Rissani Travel Guide

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Rissani Things to Do

  • Camel Trekking

    You might want to check out my Merzouga homepage. All the memories are coming flooding back! You will have an amazing time! It does get very cold in the winter in Merzouga though so bring a good sleeping bag and some warm clothing for the night.

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  • Market with sheeps, cows

    On your way from the the market with vegetables, herbs and spices to the impressive place where the villagers park their donkeys you can find separate marketplaces for animals.So we had a look at the place where the sheeps are sold. (picture 1,2 &3). The next place we looked inside was the place for the cows. When we came in the morning there are a...

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  • The gate of Rissani

    Coming from north-west by the N13 from Erfoud or by the N12 from Nkob you will enter Rissani by a huge gate, the so-called bab. You can't miss it.I can't remember I entered Rissani by a gate in 1975. Anyway when I came back to Rissani after 33 years this nicily decorated bab with bright yellow, red and green colours looked rather new. Together with...

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  • Donkey parking lot

    One of the greatest places at the market to visit is the place where the donkeys are. When I came back to Rissani in 2008, I could easily find back the place, walking a bit to the northern area of the market along the Avenue Moulay Ali Cherif.It's a rather big open area, where the visiting villagers of the market and the souqs park their donkeys....

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  • Rissani market

    When I came back to Rissani in 2008 I visited two times the market. There are three market days in Rissani, sunday, tuesday and thursday.At the market you can buy a lot of vegetables and fruits from the villagers coming from the surrounding villages in the palmeraie. But I saw also spices, herbs, clothes, shoes, kitchen utensiles and plastic...

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  • Mausoleum of Moulay Ali Cherif

    The Zawiya Moulay Ali ash-Cherif is the mausoleum of the founder of the Alawite dynasty. After the demolition floods of the Wadi Ziz the mausoleum is rebuilt in 1955.When you arrive at the place, you see a nicily decorated gate. Behind the gate is an innercourt leading to the tomb of Ali ash-Cherif. This tomb is closed to non-muslims.Behind the...

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  • Souqs of Rissani

    When I visitt Morocco I like it to wander around in the souqs. During my stay in Rissani in 2008 I visited the towncentre, the souq and the market two times, both times at market days. Sunday, tuesday and thursday are the market days in Rissani. I don't know how the town will be at the other days, but when I was there at sunday and tuesday, the...

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  • Morocco's most African market, visit in...

    Maybe in Rissani started also my addiction for markets, especially the African ones. I liked the bustling activities, the colours, the smells at the market. Rissani has Morocco's most African market. At the market I saw lots of fruits, dates, animals like sheep, goats and camels and many more articles of all kind. There was a continuous activity of...

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  • Souqs of Rissani, first visit in 1975

    The small town of Rissani is at the end of the Ziz valley. The centre of the town is small and easily to explore. In this Moroccan town I walked for the first time on my own exploring the souqs and the markets. At one hand is was a very easygoing place, at the other hand there was a bustling activity of trading people.In October 1975 we were the...

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  • Back to Rissani after 33 years

    After my first visit in 1975 I came back in Rissani in 2008. After 33 years the town looks a lot bigger, especially the outskirts. The roads into town and in the towncentre were a lot busier with all types of traffic. Busy shopping and market streets, crowded parking places for cars, minibusses. The towncentre itself is rather small. I could easily...

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  • visit the Donkey parc

    I always love seeing the donkeys that are parked here by the riders coming to market from around the area - especially being a sizeable number of donkeys being kept here for safe keeping its quite a sight with character - donkeys playing up, getting irritable!?(biting and kicking, jumping around) but looking cute! - along with the donkey...

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  • Tinerhas

    The Ksar of Tinerhas - ksar meaning fortified stronghold - is still inhabited and is built graduating its way up a large rock which from the top has nice views over the area.From here there are good views in all directions - over the plains in which palms grow and movies were made to the palmeraie south of Rissani to Erfoud and to the orange dunes...

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Rissani Hotels

Rissani Restaurants

  • Lively place close to the souq and...

    At the Avenue Moulay Ali Cherif in the towncentre close to the souq and market are several sidewalk cafés from where you have a nice view at the local bustling streetlife. Especially during marketdays, when lots of people from the surrounding area visit Rissani, the whole streetscene with donkey carts, pedestrians, bicycles, cars, minibusses is...

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  • Light lunch of tuna salad

    At the third day of our stay in Kasbah Ennasra we were in the hotel around lunchtime. So we decided to take a light lunch before to head for the Circuit Touristique. We liked it very much to sit in the nicily decorated innercourt of this new kasbah hotel. During the day it was nice to sit outside in the sun. In the evening it was too cold, so we...

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  • Breakfast at the poolside

    In 2008 we visited Rissani in January. Though it was wintertime we preferred to have our breakfast outside in the innercourt at the poolside. With a fleece it was just warm enough in the early sunrays. We had a nice breakfast with juice, coffee, tea, bread, pancakes and egss. And as usual in most hotels in Morocco lots of olives.

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Rissani Transportation

  • Deserttrip by camel, the slow way

    After our desert trip the fast way by 4WD, we arrived in Hassi Labied to make our desert trip the slow way by camel. I always like to ride on a camel. So I did for a few days in the White desert in Egypt and participate in a camelrace in Maralal in Kenya. This time we decided to spend only one night in the dunes of Erg Chebbi. So we had a short...

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  • Desert trip by 4WD, the fast way

    When we visited Rissani in 2008, we decided to make the 4WD deserttrip which our hotel Ennasra offered. From Erfoud we headed to the black desert. We visited a nomad family and a small village close to the Algerina border. After the tarred road we went off-road. Sometimes we followed some tracks and pistes, sometimes we just drove in the middle of...

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  • From Ouarzazate and Nkob by car

    In 2008 we came to Rissani by car. With Air Maroc we arrived in Ouarzazate at midnight. The next day we got our nice little hired car (Kia Picanto). We took a lovely scenic and quiet route from the Draa Valley, spending the night in Nkob half way, to Rissani.The tarred roads were ok and well signposted. The landscape was great. We could stop where...

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Rissani Shopping

  • natural scent paste

    at the Rissani souk - flea market Naturally scented block barsThey look like soap bars, and in Rissani, there are plenty of natural fragrances to choose from, for men and women, at the least expensive pricesMy favourite scents are amber and musk, but there are more....The Moroccans use them as deodorant & perfume on the body, as it does not...

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  • Local craft and interesting exhibition

    On our way from Erg Chebbi back to Rissani we made a stop at Maison Touareg, just before we entered the town. It looked like we were the only visitors. We got a lot of information about all the local items which were exhibited in the courtyard, like pottery, furniture and ceremonial items. There is the usual local craft for sale, like carpets,...

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  • Going to the souq and market

    In the souq and at the market of Rissani you can buy almost everything from food to clothes. I always stroll and look around in the souqs and at the markets just to get an idea of the local products. At the Rissani market I bought some spices to bring home. This time my choice was some of the mixed spices. The marketstalls with the spices and...

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Rissani Local Customs

  • Nomad life

    From Rissani we made a trip into the black desert between Erfoud and Erg Chebbi. At some places we saw nomad dwellings at the almost empty plains. We visited one of the families and were allowed to look around to get a glimpse of the hard and basic life they live.We could have a look in the 'store house' with lots of plastic containers for fetching...

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  • Moroccan welcome

    It's very nice when you arrive in your hotel the host offers you a welcome tea. In the kasbah hotel Ennasra in Rissani we enjoyed our tea in the innercourt after our long desert trip. The tea is usually served with different kinds of sweets, cookies and nuts. It is a lovely and comfortable start of your stay. I appreciate this kind of hospitality...

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  • Veiled

    This is an example of what I was talking about in the previous tip. Not all women wear veils such as these that completely cover their faces except for an eye slit, but a great many do. And every Moroccan woman that we saw in this part of the country wore at least a shawl that covered all hair and all skin below the chin.To be fair, it does seem...

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Rissani Warnings and Dangers

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    by johnsakura Written Jun 10, 2003

    water in the desert usualy is very good and healthy to dring but from wheel. These guys on the street have their metal, leather made reservoir for water. that could put you in seriuos troubles. buy water from local stores 5 dirhams each (50 cents from euro). or just drink water from wheels. very good one actually.

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Rissani Tourist Traps

  • Avoid Restaurant/Hotel Panorama

    We were on the 8PM CTM bus leaving Rissani when traffic came to a halt on the outskirts of Rissani due to a road block caused by floods. A man named Mohamed Massimo had boarded the bus from Rissani, knowing that we were going to have to turn back. When this happened, he announced to the entire bus that we could not leave Rissani that night and he...

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  • faux guides

    After leaving my Moroccan friends from England in Fez on my first trip to Morocco and headed off independently on my own I arrived in Risanni and ended up letting faux guide Rachid Refaff take me on a tour of the souk and old kasbah and as i wanted to get out to the dunes in time for the sunset i let him talk me into driving my car out to his...

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  • Rissani Hotels

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Rissani Off The Beaten Path

  • Recommend to take a guide

    If you want to have a guide to show you the sights and culture of the Rissani area - which was once the very important ancient sahara trading city of Sijillimassa and on the caravan routes down into the sub Sahara areas of Mauritania and Mali - then I would recommend a guide to take you around - this includes a highly recommended visit to one of...

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  • circuit touristique

    Beautiful circuit de touristique - a tar sealed route though narrow in places but very scenic and where many local people live and work so you not only see ruins of the ancient city of Sijillimassa that was here as an important trading centre for southern Morocco down through into the sub-sahara, but you also see the colours in the fields and of...

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  • Circuit Touristique: Ksar Oulad...

    The Circuit Touristique is very scenic because of the palmgroves and the ksour. The Ksar Oulad Abdelhalim has an impressive gate and nice decorations. The Ksar Oulad Abdelhalim is about 4 km south-est of the towncentre of Rissani and about 2 km from the mausoleum of Moulay Ali-ash-Sharif. To see the gate and decorations, you have first to enter the...

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Rissani Favorites

  • Rissani market, camels

    After I found the donkeys in 1975, I found not far from that donkey place the part of the market where the camels were. There were not many camels, but there were some camels anyway. What would be a market place at the edge of the desert without camels? For me it was the first time I saw camels at a market. So I got really the feeling to be in the...

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  • Rissani market, donkeys

    When I visited Rissani in 1975 I walked from the centre of Rissani a little bit away from the livily area in the direction of the desert. And there I found the donkey market, but also the 'parking lot' of donkeys. There is a huge donkey trade in Rissani. Donkeys seemed to be the most important mean of transportation in the small villages in this...

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  • Rissani market, wool

    When I came to Rissani the first time in 1975, I enjoyed the exploration of the Rissani market. It was for the first time I visited such a market. For every type of goods or animals was a separate place in the market area. So I found a scenic place surrounded by collonades (see picture), a good shelter against sun. Most of the traders brought their...

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visit the souk
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sahara pizza with 57 spices - or is it 55!!??
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desert dreaming!
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