Formed by the Draa River as it flows south to the Sahara, the Draa Valley is a long, green oasis in a dry, rocky landscape. Known as “the date basket of Morocco”, this fertile corridor is home to many date palms, orchards and irrigated fields. The gateway to the valley is Agdz, which itself boasts a vast palmerie and a surprising number of ancient but well-preserved kasbahs. Discover the valley by car or enjoy hiking or biking through this beautiful verdant land.

WHERE TO STAY

> KASBAH AZUL

Surrounded by date palms, Kasbah Azul is an idyllic, tranquil and shady place to rest and relax. With a simple, elegant style, spacious rooms and a delightful pool, this hotel will exceed your expectations. Sylvie and Nasser, the owners, are welcoming and always look after our guests well. We highly recommend a night or two here!

> DAR QAMAR

Retreat from the dust of the desert and enter an oasis behind earth walls – this small guest house, surrounded by palm trees is relaxed haven and a great place to stay as you explore the Draa Valley. Beautiful gardens, a refreshing pool and a tranquil atmosphere, all houses within traditional southern Berber architecture. Prices for a double room start at £50.

WHAT TO DO

> DISCOVER THE DRAA VALLEY – HIKE, BIKE OR CAR

Take a customized tour through the Draa Valley – on foot, by car or by bike. Whichever you choose, you will discover a remarkable area of Morocco: an intensely green and fertile land in the middle of an arid and barren region. Two highlights are the amazing palm oases and the Kasbah (or Ksar) Tamnougalt, a fortifield Berber stronghold which was once the capital of the valley.

DRAA VALLEY

Altitude : 800m
Best time to visit : Oct. / May
Temperature range : 16-45°C
Infrastructure : good guesthouses
Environment : desert oasis
Journey Time : 1hr Ouarzazate
Access : by car

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