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Erfoud & Merzouga

​Erfoud is an attractive oasis town in the Sahara Desert, often called the 'Gate of the Sahara Desert', as its hotels and restaurants make it a pleasant and convenient base from which to explore. The town was built in the 1920s by the French and is now inhabited by a mix of Arabs and Berbers. The scenic desert and oasis have been used in films such as The Mummy and Prince of Persia.

Merzouga is a small village about 55 kilometres from Erfoud. As well as being close to the Erg Chebbi Dunes, it is also near some less well known villages, which can be visited for an insight into the Berber way of life. Like Erfoud, Merzouga has a range of lodges and hotels, so is a good base in which to stay. 

The spectacular sight of Erg Chebbi is near both Erfoud and Merzouga. It is about a 7 hour drive southeast of Fez through mountain scenery including the spectacular Ziz Gorges. 

Erg Chebbi is a massive area of Saharan sand dunes. These dunes are the biggest in Morocco. It is a spectacular sight, an awe-inspiring expanse of sand with ever-changing colours at sunset and sunrise.

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Marrakech is the main international gateway. British Airways, Easy Jet, Ryan Air and Thomson have frequent direct flights from London to Marrakech. There are also direct flights to Casablanca and Fez, and a more extensive service with Royal Air Maroc to other airports within Morocco.

Language: Moroccan Arabic is the official language. It is significantly different from classical and modern Arabic.

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Not required for British travellers. Other nationalities should obtain advice from the embassy

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There are no compulsory vaccinations.

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