If you don’t have the time to visit one of the most famous locations of the Sahara desert, which are several hours from Marrakesh, the Agafay desert is, without any doubt, a charming alternative.
Notwithstanding it is placed next to Marrakesh,it’s, in fact, still an uncontaminated destination from the mass tourism, and boasts a perfectly preserved natural environment.
This particular nature’s jewel is placed only 30 kilometers from the Red City, in the direction of the High Atlas massif, and develops for several hundred hectares next to the first hills. Its specificity is that it’s a desert made of stones and rocks, which give a unique landscape, in which some white dunes, that reminds the Saharan ones of Erg Chebbi, stand up.
But the surprises do not stop here, there is also an enchanted oasis hidden in the heart of the Agafay desert. You will be enchanted by the contrast between the color of the vegetation and the clear dunes sculpted by the erosion. At the end of the oasis between the olive and eucalyptus trees, and vineyards, you can relax in the abandoned farmhouse that has been transformed into a restaurant.
Following the course of the river, you can admire beautiful small canyons that have been dug by violent floods of the wadi. These canyons enrich the variety of landscapes that this desert of exceptional beauty has to offer.
Longtime ignored, now the desert Agafay has risen, in the last years, a real interest by tourists. To have the opportunity to discover this natural environment so fascinating and have an idea of what the Sahara Desert can offer to you, you will have the opportunity to visit it by 4×4, quad and buggy and spend an unforgettable day. The discovery of this stone desert will remain as one of your best memories of your visit to Marrakech. Do not hesitate to ask us any info.