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  • AlbertSalichs
    Manresa, Spain10,426 contributions
    Souqs of Rissani is the main market located in the town, near Merzouga Desert, in Morocco. In fact, it is a very big market divided in some souqs: clothes, sweets, dates (the most important local feuit), spicies (what smell!), meat zone and animals zone (very interesting, especially if you come here with children, because they can see donkeys, cows, bulls, goats, chickens and a lot of different other animals). For me, the most impressive market, we saw in Morocco. Better than Fez, Meknes and Chefchaouen. A hidden gem close to the desert. Too!
    (see also Rissani Market, Moulay Ali Cherif Mausoleum)
    Written 9 February 2020
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  • Chelsea D
    Dallas, TX208 contributions
    Many tourists stop at Rissani and its market on their way into the desert. We had a special connection because our tour company guides were from Rissani, after they left the Amazigh nomad life. We stopped by after lunch on a Sunday in March 2022. We had a currently local guide, Mubarek, take us around the stalls and then to a rug seller before departing.

    We saw the blacksmiths, fish sellers, people making old tires into sandals, and the livestock market. Of course, we saw the famous donkey parking lot. Less full near the end of the market time. We moved a bit quickly to make it to the rug shop, so little time for photos or shopping.

    Finally, our first rug buying experience. This was outside the main market, inside a building. Mubarek handed us off to the shop owner who, after the traditional mint tea, went through the full spiel. He and his associate laid out rug after rug until we said stop. Once I started the negotiations, we each bought at least one. They were wrapped up in brown paper and taped down into cylinders for easier transport. My smaller rug, shown on my wall, was negotiated down from 3500 DH to 1800 DH, half paid in cash.
    Written 20 January 2023
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  • Ed C
    Arlington, VA769 contributions
    Our tour stopped at the Moulay Ali Cherif Mausoleum. This is the final resting place of the founder of the (current) Moroccan Alawite dynasty and several of his sons. While the elaborate gate and court yard is open to all, the mausoleum itself and the attached mosque are off limits to non-Muslims. It is possible to look into the mosque through its doors.

    The building is actually a relatively recent construct. The original was heavily damaged by flooding and restored / rebuilt in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

    While we were there one of the local individuals demonstrated how a Tuareg Berber headdress is wound around the head.
    Written 14 May 2020
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  • Sherlyn S
    2 contributions
    It's a really amazing experience visit that Sahara Gallery Rissani store, the most beautiful neacles they are pure 925 silver the hand made jewelry are so beautiful, I get some fossils and the owner of the store it's a really nice person, he told me the history of the town and he make tea and invite me to try it's really good, thanks for resive people like that, I recommend everyone to pass by he store, when I get there again in Rissani, for sure I'm visiting that store, I see you soon, thanks Abraham.
    Written 28 January 2023
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  • Peter R
    Dartford, UK1,063 contributions
    On our walking tour of Rissani we walked around the ruins of the old Berber city of Sijilmassa. There is not much left of the buildings of this once great city, other than one walled area.
    The site is recognized by Morocco’s Ministry of Culture, but there is no protection and you can wander wherever you wish. As you walk through the site you discover broken pottery, which litters the ground and can just be picked up and carried away. Sad that the Ministry does not protect the site better.
    Written 31 October 2022
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  • Peter R
    Dartford, UK1,063 contributions
    As part of our walking tour of Rissani we were taken to this building. There is lots of restoration work going on at the moment as the buildings are in a very poor state. There was an elderly lady who appeared to live on the site, but our guide was allowed to show us around the many rooms and the courtyard. Sad to see what was originally a very grand building in such a poor state.
    Written 31 October 2022
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  • 1957
    Ottawa, Canada616 contributions
    While on our tour , we stopped to view this ruins of Ksar .This historic and cultural site where you can admire what must have been and see now some of the living quarters of the past.
    Written 30 September 2022
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  • TANGIER MOROCCO TRAVEL
    Tangier, Morocco2 contributions
    This shop is located in Rissani city market number nineIt has many exhibits of traditional and archaeological industries , It really is worth a visit
    Written 3 December 2021
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  • podrozniczka60
    New Jersey14,574 contributions
    This ksar is relatively close to Rissani. Not very easy to get to. Route N13 is your best bet. It seems to be more off the beaten track. Its beautiful ornate gate in defensive walls make the effort of finding the place worthwhile. Not easy to visit inside. You may need to talk to the locals.
    Written 14 February 2019
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  • David A
    3 contributions
    Mezane Fossil Store is a store of artworks with fossils located in Rissani near the Erg chebbi sand dunes, a town on road between Arfoud and Merzouga Desert, in Morocco. We came here and visited the place: it is really very interesting, you can learn how the artworks with fossils are manufactured. Also, you can buy some of pieces with fossils. Very interesting and very beautiful works. Highly recommended place to visit in the deserts of Morocco.
    Written 24 December 2021
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  • Anthony-Susan
    Washington DC, DC854 contributions
    Understanding the fossils, how they formed, how they were found, how they are made into everything from cheese trays to magnificent tables and fountains kept us mesmerized for several hours. After learning all this, we simply had to buy some items. They are now our favorite souvenirs of Morocco.
    Written 14 June 2015
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  • Ben R
    Boulder, CO14 contributions
    We stopped here on a desert tour with Sahara Services for medfouna (aka Berber pizza). There may have been some miscommunication with our driver, as we though that the lunch options for this day included going on to Rissani for medfouna, but it was Friday during Ramadan so the tour's usual place may not have been available. In any case, our driver made a bunch of calls to secure a different place to eat, although I am not sure. In any case, the food was amazing BUT lunch turned into a full court press to get us to buy some carpets. What we thought was a history lesson became a sales pitch. We wound up buying some very beautiful carpets, but we were not expecting to do so. There is also some amazing jewelery and other handmade items for sale. The whole place is like a museum. I would definitely stop here is you get the chance, and eat some medfouna. If you are shopping for carpets or other authentic goods, this place is also a must. They ship worldwide, so no worries about lugging things home if you can't.
    Written 30 May 2019
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