Skoura is an oasis town that sits south of the Atlas Mountains at the gateway to the Sahara beyond. Once an important trading post where camel trains would offload spices and gold to be hauled over to Fes, its illustrious past can be glimpsed in the sand coloured Kasbahs that still stand here today.

The most famous of these is the imposing yet ornate 17th century Kasbah Amridil, and there are others well worth exploring, set romantically as they are between groves of date palms and backdropped by snowy peaks.

There’s still a weekly market held on Mondays which draws people from the surrounding valleys, a beautiful area of almond and rose plantations, mud-brick villages and hidden rivers that are fascinating to discover on scenic hikes and drives.