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Merzouga, Morocco.jpg
Merzouga is located in Morocco
Location in Morocco
Coordinates: 31°5′57″N 4°0′42″W / 31.09917°N 4.01167°W / 31.09917; -4.01167Coordinates: 31°5′57″N 4°0′42″W / 31.09917°N 4.01167°W / 31.09917; -4.01167
Country Morocco
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (WEST)

Merzouga is a small village in southeastern Morocco, about 35 km (22 mi) southeast of Rissani, about 55 km (34 mi) from Erfoud, and about 50 km (31 mi) from the Algerian border.

The village is known for its proximity to Erg Chebbi, and it is for this reason a part of the itineraries of many tourists visiting Morocco.[1] It has been described as "a desert theme park", and the Erg Chebbi as "a wonderland of sand".[2] Merzouga has the largest natural underground body of water in Morocco.[citation needed]

A typical street in the older part of Merzouga

In 2006, Merzouga experienced devastating flash floods, displacing 1,200 and resulting in some deaths.

Near the dunes of Erg Chebbi there are some other known villages: Hassilabied 4 km (2.5 mi) away, Tanamoust 3 km (1.9 mi) away, Takoujt 1.5 km (0.93 mi) away, Khamlia 7 km (4.3 mi) away and Tisserdmine 15 km (9.3 mi) away.


  1. ^ Rough Guides (2016). The Rough Guide to Morocco. Penguin. p. 655. ISBN 9780241276532. Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  2. ^ Minca, Claudio; Wagner, Lauren (2016). "Chapter 7: Sahara". Moroccan Dreams: Oriental Myth, Colonial Legacy. Bloomsbury. ISBN 9781786730176. Retrieved 14 May 2019.

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Merzouga at Wikimedia Commons