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Attractions in Southern Marocco

Marrakech

is known as the Red City with a population of over 1 million. Marrakech has the largest traditional market in Morocco. Marrakesh is the third largest city in Morocco after Casablanca and Rabat. There is a lot to see in Marrakech.

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Picture of Menara Gardens.

They were built in the 12th century (c. 1130) and the intention was to irrigate the area using a sophisticated system of underground channels . It consists of a basin and a pavilion.

Djemaa el Fna

Picture of Djemaa el Fna

This is the biggest market and square in Marrekech, used by both locals and tourists.There are story tellers, dancing boys, snake charmers and many food stalls.

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Ouarzazate

The city name means "without noise" or "without confusion". At present, it hosts one of the largest movie studios in the world, Atlas Studios. There are also a great deal of palaces and castles that can be visited.

Atlas Studios

Picture of Atlas Studios.

Several historical movies were shot on those studios Astérix et Cléopâtre, Lawrence of Arabia, The Man Who Would Be King, Cleopatra, Kundun, Gladiator and lately Alexander, Kingdom of Heaven and Babel).

Ait Benhaddous

Picture of Ait Benhaddous.

This is a Fortified city and has some beautiful examples of kasbahs (castle), which unfortunately get damaged each rainstorm.

 

 

 

Merzouga

Merzouga is known for its beautiful dunes. A special vehicle is necessary for visitors and tourists to pass through the dunes. The trip is also made passible with camels.

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Picture of a dune.

Sunrise

 

 

Erg Chebbi dune in Marocco Merzouga

Picture of Erg Chebbi Dune

The erg is 22 km long (North-South) and 5 km wide. Its dunes reach a maximum height of 150 meters.

 

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The Berbers

Berbers are the indigenous peoples of Noth Africa. In Marocco they often call themselves some variant of the word Imazighen meaning "free men". Today the berbers live mainly in Marocco and some live in Algeria. Some berbers used to live a nomadic life, while others were farmers.

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Picture of Berber Women

Moroccan women crush Argan tree nuts in Smimmou, near Essaouira, to make Argan oil. For centuries, Berber women of this region have produced argan oil which was used for their consumption and traditional Moroccan medicine. People abroad are more and more interested in this oil either for its cosmetic and nutritional properties

Trekking

You can in the desert of Sahara ride camels or ride in cars. You can also proceed at foot.

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Picture of a camels

Experience the desert with camel treking supported by cars.

 

 

 

 

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