Rissani

Rissani is a town in eastern Morocco, in the Er-Rachiddia region. It is a cultural destination in Morocco boasting beautiful examples of early Moroccan architectural styles and noteworthy palaces, temples, and monuments, such as the mausoleum of Moulay Ali Cherif, third great-grandfather of the Alaouite Dynasty of Morocco. While some buildings and religious sites do not allow access to non-Muslims, most of the sites are just as spectacular to view from the outside. Rissani is best known today as a leather producer. High quality leather is produced by the locals, made from goatskins that are carefully tanned with the use of Tamarisk bark.

This diverse Moroccan tour destination is also well known for its market, or souk. As a former caravan center, Rissani remains a major commercial center in the region. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays are the busiest market days, where locals and visitors can be seen shopping for jewelry, souvenirs, gifts, spices, art and crafts. Rissani is very interesting to visit because of its cultural diversity of berber, arab and desert communities, all recognizable and differentiated by their clothing style and colors worn.