Rissani is an optional stop on Unique Desert Tour’s Morocco desert tour. It is the site of the first Souk, or market, in the desert.
The latter is divided into four parts, the first of which is where you may purchase spices. Caravans from the south of Morocco used to carry spices from India to sell in the south, and they regularly stopped at Rissani’s Souk to exchange dates for their spices. That is to say, the majority of what you will discover there is from the African countries of South Morocco.
The second part is where you may buy and sell meat, fish, and other items.
Particularly fascinating is the last part of the Souk, known as the Donkeys, Sheep and Cow Festival.