1 Telouet

The abandoned feudal kasbah of the “Lords of the Atlas” is hugely evocative.

2 Aït Benhaddou

The cream of the south’s desert architecture, used as a striking location for numerous movies.

3 Palmeries

Fed by ancient water courses, the great palmeries of Morocco’s southern oases form an astounding contrast with the desert.For more information, see The Dadès and Todra, Tinghir and Todra palmeries & Camping

4 Kasbah stays

You should try and spend at least a night in one of these iconic buildings, hand-crafted with mud and straw and providing welcome respite from the desert heat.For more information, see El Kelâa M’Gouna and around, Eating and drinking & Figuig

5 Dadès Gorge

Outlandish rock formations and ruined kasbahs at the head of a valley winding deep into the Atlas watershed.

6 Todra Gorge

This dramatic cleft in the High Atlas is one of the country’s finest natural spectacles.

7 Erg Chebbi

Morocco’s most impressive sand dunes, stretching out to the border with Algeria, are best explored on camel back.

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