Known as the “Gate of the Sahara,” Erfoud has long been a welcome respite for Arab and Berber traders of old.
Reachable mainly by camel, Erfoud offers a peaceable view of the desert and a beautiful trek through the red Saharan sand dunes amidst its lovely stretches of palm groves.

With its dusty red buildings and quiet lanes, sleepy Erfoud
could be mistaken for a ghost town—unless it’s time for the date festival, when revelers take this peaceable population of just 23,000 by storm. In honor of the sticky fruit, thousands descend on Erfoud each fall for a three-day festival, turning the quiet dune town into a carnival of camel races and free-flowing mint tea.