Draa Valley & Zagora
The Draa Valley is located to the south of the towns of Ouarzazate and Skoura in Morocco. The valley leads to the town of Zagora. Around here, you find the Erg Chigaga. This is a vast sand sea that is far larger than the Erg Chebbi located to the east around Merzouga. The Draa Valley is a delight to drive through. There are palm plantations aplenty, dramatic valley-hugging Kasbahs, and villages made from crumbling pisé (mud-brick) walls.
There are some superb lodges within Zagora from where you can explore the desert beyond. From here, you can head off to a remote desert camp for the night.
Tinzouline is known for its wonderful dates (especially good from September to November). Also of note in the Draa Valley is Timidarte, where you’ll stop at Timarine Tijara. This is an artisan producer of wonderful date jam and syrup. You can also stop in Agdz for lunch, a classic caravanserai oasis. Here you can see the Caid’s Kasbah and Glaoui Kasbah before having lunch at Kasbah Azul.