Erg Chebbi (Sea of Dunes) is one of Morocco’s several ergs – large seas of dunes formed by wind-blown sand. There are several other ergs such as Erg Chigaga near M’hamid.
In places, the dunes of Erg Chebbi rise to 150 meters from the surrounding hamada (rocky desert) and altogether it spans an area of 28 kilometers from north to south and up to 5–7 kilometers from east to west lining the Algerian border.
The colors are quite impressive simply because with the shifting of the sun throughout the day, they are changing colors and with the shading, they start with orange, pink and at the end of the day, they would have a distinguishable purple color.
There is a small legend that the locals are telling and tells the story of how a local wealthy couple turned away a tired traveler who wanted to get some rest, so for God to punish them, He dropped tons and tons of sand over their house. Still, whether the legend is true or it is simply a story is not confirmed, however, it is something interesting to be heard from the alluring kingdom in the northern part of Africa.
As the winds are changing, the erg is changing too, where spectacular dunes are created and they represent a moving art which if not taken a photo of, will be a missed opportunity to show the world how amazing this place is.