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Cut off by the High Atlas mountains, the south of Morocco is geographically isolated and culturally distinct from the rest of the country. The terrain is notoriously inhospitable, ranging from the lunar landscape of the Anti Atlas to the desert and dunes of the Western Sahara. The region's remoteness means it is an attractive destination for the adventurous traveler. The highlight is the enchanting Ameln Valley, surrounded by golden-pink cliffs and overflowing with palms and date trees. Besides the oasis villages, which come to life during the almond harvest, the region contains exquisite examples of prehistoric rock carvings. The coast in ...

Cut off by the High Atlas mountains, the south of Morocco is geographically isolated and culturally distinct from the rest of the country. The terrain is notoriously inhospitable, ranging from the lunar landscape of the Anti Atlas to the desert and dunes of the Western Sahara. The region's remoteness means it is an attractive destination for the adventurous traveler. The highlight is the enchanting Ameln Valley, surrounded by golden-pink cliffs and overflowing with palms and date trees. Besides the oasis villages, which come to life during the almond harvest, the region contains exquisite examples of prehistoric rock carvings. The coast in the far south of Morocco is not developed for tourism, but that makes it all the more intriguing. Mirleft is among the most enticing destinations, with its six beautiful, bohemian beaches. Sidi Ifni is eerily empty but somehow, mysteriously attractive. Heading south from here, the landscape becomes increasingly inhospitable, however impressive for its emptiness. One wonders why anybody bothers fighting over the disputed territory of the Western Sahara.

Mara Vorhees
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Mara Vorhees has written or contributed to many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including Brazil and Morocco.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Northern Africa along the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, the southern part of the country which includes the Western Sahara.
  • Language: Arabic, Berber Dialects, French
  • Currency: Moroccan Dirham
  • Research: Western Sahara | Wikitravel
  • Weather: Daylight | Rainfall
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  • Best Time to Visit:

    Spring or autumn; in late February and early March, villages in the Ameln valley hold celebratory harvest festivals.