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South Morocco
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The South is a region rich in folklore and beautiful landscape, scattered with small oasis villages and quiet towns encircled by orchards and olive groves.

Tafilalt

Erfoud is the centre for excursions to the oasis of Tafilalt and is kept green and fertile by the underground waters of the Ziz and the Rheris. Er Rachidia is the provincial capital of the Tafilalt region, and has a bustling market located on the main square. On the road between Er Rachidia and Erfoud are the ‘Blue Springs’ at Meski and natural amphitheatre of Cirque de Jaffar near Midelt. Tinerhir, once a garrison of the French Foreign Legion, is worth a visit for its kasbahs. Near Tinerhir is the outstanding scenery of the Drâa Valley (made famous for its red-earthern kasbahs) and the magnificent Todra gorge.

The Deep South

This former French garrison is reached via a beautifully scenic route from Marrakech over the Tizi n’Tichka pass. Ouarzazate is a great starting point for tours to the deep south. Of particular interest is the kasbah of Taourirt, the Museum of Arts and Crafts and the Carpet Weavers’ Co-operative Shop.

About 30 kilometres (19 miles) from Ouarzazate is the UNESCO World-Heritage-listed Ksar of Aït-Ben-Haddou. The Ksar is a traditional pre-Saharan habitat and comprises a group of earthen buildings enclosed by very high walls. Aït-Ben-Haddou has featured in many films which include Lawrence of Arabia and The Sheltering Sky.

The wonderful ochre-coloured cliffs and rock formations of the Dadès Gorge, 1 of Morocco’s many highlights, lie approximately 100 kilometres (63 miles) east of Ouarzazate. Close by is the fine village of Boumalne du Dadès which has various hotels and guest houses providing accommodation.

Zagora Region

It offers fantastic views of the Draa Valley and desert from the top of the Djebel Zagora. The oasis of Tamergroute, 18 kilometres (11 miles) away from Zagora, has a library containing some of the earliest Arabic manuscripts, written 9 centuries ago on gazelle skins and they are on display at the Zaouia Nasseria. Mhamid with its palm plantation is at the gates of the great sand desert and are located close by.

Elsewhere

South of Agadir, the pink kasbahs of Tafraoute perch on spurs of rock, their façades often painted with strange designs in ochre or white. Goulimine is the site of the Blue Men’s souk, held on weekend's. A camel market also takes place once a week, on Saturday's