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One of Morocco’s most scenic palm oases surrounds the small settlement of Skoura in the Dades Valley. The maze-like lanes of the vast palm grove make for fascinating exploring, both on foot and by mountain bike, and you’ll pass rammed-earth kasbahs along the way. While it’s an easy day trip from Ouarzazate, Skoura has appealing lodging options. The best have antique-filled rooms and lush gardens, so it’s worth staying overnight to make the most of a visit to the area. 

There’s much more to the palmeraie than just palm trees and rammed-earth dwellings. On a guided tour through the oasis, you can learn about the complicated irrigation system at work, featuring canals and locks that date back centuries. For deeper insight into Skoura, you can visit a local home and learn about Arab and Berber customs. You can also lend a hand to growers in the palmeraie harvesting dates, pomegranates and other products.
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Spend the night in a desert camp in Erg Chebbi
Map of Morocco North to South Adventure - 13 Days
Morocco North to South Adventure - 13 Days

This 13-day adventure takes you through the heart of Morocco as you wind your way from its northern to southern shores. See the blue-washed streets of Chefchaouen, discover the imperial city of Rabat, get lost in the souks of Fes, and sleep in Bedouin tents under the stars of the Erg Chebbi desert. After crossing the oases and rose fields of the Dadès Valley, take a food tour in vibrant Marrakesh before ending your trip with water sports and beach time in the surf town of Essaouira.

Dates ripen on a palm in Skoura
Map of South Morocco Adventure: Marrakech to Essaouira, Imlil, Skoura & Erg Chigaga - 14 Days
South Morocco Adventure: Marrakech to Essaouira, Imlil, Skoura & Erg Chigaga - 14 Days

Cover Morocco's south on this two-week adventure beginning and ending in buzzing Marrakech. You'll head into the High Atlas to meet with Berber locals and trek the Imlil Valley before crossing Tizi n'Tichka and visiting iconic Aït Benhaddou. Continuing south, you'll overnight in Skoura, trek its impressive oasis, camp amid the dunes of Erg Chigaga, and then head west to lesser-visited Taroudant beyond the Anti Atlas. Then it's off to Essaouira on the Atlantic Coast for relaxation and a tajine cooking class.

Casablanca's Hassan II Mosque has the world's second-tallest minaret
Map of Highlights of Morocco: Casablanca to Essaouira - 15 Days
Highlights of Morocco: Casablanca to Essaouira - 15 Days

On this 15-day itinerary, you'll explore Morocco from top to bottom. Fly into Casablanca and transfer to Rabat, then wander through the photogenic "Blue City" of Chefchaouen. Continue to historic Fes before heading on an adventure through the Sahara. After a four-day desert safari that will take you through remote villages and oases, you'll be off to Marrakech. Finish your trip with a guided tour of the seaside town of Essaouira before returning to Casablanca.

Other popular travel destinations in Morocco
Marrakesh · Fes · Moroccan Desert · Chefchaouen · Casablanca · Merzouga · Essaouira · Ouarzazate · Aït Benhaddou · Rabat · Meknes · Atlas Mountains · Boumalne Dades · Todra Gorge · Tangier · Imlil · Zagora · Taroudant · Asilah · Agadir · Draa Valley · Agdz · Kalaat M'Gouna · Bin El Ouidane