Day Trip to Ouarzazate and Ait Ben Haddou

Day Trip to Ouarzazate and Ait Ben Haddou

Day Trip to Ouarzazate and Ait Ben Haddou. the star stop of the excursion. This fortified city is the most famous in Morocco.


This day trip to Ouarzazate and Ait Ben Haddou, a full-day guided tour of Ouarzazate and its magnificent Kasbahs, will allow you to experience Ouarzazate in the best possible way. Discover the magnificent Atlas Mountains to enjoy the most beautiful landscapes in Morocco. See Ogle canyons along the massif of the Atlas Mountains. On this day trip, you will also explore Morocco with your professional guide (Moroccan history and film industry),…


Day Trip to Ouarzazate and Ait Ben Haddou

After picking up at your hotel or riad in Marrakech, we will head south until we reach the High Atlas.

After a dozen kilometers, when we begin to climb the mountain range, we will see a couple of Berber villages perched in the mountains in amazing camouflage with nature.

Villagers tend to be self-sufficient and dependent on agriculture and livestock, so do not be surprised by the large number of farms seen along the way. During the trip, we will cross the mountain range, crossing the Tizi-N-Tichka pass, which is 2,260 meters high, enjoying the mountain road and its amazing landscapes. Before arriving at Ouarzazate, we will stop at Ait Ben Haddou, the star stop of the tour. Ait Ben Haddou is a typical example of traditional Berber architecture.

Walking through the ‘streets’ and below them (the kasbah), you can see what life once was like in the fortified city (also called ksar). Although the majority of the population moved from Ksar, there are still families who live and work there.

After leaving Ait Ben Haddou, we will go to Ouarzazate, a city that is 30 km from the fortified city and equally famous in the film industry, where there are two large studios and a large museum of cinematographic art. The name “Ouarzazate” is a Berber combination of two words, meaning silent and peaceful. Once in Ouarzazate, you will have free time to eat, tour the city, visit the Kasbah of Taourirt, a beautiful and well-preserved construction that contains many heroic stories and ancient history, or venture into the cinema museum located just in front of the kasbah to discover Why Ouarzazate is known as the “Hollywood of Africa“. The trip will end here and we will take the road back to Marrakech to arrive at sunset. The driver will drop you off at your hotel or anywhere in the city. We will be back in Marrakech around 7:00 p.m.

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Beautiful Kasbah

The Ksar of Ait Ben Haddou is a world heritage site, as well as the setting for many films. It is better preserved than most of Morocco, in many cases abandoned to their fate and deterioration. To access there are 4 gates: two are paid because they cross private houses (10dh) and two others are free. The free ones are in front of the concrete bridge and the other at the east end of the ksar, after going all the way around. Do not be fooled by the guides who take you through the paid ones. Once inside, it is imperdible to climb to the top of the city and admire the views over the entire valley.

Incredibly beautiful

On our tour of Morocco, on our way to the desert, we stopped at the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, a World Heritage Site, an enclave in the middle of the desert and on a hill, with characteristic buildings of southern Morocco. And with the bonus of knowing that movies like Gladiator were filmed there.

Place that stopped in time

It is worth the trip from Marrakech through the High Atlas to witness the Ksar of Ait Ben Hadou. Impressive views from the village and impressive is to see it from the inside observing its structure and physiognomy. I hope it remains the same for a long time, it deserves it. As a curiosity to say that the river that passes in front of the city is stationary and is the one that the Berbers follow as a route to get there, the river flows into Mauritania. And that the city houses a mosque without minaret and a synagogue, you can also see how people live there.

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