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Merzouga

This desert town in the south-east of Morocco has the blocky, terracotta coloured buildings so common in this part of the world, and borders one of the world’s most spectacular landscapes. Merzouga lies on the edge of Erg Chebbi, a monumental series of sand dunes that reach heights of 160 metres, larger than many of the skyscrapers in London’s business district. It’s an amazing sight, especially as the dunes change colour in the setting sun from shades of gold to orange, pink and purple. When you come here you'll be immersing yourself in Saharan Morocco, a place unlike any other.

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Staying In Merzouga

Image: As well as hotels, there are more traditional places to stay...

There are dozens of places to stay in and around Merzouga, ranging from functional hostels to opulent palaces and kasbahs that date back to the times of Berber princes. Most places provide food and drink and will arrange desert treks and other tours for you as part of the service.

Getting To Merzouga

Image: You can't fly direct to Merzouga, but what a road trip

Merzouga is tucked in the south-east corner of Morocco and can only be reached by road. People coming from abroad usually fly directly to Marrakech and drive from there, or fly into Casablanca or Agadir and then take an internal flight to Ouarzazate. The drive from Marrakech is about 350 miles, while Ouarzazate is 230 miles, so it's a good idea to split the journey over two days and see a different part of Morocco on the way.

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One of the best things about yoga is that it can be practised anywhere: at the gym, in the living room, in the park. It’s almost a case of ‘have mat will travel’. But there’s no denying that your surroundings can affect your session, and stretching next to a building site isn’t going to help…

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