Marrakech: Ouarzazate Excursion

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discover Ouarzazate, the city in southern Morocco, located about 200 kilometers southeast of Marrakech.


  • cross the Tizi n'tichka pass
  • visit the casbah of Ait ben hadou
  • discover the local villages
  • visit the cinema studio
  • enjoy the natural landscape through the Atlas mountains


experience the city of Ouarzazate located approximately 200 kilometers southeast of Marrakech. Nicknamed the “gateway to the desert”, it is famous for its rich history, Berber culture, desert landscapes and remarkable historical sites. Here are some highlights of Ouarzazate: 1. The Kasbah of Taourirt: This ancient fortified citadel is one of the most emblematic monuments of Ouarzazate. Dating from the 18th century, the Kasbah of Taourirt was once the residence of the powerful Glaoui clan. Today, it is open to visitors who can explore its narrow streets, rooms decorated with traditional motifs and panoramic views of the city. 2. Film Studios: Ouarzazate is often nicknamed “Hollywood of the Desert” due to its renowned film studios, such as Atlas Studios and CLA Studios. These studios have been the filming location for many famous films and series, including 'Gladiator', 'Game of Thrones' and 'Lawrence of Arabia'. Visitors can take guided studio tours to see film sets and learn about the film industry in Morocco. 3. The Kasbah of Aït Ben Haddou: Although located approximately 30 kilometers from Ouarzazate, the Kasbah of Aït Ben Haddou is a popular excursion from the city. This ancient adobe citadel is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has served as a setting for numerous films. Visitors can explore its narrow streets, traditional mud houses and panoramic views of the surrounding valley. 4. Oases and Desert Landscapes: Around Ouarzazate, there are magnificent green oases nestled in the middle of desert landscapes. Visitors can take excursions to the surrounding valleys, such as the Dades Valley and the Draa Valley, to discover lush palm groves, historic kasbahs and spectacular rock formations. 5. Berber Culture: Ouarzazate offers visitors the opportunity to experience the authentic Berber culture of southern Morocco. Local markets are full of artisanal products, colorful Berber rugs and traditional ceramics. Additionally, the city's restaurants offer delicious Berber cuisine, including the famous tagine and couscous. Overall, Ouarzazate is a fascinating destination for those interested in the history, culture and spectacular landscapes of Morocco.


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