Zagora

Zagora (زكورة) is a town in southern Morocco.

Get in

There are direct buses from Marrakech (approx 8 hours). From Ouarzazate there are buses and also collective taxis (approx 2 hours once you have started, Dh 50-70 in January 2008).

Get around

The town is maybe 5 km long and 1 km wide at the widest point. There are numerous small taxis (Dh 3 per person if you share).

See

Jebel Zagora is said to be worth climbing. There are pleasant walks along the river and in the irrigated areas around. 18 km south, Tamegroute has a famous ancient library.

Famous is the sign showing road to Timbuctu, easy to find just few meters from the roundabout where the road splits left to Mhamid and right to the airport.

Do

Go on a camel trek; not necessarily to the dunes, which are hard on the legs.

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Buy

Dates and spices in the market (Wednesday and Sunday).

Eat

There are plenty of small café/restaurants, as well as juice and milk shops along the main drag in town. Expect to pay between 80 and 100 MAD for a lunch for two people. Here are some sample prices:

-Salade marocaine (tomatoes, onions and peppers) 15 MAD
-Tajine kefta (meatball tajine) 40 MAD
-Mint tea 10 MAD
-Orange juice 6 - 10 MAD

For a nice dinner, go to one of the hotels just outside town in Amzrou. La Fibule du Draa and Kasbah Asmaa both have full service restaurants in the evening.

Sleep

Auberge Restaurant Chez Ali (on the way to the river) is worth looking at for its remarkable garden.

The hotel also organizes excursions to the desert (via camel or SUV,) overnight or just for the day. Prices starting around 400 MAD for overnight.

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