Things to See & Do
At first sight, Zagora is a dusty, single street town. However, its location and festivals save it from being just another dust-filled desert town. In many ways Zagora is the end of the line. If you follow the road from Ouarzazate through the gorgeous Draa Valley until the road ends, this is where you wind up. Zagora also used to be the beginning of another line. It is not far from this town that the famous sign " Timbouctou: 52 days" can be found. If the border were open, and you travelled by camel, this may be true as it was a caravan route in the past. In and around Zagora you will be able to experience a few genuine kasbahs - small fortresses for large families or small villages.
Surrounding the town are the endless palm groves of the Draa Valley, framed by the Jebel Rhart and the peaks of the Jebel Sarhro to the North and the Jebel Bani to the south. In between the greenery of the palm groves lay the Ksour, or fortified villages, whose pink colour and texture reflect the colour of the stone from which they built. The age of this type of settlement is reflected in the name, which is an Arabic version of the word 'Caesar'. The palm groves of the Draa valley form an abundant canopy of green waving palm leaves that shelters the valley floor from the scorching sun, making this one of the most important date-producing regions in the world. Under this canopy, other produce, such as barley and vegetables, is grown.
Not to be Missed
During the Mouloud in April, Zagora hosts the annual religious festival (moussem) of the Sufi Saint Moulay Abdelkader Jilali, which is of great importance to the entire Draa Valley.
About 20 km south of Zagora you will come across Tamegroute, a settlement that originally developed as a Koranic centre of learning. Here, among the ancient theological colleges, where followers of the strict Naciri brotherhood read from centuries-old original copies, there are also villagers, potters and market traders at work. The potters cook plates, jugs and jars in outdoor archaic kilns and curiously they are all green and brown. Green is obtained with magnesium and copper, and brown with antimony and copper.
Just south of Tamegroute are the beautiful golden sand dunes of Tinfou, whose colour changes along with the light. Sunrise and sunset are favoured times to climb the dunes and contemplate the surroundings.
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