other.

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