MERZOUGA All what you need to know !

sand bathing in Merzouga - Toubkal trek

MERZOUGA CITY 

sand bathing in merzouga - toubkal trek

In the southeast of Morocco, the city of Merzouga, nicknamed by tourists as the “Sea of the Sands” and the “Pearl of the Moroccan Desert”, is located 130 kilometers from the city of Rashidiya, which has wide sandy areas that visitors visit to treat rheumatism.

Merzouga’s 22-kilometre-long and five-kilometer-wide dunes offer the opportunity to contemplate the changing colors of the sand according to the change in daylight, especially when sitting on top of those dunes that are the highest in Morocco. , especially thanks to traditional music, hospitality, and other things that the people inherited from their ancestors.

 

Geographical location

The city can be reached by road or air. The road starts from the city of Errachidia, which is a transit point for any traveler to the area. Due to the city’s position and attractiveness, a direct line was operated between Casablanca and Merzouga by public bus during the summer.

As for the air route, it is via the air line that started early last summer between Casablanca and Rashidiya, and when the traveler arrives at Moulay Ali Sharif Airport, he needs to take a taxi to reach Merzouga.
Between Errachidia and Merzouga, the emptiness of the place and its stillness that is broken by the waves of sand captivates you. When you reach the city, which is about 20 kilometers from the Algerian border, its climate and the grains of sand that mix with the air force you to put a veil on your face, so that the sandstorms that surprise you from time to time do not disturb you Erg Chebbi at sunset.

History of MERZOUGA

When examining the history of the city and its inhabitants, we discover that the area was in the past uninhabited and formed a transit point for merchants heading to or coming from Timbuktu in Mali. It was the arrival point of the desert trade caravans (gold-slave trade) that connected the Mediterranean basin with the countries of sub-Saharan Africa.

In the third century AD, “Sijilmasa” was the ancient city, which became mere ruins in the suburb of “Al-Risani”, the commercial and spiritual capital of the region, and was mentioned in the writings of great travelers such as Ibn Battuta and Aion the African.

Sand bathing in MERZOUGA

sand bathing in Merzouga - Toubkal trek

Merzouga’s climate is hot and it is clear from the desert how difficult life is in it, but it shows us a steadfast human experience over the centuries. Sand bathing, if you have a joint disease.

 

Its nature is characterized as a source of tourism in terms of medical, exploratory and sports tourism, throughout the year. Tourists flock to the village seeking recovery from various joint diseases, in the hollow of the dunes, which are embraced by the temperatures and hot sand. They know the extent of the impact of those sands. Its sand has gained over the years a certain therapeutic credibility that made it a destination for thousands of all regions of Morocco, and even from many countries, to enjoy and recover from sand bathing.

As for the details of sand showers, the person wishing to bathe is completely immersed in the sand, except for his head, which is covered with a large and circular hat, colloquially known as “Taraza”, which is similar to Mexican hats to avoid heat stroke.
The landfill process, or what is colloquially called “backfilling”, lasts between 10 and 15 minutes. During this period, one of the supervisors accompanying the person benefiting from the sand bathing process provides small doses of water so that he does not become dehydrated as a result of the sand absorption process. Preparing burial places similar to cemeteries. This process is carried out by the people of the region since the early morning, so that these pits can gain more heat from the sun’s rays and be ready to receive those wishing for treatment.

After spending about 15 minutes in the tent, the treatment attendant heads to one of the traditional hammams in the area to enjoy a warm bath in the hot water.
And about the benefits of sand bath in rheumatic diseases, the quality of the city’s sands, its continental climate and high temperature, helps to benefit from vitamin “D”, which helps to strengthen bones, and the city’s presence in an area higher than the sea 3000 meters helps visitors to benefit from From the scorching sun, which provides them with an important remedy for rheumatic pain.

A series of guesthouses and hotels of varying levels are spread at the feet of the “Marzouga” hills, although in their entirety they provide services at affordable prices, compared to the traditional tourist destinations in the Kingdom.

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