Rissani is a town in Errachidia Province in eastern Morocco, located near Erfoud. It is the closest town of significant size to the Erg Chebbi, the largest sand desert in Morocco. Its population in 2004 was 20,469.
Western city gate of Rissani
Location in Morocco
|Coordinates: 31°17′9″N 4°16′30″W|
|Elevation||2,490 ft (760 m)|
|Time zone||UTC+0 (WET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+1 (WEST)|
Rissani is the ancient capital of Tafilalet. Its location as a crossroads between north and south gave the city a certain importance in previous times.
A former major caravan center, Rissani remains a major commercial center in the region, with a large souk, particularly lively on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. It is noted for its leather and goat skin trading.