Zagora

Is probably one of the hottest Moroccan southern cities, the city is located in the region of souss

massa daraa on the Draa River. the city of Zagora once belonged to the province of Ouarzazate, now

Zagora is a separate city with its own province.

Zagora seems without prospect at first sight: a one-street, modern market town with a big

collection of hotels and government buildings. As the region’s main staging post for journeys

to the outer reaches of the Sahara, it attracts far more tourist awareness than it deserves in

itself – not to mention the hustlers trying to hook up with potential clients for camel treks.

Two things, however, redeem it. The first thing is Zagora location: this is, without a doubt,

the most dynamic stretch of the Draa. You only have to walk a mile or so out of the town to

find yourself in the middle of the palms and oasis cultivation. The second thing is a distinct

air of unreality. Directly behind the town rises the peculiar Hollywood-Sunset Mountain, and

at the end of the main street is a mock-serious road sign to Timbuktu.

Another draw for Zagora is its fabulous festivals. The Draa’s big event, the Moussem of

Moulay Abdelkader Jilali, is celebrated here during the Mouloud and other national festivals,

such as the Fete du Trone, are always entertaining.

Zagora is an easy place to get around in. Almost everything of importance is on the main

street, Boulevard Mohammed V, or the lower Avenue Hassan II. Across the river to the

southeast is the palmary and hamlet of Amazrou. This is a good alternative base with a fast-

growing collection of cosmopolitan hotels and campsites.

Zagora has some excellent places for trekking and camels can be hired on almost every

corner. The people of Zagora are very helpful and welcoming and will often invite you for tea

while shopping at their craft markets. Zagora is the perfect place to unwind and to forget

about the hustle and bustle of the busy city life.