Erfoud Travel Guide

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Erfoud Things to Do

  • Erfoud's annual Date Festival

    Centred around the enormous number of dates grown around here, being one of the biggest - if not the biggest - palmeraie in Morocco stretching from Er Rachidia down to Rissani, this festival is timed with the harvesting time for dates.This was the first time that Ive been in the area and to ERfoud in time for the harvest and for the festival and...

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  • ERfoud vs Rissani

    if you have to stay in a town well Rissani is the choice - its the historical town/city for the sahara in that area, the major city for the caravan routes that went down through there - there are things to see in Rissani such as the souks which are rather specifically things well worth seeing when in that area - i wouldnt go to the area or Rissani...

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  • The dunes of Mergouza

    The sand dunes of Merzouga are one of the stars of the Moroccan tourist circuit.Most tour groups use Erfoud rather than Rissani as the staging post before Megouza: it has the necessary restaurants and hotels. Trips by Landrover can easily be arrranged, many leaving at a thoroughly ungodly hour in order to cantch the sunrise.At eleven or so they...

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  • Walk up to Burj Est

    Two or three kilometres southeast of town, thie fort is still used by the army so the very top of the hill is, frustratingly, off-limits.

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  • The Touaregs will find you

    It is about a 45 minute drive by four wheel drive from the hotel in Erfoud to the Saharan dunes. The drivers let you out and point you eastward. You can be lazy and take a camel across the dunes or you can set off on foot. We chose to hoof it. There is no danger of getting lost because a host of Touaregs will descend on you as soon as you set forth...

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  • Take Only Pictures, leave Only...

    Ok. Ok. It's not really possible to take much of anything from the Sahara. But still, words of wisdom to live by when visiting any fragile ecosystem. The Sahara is spectacularly beautiful in its starkness, but we would not want to have the whole world to be this barren.

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Erfoud Hotels

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  • Kasbah Hotel Xaluca Maadid

    205, Route Errachidia, Erfoud, 52202, Morocco

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Auberge Derkaoua

    B.P. 64, Erfoud, Morocco

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel Ksar Assalassil

    B.P: 251, route Errachidia, Erfoud, Morocco

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

Erfoud Restaurants

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    by johnsakura Written Jun 7, 2003

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    You can have all sorts of moroccan dishes from Tajines to Harera, Tanjia, salads etc.
    Be sure not to pay more than 35 or 40 dirhams for a tajine. usualy is 25 but it some times depends.
    Be sure if you're a vegetarian and if you ask for a vegetarian tajine to say 100 times that you don't even want the taste of meat in you plate, cos they'll just take the meat out and let the sauce in.

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Erfoud Nightlife

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    by TheLongTone Written Oct 20, 2006

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    Erfoud is pretty quiet. I have to say that there did not seem to be any group tours around during my short stay - all the tourist restaurants at the bottom of Av Mohammed V were quiet or dead -

    The place shuts down fairly early, with the busy cafe of the Hotel Mergouza empty and closing up by eleven. At one in the morning I went up to the roof of my hotel to have a smoke and look at the rising moon. The quiet was absolute, the silence deep enough for me to be able to hear the clicking of an unseen dog's claws as it ran acoss along the pavement.

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Erfoud Transportation

  • In and out of Erfoud

    Erfoud is well served by long-distance buses. The private ones leave from the main sguare, where the ticket office can be found. CTM ticket office & departures are on Bvd Mohammed VGrandes Taxis depart from the square. This is probably the best way to move on to Rissani.

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  • Four wheeling in the Sahara

    Its a soft, yet bumpy ride from Erfoud to the Saharan dunes. Noting but sand. The road peters out by and by. The drivers pick their way through the sand dunes while keeping the wheels moving. Don't want to get bogged down in the sand and have to push out. We were in a convey of seven four by fours. The drivers seemed to race each other as they...

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  • Taxis

    Taxi are here like flies. If you need one you'll not have a problem. Some people pay to go to Marrakesh (750km), with this big bush cabs. They pay more than going by bus but if divided by 4 its much easier, faster and safe.

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Erfoud Shopping

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    by TheLongTone Updated Oct 20, 2006

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    The main stores selling stone articles, fossils & decorative minerals are strung out along the main road from Er Rachidia to Rissani.

    Smaller workshops can be found South of town - on the road that leads over the Ziz towards Burj Est, The same stuff but cheaper.

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Erfoud Local Customs

  • tea drinking

    The people are friendly and you are easily invited for tea. This can be in a shop or with people at home or at the street.It is a great way the make contact and learn about the country.We the owners of the shop, who were killing time, waiting for customers.

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  • Funeral

    If you by any chance see a funeral get away from the people. Usualy they don't like foreigners watching them going to the cemitery. They get mad if they see making pictures of it.

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  • Erfoud Hotels

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Erfoud Warnings and Dangers

  • The way to Merzouga is not the piste...

    Im still reading here and there, and noticed it showing still on the new edition of the Michelin map, of which I have always recommended as the best map for the roads around Morocco, that the main road to Merzouga and therefore the desert dunes and so on as being direct from Erfoud bypassing Rissani ie the piste/rough road is from Rissani and the...

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  • Don't expect great photography from the...

    Our Taureg dune guide was very cheerful and really eager to please. He was insistent that he take our photograph. I handed over the camera and later found out that I had been cut off at mid forehead. Oh well, that's ok. I know what I look like and don't need to have pictures of myself cluttering up the photo albums.

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Erfoud Tourist Traps

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    by faneka Written Dec 30, 2004

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    If you thing that the desert is a lonnely place with sand, hot and camels... you are wrong!
    It is crouded, lots of people, mostly turists, and of course locals.

    Unique Suggestions: If you must, go, but take some money with you, because you will find locals asking you to

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Erfoud Off The Beaten Path

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    by zrim Written Feb 1, 2005

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    Over there, on the far side of that big dune, lies Algeria. Just a couple miles from where we watched the sunrise. I'd love to be able to paint Algeria blue on my world vt map, but unless I physically cross the border, it doesn't count, does it? If I understood our Taureg correctly, his encampment was in a small oasis in Algeria. Tauregs roam the Sahara with little regard for national boundaries.

    looking for the sun to rise out of Algeria
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Erfoud Favorites

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    by johnsakura Written Jun 7, 2003

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    Favorite thing: This is the place where all the actions goes in Erfoud. If you need a cab it's here, if you need a bus its here, I mean everything. Bus tickets, groceries, food, etc...

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