Skoura is a beautiful Oasis, 35km east of Ouarzazate in the Dades valley, or ‘Valley of a thousand Kasbahs’ as it is known. Its ‘claim to fame’ is the long line of Kasbahs, both whole and ruined, running along the edges of its two seasonal rivers. Its appearance can be deceptive as it runs mainly to the north of the main road, and is very, very long. However once you get off the road you discover that Skoura is very large and that what appeared to be just a line of trees is actually a huge and flourishing oasis, perfect for long walks with or without a guide.
For those not wanting to keep moving hotels, it is an ideal base for 3 or 4 nights from which to visit the Todra and Dades Gorge as well as exploring the Dades Valley, Draa Valley and Ouarzazate area.
The most impressive among the many attractive kasbahs in Skoura is the Amerhidl, dating back to the 17th century. Its design is so grand it made it as the illustration on the back of the Moroccan 50 dirham note.
The Dar Ait Sidi el-Mati Kasbah is also a wonderful treat. In fact, if you are travelling the area you should also try to visit the Ben Amar and Ait Benhaddou Kasbahs. These masterful creations resemble eastern castles, and are enhanced by the beautiful palm trees that abound in this oasis.