Zagora Tourism: Sights and Attractions
The town of Zagora, modern and dominated by administrative buildings and hotels, has little character. The main sights are outside town: the atmospheric hamlet and palmery of Amazrou across the Draa, and the Djebel Zagora, a mountain across the valley worth climbing for its spectacular views.
The picturesque oasis village of Amezrou lies across the Draa, some 3 kilometers southeast of Zagora. This is a great place to spend the afternoon at the shade of the palm trees and ksours, as the palmeraie life goes on around you unaffected.
The local sight is the interesting 17th century Mellah, which contains an old Jewish Kasbah, la Kasbah des Juifs. The Jewish community were very active in silver jewellery, a trade carried on by Berber silversmiths in the few silver workshops remaining in the village. The locals will happily show you the entire process in one of sign-posted workshops.
The spectacular Djebel Zagora, which rises directly behind the town across the valley, is worth climbing for the spectacular views and watching the sunset, something of a tradition around here.
The round-trip walk will take you the best of three hours, but if you have your own wheel drive it’s only a short 40 minutes ride. Take the road to the Hotel Kasbah Asmaa then turn towards the river and follow the irrigation channels to Camping La Montagne. Follow the rough track to the right until you raise across the hillside – this is the viewpoint. You can look out across the ksours and palmery, to Djebel Sarhro and even to the dunes beyond.
Just below the road, there are the faint ruins of a colossal fort to explore. It was built by the Almoravids in the 11th century as an outpost against their Tafilalt rivals and to protect the caravans to and from Timbuktu.