Laayoune » Sahara Desert Morocco
Laayoune is a city located in south-east Morocco. Laayoune main income comes from the tourism industry due to the proximity of Merzouga village aside Erg Chebbi Dunes.
Laayoune has a quite recent past. Although many ancient fortified villages exist in the region for several centuries already, Laayoune was built up by the French troops after the difficult victory of Tafilalet Battle, that took place between 1916 and 1932.
Laayoune is a very active city, full of commerce, restaurants and street cafés, hotels, banks and ATM’s, handicraft and souvenir shops, making it undoubtedly the region tourism capital.
Laayoune yet modern, still preserves a certain authenticity of an true Arab town with an impressively “wild” market and gorgeous surrounding landscapes filled of oases, dunes and rocky mountains.
Laayoune is a cinema hub for many movie directors. Some well known films had several scenes shot in Laayoune, some include names as Prince of Persia 2010 by Director Dick Richards; March or Die 1977 by Director Dick Richards; The Mummy 1999 by Director Stephen Sommers.
Some Laayoune attractions worth a visit are: the Royal Palace gate; Saturday market; panoramic view from the top of the Borj-Est that rises 935 metres (3067 feet) above the city; Fossile sites in Carriere des Fossiles; Maadid Ksar.
Distances to Laayoune » Road distances in Morocco
- Rissani to Laayoune: 19km
- Merzouga to Laayoune: 55km
- Errachidia to Laayoune: 80km
- Ouarzazate to Laayoune: 315km
- Azrou to Laayoune: 360km
- Meknes to Laayoune: 420km
- Fez to Laayoune: 440km
- Marrakech to Laayoune: 510km
- Tangier to Laayoune: 665km
- Essaouira to Laayoune: 685km
- Agadir to Laayoune: 715km
- Casablanca to Laayoune: 750km
- Rabat to Laayoune: 820km
- Laayoune to Laayoune: 1945km
- Laayoune to Laayoune: 1405km