Site of the iconic sign ‘Timbuctu 52 jours’, the desert outpost of Zagora has been a caravan halt for at least 500 years. You can shop for jewellery with Berber, Muslim and Jewish motifs in the nearby mellah of Amazraou. If you’re feeling energetic, a climb up the Jebel Zagora will give you a splendid view over the Draa Valley.
M'hamid is a small desert town about an hours drive south of Zagora and the place from where the real desert fun commences! The stepping off place for desert camps at Erg Chigaga and other areas of the Sahara. Can be dusty when there is wind and I have experienced a major sand storm in M'Hamid once which I have to say was quite scary. This little gateway town to the Sahara is a very exciting and beautiful place to visit. Beyond stretch 4,800 kilometres of desert.