In the flat desert with the Atlas mountains as backdrop lies Skoura, an immense oasis with a deep history. It’s a huge labyrinth of palm groves, fruit trees (almond, walnut, fig, olive, apricot, and more) and vegetable gardens. There several villages within the oasis along with many old kasbahs (fortified mud houses), some falling apart while others have been neatly restored. For centuries Skoura was an important stop on the north-south trading route linking Sahara with the Mediterranean. Today, the oasis makes a fine stop for anyone coming from Marrakech and going east. It’s totally fine to explore the oasis on your own, either on foot, bicycled or car, but it will be easier to find the interesting areas and kasbahs with a guide. Some guides like to point out that the oasis is UNESCO protected, but that is not the case.