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Top 5 reasons why you should visit Merzouga, Morocco

Merzouga is a small Moroccan town in the Sahara Desert, near the Algerian border. It’s known as a gateway to Erg Chebbi, a huge expanse of sand dunes north of town. West of Merzouga, Dayet Srji is a seasonal salt lake that’s often dry in summer. When full, it attracts a wide range of migratory and desert birds, including desert warblers, Egyptian nightjars and, occasionally, flamingos.

1. Its attractions will enchant you

With its few wonderfully well-preserved ocher-colored buildings, Merzouga is one of the most beautiful places in Morocco. It is also a great little town which is particularly familiar with mass tourism for its majestic dunes: Erg Chebbi. It indeed contains the largest mound of sand in the country. It is not surprising to see visitors coming from all over the world to contemplate it. Lose yourself in its charming streets lined with cafes and restaurants and take advantage of its souvenir shops (carpets, traditional clothes or even jewelry) to enrich your stay.

2. You will see the largest Moroccan dunes there

Erg Chebbi is not only the largest dune in Morocco, but one of the most touristic there. When you see it, its ocher-colored sand will dazzle you. It stretches for several kilometers and is easy to admire. You will be fascinated by its natural splendor. You will see there the fantastic graffiti that the winds of the south of Morocco are able to draw. Climbing the dunes is the easiest and most exciting thing you will have to do during your excursion. Its summit will offer breathtaking views of the entire desert. You absolutely must contemplate it!

3. You will have a wide choice of activities to practice

The sublime village will offer you an unforgettable stay. Horse riding in the desert is a sensational experience that no visitor gets tired of practicing. You also have the choice of traveling through the dunes on a camel. One thing is certain, the guides will show you lots of beautiful places. Erg Chebbi sand is also known for its therapeutic benefits: do not hesitate to take a sand bath. You will see that it is very relaxing! Shopping enthusiasts will spare no effort to browse the boutiques of clothes, carpets, etc. Let yourself go and make the most of its unique moments of happiness!

4. Its deserts are home to fantastic species of birds

Merzouga is a resplendent locality which will not cease to surprise you. You will admire a charming multitude of birds . They are common in all seasons, but abound in the desert during the rainy season. You will see birds such as the crow, parrots, gulls, flamingos and many other species of freshwater birds. You will enjoy discharging your camera there. Bird watchers will love it!

5. You will admire Dayet Lake

Surrounded by palm groves as far as the eye can see, Lake Dayet is sumptuous. You will take advantage of the remarkable tranquility that reigns there for swimming and lounging in the sun. Its boundless beauty will make you dream. You can walk in the shade and cool. This splendid body of water will provide you and your family with an ideal setting, out of sight and out of noise. The picnic moments are thrilling, and it will make you want to go back every time you come to Morocco.