Ouarzazate

Our driver will pick you up at the Riad at 8am. By leaving Marrakech via the Tichka pass at an altitude of 2260m you will enjoy the panoramic views and changes in the landscape: the forest, the snow (in winter), then the desert. You arrive in Kasbah Aït-ben-Haddou at around 11:30 am where you will be free to visit this beautiful example of traditional architecture of southern Morocco and have lunch. Aït-ben-Haddou is a ksar (fortified village). It is on UNESCO’s World Heritage List and has been used as a shooting scene for many films (Gladiator, Laurence of Arabia…). In Ouarzazate, also known as the “desert gate”, you will visit the Atlas Studios – film studios prized by many directors for the beauty of the setting and the quality of light ( films – Alexander, The Return of the Mummy, Cleopatra…), and a film museum, where relics of sets and costumes used for films made in Ouarzazate are exhibited . Ouarzazate is a small, quiet town, built mainly around its main road, Avenue Muhammed V. Its name comes from a Berber expression and means ” without noise ». Only 180 km south of Marrakech, Ouarzazate is the centre of a region rich on Kasbah, valleys, gorges, dunes, palm groves, rose gardens, oases… famous all over the world. Its kasbahs are classified as humanitarian heritage. The symbol of the city is the Kasbah of Tauri, which belonged to the Pasha Thami El Glaoui. On the way back you pass through Kasbah Teloute – a concrete example of the power and success of Pasha Glaoui, one of the richest during the French protectorate. Abandoned, this architectural jewel still resists the onslaught of climate change. From the fortress you will have a breathtaking view of the typical Berber villages and on the mountains. The kasbah is a mixture of Berber and Saharan tradition, Arab-Andalusian luxury and wealth of Europe. Arrival in Marrakech is scheduled around 7:30 pm.

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