Search the Ancient Desert of the Draa Valley and Finally Unwind

Some spots on earth are not well known to many outsiders, and yet they hold natural wonders that inspire with their sheer aura of mystery. Morocco's Draa Valley is such a place, where you can stay in a hotel with a courtyard door that opens into the Sahara. — By Pamela Grant

Should your heart be telling you to take an exotic trip into unknown parts, think of the Draa Valley. It is a land of oases lying below the Atlas Mountains in deep south Morocco and above the Sahara desert. This is not a place where you find amusement parks and concert halls. Instead, you will find Kasbahs evoking ancient times when feuding nomadic tribes built high walls around their towns to make a fortress for protection.

This is an ancient place where time may not have stood still, but it is slowed enough to make you feel that way, especially as residents travel by you on donkeys to reach houses in the Kasbahs still used today. This is the home of Berber villages, uniq...

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