Information about Erfoud
Over 20 miles the rivers Ziz and Rehris, which take their waters of the High Atlas, cross pairs an immense palm grove that is in the south of Morocco, this region is also known as Tafilalet or the "Mesopotamia of the Maghreb".
Erfoud lies at the foot of the hill that gives it its name, the Jbel Erfoud, and is one of the most important oases in North Africa.
The ancient Sijilmassa, the ancient capital of Tafilalet, came to have more than 100,000 inhabitants and more than 600 fortresses. It was enriched for centuries thanks to the gold brought by the caravans that were heading towards North Africa and to the exploitation of the date palm trees that was in charge of the filali. Today little remains of that economic splendor, and under the archaeological site of its ruins we still wonder if there will be treasures to discover in the area.
The town of Erfoud was built during the French protectorate, at the beginning of the 20th century, at the foot of Jbel Erfoud, where they established a military base. Today, Erfoud is the starting point for numerous excursions and expeditions to the first great dunes of the Sahara. From the military fortress that dominates the place you can see a spectacular view of the Ziz Valley, full of palm trees and crops, and no matter how inexplicable it may seem, there is a lot of life in this remote area of Morocco.