Travelogue

Quarzazate and Merzouga

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Ouarzazate is a city south of Morocco’s High Atlas mountains, known as a gateway to the Sahara Desert. Its huge Taourirt Kasbah, home to a 19th-century palace, has views over the rugged local landscape, which features in several movies. A road winds southeast through the Draa Valley’s lush palm groves to the desert. Merzouga is a small village in southeastern Morocco, about 55 kilometers from Erfoud, and about 50 kilometers from the Algerian border.