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Popularly known as the Gates of Sahara, the town of Erfoud has much more to offer than the first awe-inspiring views of the largest desert on the planet. The town is dotted with ksars (ancient fortified villages), the largest one being Maadid, whose bustling streets and quaint houses are a photographer’s delight. Erfoud’s scenic sand and dunes have been the setting for many a Hollywood adventure movie. Not just serene desert, the region also boasts striking greenery and fertility of nearby oases and precious mineral fossils on the road to Merzouga. Experience the energy of a traditional Moroccan market at Erfoud’s Souq where you can pick up Berber handicrafts or fresh dates and olives. Also visit the Royal Palace nearby, which is famous as the only castle in the Sahara Desert, and the Bur-Est hilltop which offers picturesque views of the town below.

Highlights

  • The Gates of Sahara
  • Ancient Ksars
  • Royal Palace

 

Places to Stay

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Kasbah Hotel Chergui

Style: Boutique

Kasbah Hotel Chergui, standing a few miles beyond the city of Erfoud, on the way to Errachidia, offers you a pleasant and comfortable stay in the desert.

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Kasbah Hotel Xaluca Arfoud

Style: Boutique

Kasbah Hotel Xaluca Arfoud, less than an hour’s drive from the airport at Er-Rachidia, is tucked among the desert dunes of Erfoud. Expect a traditional Moroccan Kasbah built with adobe bricks as you step inside this boutique hotel.

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