Where to stay: Merzouga

In the vicinity of Merzouga, at the edge of dunes, tens of hotels have been built – from simple campsites to 5-star hotels with the high level of service. If you want to see the desert, you should stay just there.

For coming to Merzouga you are often offered to stay in the «nearest» towns, Erfoud being one of them. The town is about 70 km from Merzouga. By no means should you accept this proposition, if you travel alone. If you have your own car, you must go to Merzouga. If you take a taxi at the airport of Errachidia, you still have to go to the edge of the dunes. But if you turn to a travel agency, you will have no choice.

In this case, during a trip to the dunes, which are offered by the travel agencies of Erfoud, you will be taken in a big bus to one of the dunes nearer the road, show the wells where the bedouins got water and suggest to buy some souvenirs at one of the local shops. Also, they may take you to a lake with flamingos.

Near Merzouga and in the village itself there are many hotels of various levels. One of the best hotels located at the edge of the dunes is Timbuktu (the price of two-bed room is about 100 euros per night). The hotel has a very big territory and a swimming-pool screened from wind and sand. Any time you can go out of it and have a walk in the dunes or admire the sunset.

Panorama Hotel is also in this area. The hotel is on the top of an impregnable mountain. It is the only 5-star rated hotel in the area and from it you can have a really beautiful view. The only disadvantage of the hotel is that it is very far from the dunes, and it will be quite difficult to have a walk in the desert. You can only see the Erg-Chebbi from the viewing points of the hotel.

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