Travel to Souterh Morocco, the dramatic Sahara

  • Southern Morocco, Morocco, Southern Morocco, Morocco
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  • Southern Morocco, Morocco, Southern Morocco, Morocco
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Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Expert destination Morocco

Very few tourists travel to Southern Morocco. The lack of infrastructure to accommodate them certainly presents an obstacle to the development of tourism in the region, which is a shame because the Deep South is a nature lover's dream come true. There are a few cities spread across the Atlantic Coast and inland, but the rest is nothing but ocean, desert and wind. Fishing villages and nomad camps are scattered here and there. You can start to understand why Antoine de St. Exupéry, the French aviator and writer, became depressed while he was stationed at Tarfaya with the solitude weighing heavily all around. For quiet and relaxing holidays though, far from the hustle and bustle of modern life, Morocco's south is without doubt the perfect destination.

Southern Morocco: the key figures

Surface area : 659970.0 km2

Population : 32300000 inhabitants

Time difference : The UK and Morocco are both in the same time zone so normally there is no time difference. However, daylight saving starts and ends on different dates in both countries, so at certain times of the year the UK can be one hour ahead.

  • The beautiful scenery
  • The unspoiled nature
  • The endless desert. Here, you really feel like you're at the end of the earth
  • The lack of infrastructure
  • The numerous identity checks

Southern Morocco: what to visit?

Landscapes

  • , Western Sahara, Landscapes, Southern Morocco
    Western Sahara
  • , The Atlantic coast, Landscapes, Southern Morocco
    The Atlantic coast
  • , The Atlantic coast, Landscapes, Southern Morocco

Activities and leisure

  • , Desert trekking, Activities and leisure, Southern Morocco
    Desert trekking
  • , Surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing, Activities and leisure, Southern Morocco
    Surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing
  • , Sports fishing, Activities and leisure, Southern Morocco
    Sports fishing
  • , Sports fishing, Activities and leisure, Southern Morocco

Arts and culture

  • , Rock art, Arts and culture, Southern Morocco
    Rock art
  • , Vestiges of Spanish colonialism, Arts and culture, Southern Morocco
    Vestiges of Spanish colonialism
  • , Vestiges of Spanish colonialism, Arts and culture, Southern Morocco

Sites

  • , The Tarfaya Aéropostale, Sites, Southern Morocco
    The Tarfaya Aéropostale
  • , The St Exupéry Museum, Sites, Southern Morocco
    The St Exupéry Museum
  • , The St Exupéry Museum, Sites, Southern Morocco

Southern Morocco: what to buy?

You can find Sahrawi handicraft that is similar to what you can buy in Mauritania. Women can bring back fabrics and clothing traditionally worn in southern Morocco and the Sahara, such as women's boubous (robes) and sarouels (trousers). Sahrawis also like to adorn themselves with jewellery that they show off. You can find exquisite pieces of jewellery to take home but also everyday items. Leather crafts are still an important trade, so you're sure to find some beautiful bags, belts and shoes here.

Southern Morocco: what to eat?

The cuisine in the south of Morocco consists of fish in the coastal towns, but also meat such as mutton, lamb and camel. There are several local specialities to try like El Benaka, a mixture of liver, camel hump and corn. Wheat, barley and corn are eaten regularly. As for drinks, you'll find both camel and goats' milk. Roasted barley is another one to try. Of course mint tea is drunk in the middle of the desert in the searing heat - the perfect refreshment to quench your thirst. Bread is also served with meals.

Southern Morocco: main cities

Southern Morocco: travel tips

If you're travelling to the Deep South of Morocco make sure to pack warm clothes but also lighter clothing that covers most of your skin to protect from sunburn. Hats and bottles of water are essential. Use a local guide if you want to go camel trekking in the Sahara.

If you're travelling by car, remember to check that you have a full tank of petrol, as you don't want to break down in the middle of the desert.

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