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Ouarzazate

nicknamed The door of the desert, is a city and capital of Ouarzazate Province in Drâa-Tafilalet region of south-central Morocco. Ouarzazate is at an elevation of 1,160 metres (3,810 ft) in the middle of a bare plateau south of the High Atlas Mountains. To the south of the town is the desert.

The town is chiefly inhabited by Berber-speakers, who constructed many of the prominent kasbahs (locally known as: iɣeṛman) and buildings for which the area is known. Ouarzazate is an important holiday destination in Morocco, as a base for excursions across the Draa Valley and into the desert. The fortified village (ksar) of Ait Benhaddou west of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Aït Benhaddou

is an ighrem, along the former caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech in present-day Morocco. Most citizens attracted by the tourist trade live in more modern dwellings in a village on the other side of the river, although there are four families still living in the ancient village. Inside the walls of the ksar are half a dozen (Kasbahs) or merchants houses and other individual dwellings, and it is a great example of earthen clay architecture, which is also used in Moroccan architecture.

Our 1 day plan:

A 1 day shared tour to Ouarzazete and Kasbah Ait ben haddou. The tour starts from Marrakech before 8:00 am with approximate return time around 19:00pm or 20:00 pm. The tour goes over the Atlas Mountains, so you will be able to enjoy beautiful landscapes with local villages and elevated scenery of the surrounding areas during your journey. After few hours driving we will reach Kasbah Ait ben Haddou, which is an ancient building to explore. When reaching Ouarzazete, we will have a tour around the city, having a look at Kasbahs and the beautiful surrounding area. Ouarzazete is a popular film making location. You will have an opportunity to visit film studios and even enjoy a lunch or aita coffee at the studio cafe hotel. When visiting Ouarzazate, very often there is a chance to see international and even Hollywood film crews shooting a movie. Films such as Lawrence of Arabia (1962), The Living Daylights (1987), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), The Mummy (1999), Gladiator (2000), Kingdom of Heaven (2005), Kundun (1997), Legionnaire (1998), Hanna (2011), and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2011) were shot there. During the· tour, we have a lot of things to see and to do during your day.




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