Travel Budget for Zagora

Region de Souss-Massa-Draa, Morocco

How much does it cost to travel to Zagora?

How much money will you need in Zagora? MAD400 ($43) is the average daily price for traveling in Zagora. The average price of food for one day is MAD103 ($11). The average price of a hotel for a couple is MAD571 ($62). Additional pricing is in the table below. These average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
    MAD400
  • One Week Per person
    MAD2,800
  • 2 Weeks Per person
    MAD5,600
  • One Month Per person
    MAD12,000
  • One Week For a couple
    MAD5,600
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
    MAD11,200
  • One Month For a couple
    MAD24,001
How expensive is Zagora?
  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
    MAD286
  • Food2 Meals for one day
    MAD103
  • Local Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    MAD11
  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    MAD23
Zagora tours and activities
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Zagora On a Budget
A small town in southern Morocco, Zagora is a popular base camp for excursions on foot, by camel, or four wheel drive vehicles into the surrounding desert. One of the most famous and historic treks is the ancient caravan route to Timbuktu, marked by a famous sign at the end of town - indicating a journey of "52 days" by camel.
Sights
Those who visit Zagora are most likely using it as a stopping point before heading out on excursions to the surrounding desert attractions. One such place is the Jebel Zagora on the southeastern outskirts of the city, which many people climb for magnificent views of the city and surrounding area of the valley below. It is best to embark in the morning for cooler temperatures, and maybe even catch the sunrise.

Another popular venture is to the Tinfou dunes, just a few kilometers southeast of Zagora. The place can be accessed by all kinds of vehicles and is a great way to experience the desert landscape within the safety of nearby civilization.

The region's religious center, Tamegroute, is also not far. It is home to the desert area's first library with a number of ancient manuscripts, and is also a place renowned for the expertise of its artisan potters.

A visit to Amazraou, a village just south of Zagora, is also worth a visit. It is located at the foot of an ancient Jewish Kasbah, or fortress. Dating from the 12th century, it is situated amidst a palm grove with plenty of alleyways, adobe houses, and market squares to explore.
Neighborhoods
Zagora is a small town located in the Draa River valley of Souss-Massa Draa in the south-east of Morocco. While the town itself is dry and flat, it is flanked by mountains with a vast grove of palms and the Draa River to the east. There are a number of small cafés and restaurants on the main drag of town as well as a number of juice and dairy shops. Most hotels are located on the south end of town or in the neighboring smaller town of Amazraou. Many street corners are vibrantly painted with scenes of palm trees and traditional Kasbahs, bringing color and life to residential areas. There is also a traditional souk, or Moroccan marketplace, located just outside of the city, held on Sundays and Wednesdays. Vendors sell fruits, vegetables, meat, and live animals as well as traditional clothing, local handiwork, toiletries, kitchenware, and furniture. There is also an adjoining flea market with a full range of items usually brought over from Europe.

Activities
As mentioned earlier, Zagora is a base camp for ventures in the surrounding landscape. Any one of the excursions mentioned above can occupy one's time in the area. Hiking or backpacking, four wheel drive trips, and camel caravans are the most popular means of travel when it comes to these adventures.
Food and Dining
Food in Zagora is that which is typical of Moroccan cuisine, influenced by a mix of Arabic, Andalusian, Berber, and Mediterranean cultures. One of the best known Moroccan dishes is couscous, usually topped with a stew of meat (beef or chicken) and vegetables. Dishes like this one are typically served in a tangine, or earthenware pot, in which it is cooked. Lamb is also very popular in Moroccan cooking, as is seafood. Other well-known dishes include a sweet and savory pie called Pastilla (made with meat, spices, almonds, and cinnamon), a kind of stew called Tanjia, and a traditional soup called Harira (made with tomatoes, lentils, chickpeas, onions, rice, and meat). Most meals are accompanied by bread - ranging from white flour bread and baguettes to flat breads and unleavened pan-fried breads. For dessert it is typical to have seasonal fruit, while a popular beverage is green tea with mint. Street food is also very common. There are plenty of cafés and restaurants along the main drag of Zagora, as well as some nice places to eat in the hotels just south of town in Amazraou.
Transportation
The nearest international airports are Marrakech Menara Airport and Ouarzazate Airport. From Marrakech, travelers can take a direct bus to Zagora for a journey of about 8 hours. From Ouarzazate there are buses and also collective taxis, taking about 3 hours. While the distance is greater from Zagora, the airport at Marrakech offers a wider range of services to and from cities including London, Dublin, Oslo, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Paris, and Madrid. For those flying from the United States and Canada, the closest airport is Mohammed V International Airport in Casablanca, which has connector flights to Marrakech.
1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase.
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Travel Tips

The Dunes of Tinfou

By backpackguru in Entertainment
The deserts near Zagora make it a popular place to head into the Sahara, do a camel trek, and watch the sunset over the sand dunes. About five kilometers out of town you find the beautiful sand dunes in the desert. The dunes, referred to as the "dunes of Tinfou" are a popular place to visit, and a great place to watch the sunset. As the sun dips below the horizon you the colors turn an incredibly striking orange and you know you're somewhere special. It's not an undiscovered place, and when you arrive you'll be met by camels and their owners, eager to take you into the desert of a ride. You also have the option to spend the night in the desert and see the sunrise the next morning. Including in the arrangement is a bedouin tent and meals, and a little traditional entertainment.

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