Draâ Valley

The road southeast from Ouarzazate to Zagora is spectacular, first winding its way across the Jbel Anaouar mountains, and then down along the Draâ Valley, a strip of intense cultivation and a band of vivid colour weaving through the desert. Here and there are red-earth coloured kasbahs and villages of flat-roofed houses, their rooftops edged with crenellations. Once, the Draâ was one of the longest rivers in North West Africa. Today, the cultivated areas give way to the desert near M'hamid, south of Zagora. In this region, the classic sights are the village of Tamegroute, once famed as a centre of Islamic learning, and the dunes of Erg Lehoudi and Chigaga.

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