shared trip from marrakech to ben hadou ouarzazate
A marvel of southern Morocco
The Ksar Ait Ben Haddou, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is undoubtedly one of the main tourist sites in southern Morocco. At 30 km from the city of Ouarzazate, stands the sumptuous Ksar (fortified village) home to a Berber population.
From Marrakech, enjoy the beautiful landscapes and impressive panoramic views from the High Atlas. The 1st stop will be the summit of Tizi n’Tichka located at 2260m altitude.
The 2nd stop will be the kasbah Ait Ben Hadou, a fortified village that offers you a complete panoramic view of the ancient earth construction techniques. It presents an imminent example of pre-Saharan architecture in Morocco. The Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou is the most famous in the Ounila valley. It is recognized by the UNESCO World Heritage and has been used, in particular, for the shooting of several famous films such as Asterix and Obelix: Mission Cleopatra, Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiator … Lunch at the Kasbah.
The 3rd stop will be the city of Ouarzazate. You will explore the city with its innumerable adobe kasbahs, its arid mountains and plains, its green valleys and oases and its countless palm groves. This surprising mix of oases, Kasbahs and flourishing valleys is what makes this region so charming and gives it its tourist appeal. Also enjoy a visit to the cinema museum and one of the most beautiful Kasbahs in the region: The Taourirt Kasbah… end of the trip and return to Marrakech at 7pm.
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Authentic architecture of southern Morocco
The beautiful pre-Saharan architecture in all its splendor, which makes the Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou a unique site to discover during a visit to Morocco.
The Ksar formed of habitats that resemble each other, stands on a small hill. It is surrounded by a mud wall ensuring its defense. Well-ornamented corner towers reinforce the protection. Within the fortified village there are a few settlements in the form of small castles with towers, which give the whole ensemble a magnificent appearance.
The communal parts of the Ksar (mosque, public square, etc.) are meeting places for the inhabitants. At the top of the Kasbah is the communal granary which is used by the inhabitants to store their food.
A must on any tourist trip from marrakech
The geographical location of Ksar Ait Ben Haddou makes it an essential stopover for travellers taking the road from Marrakech to Ouarzazate. After having read so much about it in the tourist guides, it is the opportunity to discover in real life this sublime Kasbah which is a striking example of the extraordinary earthen architecture characteristic of southern Morocco and pre-Saharan villages.
In addition to the many tourists who visit the place, film producers also express their admiration for this marvel of southern Morocco. Many internationally renowned films have been filmed in the Kasbah. The unique light of the place attracts more and more filmmakers and photographers in search of ideal conditions for creation.