Coordinates: 31°17′09″N 4°16′30″W / 31.285948°N 4.275093°W / 31.285948; -4.275093
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31°17′09″N 4°16′30″W / 31.285948°N 4.275093°W / 31.285948; -4.275093

Western city gate of Rissani
Rissani is located in Morocco
Location in Morocco
Coordinates: 31°17′9″N 4°16′30″W / 31.28583°N 4.27500°W / 31.28583; -4.27500
Country Morocco
2,490 ft (760 m)
 • Total20,469
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (WEST)

Rissani is a town in Errachidia Province in eastern Morocco, located near Erfoud. It is the closest town of significant size to the Erg Chebbi, the largest sand desert in Morocco. Its population in 2004 was 20,469.

The mausoleum of Moulay Ali Cherif, third great-grandfather of Moulay Cherif, founder of the Alaouite Dynasty of Morocco, is located on the southern edge of town.


Rissani is the ancient capital of Tafilalet. Its location as a crossroads between north and south gave the city a certain importance in previous times.

A former major caravan center,[1] Rissani remains a major commercial center in the region, with a large souk, particularly lively on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. It is noted for its leather and goat skin trading.

Things to Do[edit]

Rissani provide great opportunity to do shopping the Moroccan way:

  • Haggle for traditional items like rugs, spices, and jewelry at the famous Saturday souk.
  • Browse fossil vendors near the souk entrance selling marble, stone, and mineral pieces.
  • Wander through the morning livestock souk as donkeys are traded and examine intricately decorated saddles.

The buzzing markets embody Rissani's enduring commer[2]


  1. ^ Lexiorient
  2. ^ Arhhal (2023-08-15). "Discover Rissani: Morocco's Ancient Saharan Trading Post". Arhhal - Private Morocco Tours. Retrieved 2023-08-18.