The village is understood for its proximity to Erg Chebbi, and it’s, because of this, part of the itineraries of many vacationers visiting Morocco. It has been described as “a desert theme park”, and the Erg Chebbi as “a wonderland of sand”. Merzouga has the biggest pure underground physique of water in Morocco.
In 2006, Merzouga skilled devastating flash floods, displacing 1,200 and leading to some deaths.
Close to the dunes of Erg Chebbi, there are other recognized villages: Hassilabied 4 km (2.5 mi) away, Tanamoust 3 km (1.9 mi) away, Takoujt 1.5 km (0.93 mi) away, Khamlia 7 km (4.3 mi) away, and Tisserdmine 15 km (9.3 mi) away.