Ouarzazate City Tour in 1/2 Day
Ouarzazate City Tour: It is located 200km south of Marrakech, at the foot of the Atlas and at an altitude of 1200m. It is called the door of the desert, or the door of the Great Moroccan South. Located between the valleys of Drâa and Dades, Ouarzazate is a must for southern Morocco. Ouarzazate deserves more than a simple detour. It alone has great tourist potential. Whether it is about its palm groves, the welcome of its inhabitants, the diversity of its folklore, or the architectural authenticity of its casbahs. Often tourists in a hurry visiting southern Morocco pass through Ouarzazate in the direction of Tafilalt and the famous dunes of Merzouga. They do not know what they missed: beauties that Ouarzazate would not be Ouarzazate without its film studios, its famous Gorges whose traverses is breathtaking, its captivating panoramic palm groves and its magical Kasbahs have we not nicknamed it “The Region of the Thousand and a Kasbah”. Visiting Ouarzazate means discovering the green spots on a bottom of ocher earth, up to the first sand dunes in Zagora, which brings you a foretaste of the splendor of the Sahara … With its International Airport which is located about 10 km from the city center, Ouarzazate has become an undisputed pearl. Excursion to Ouarzazate will allow you to know the places popular with film producers because its natural landscapes are magnificent and the light is incredible. It is also the starting point of the road of oases, palm groves and gardens which follow one another in this valley of a thousand Kasbahs. Thus, its two roads, take you to the desert. The road from the Drâa valley, Zagora and M’Hamid to the large dunes of Chegaga. Moreover, its treasure is hidden behind its famous Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou, classified as a World Heritage Site. It is a type of traditional pre-Saharan habitat. The houses are grouped together inside its defensive walls reinforced by corner towers. It is a striking example of the architecture of southern Morocco. In conclusion, it is of outstanding universal value.
Ouarzazate City Tour marks the start of a journey by dazzling the traveler with two magnificent kasbahs. That of Taourirt, former residence of Glaoui; last lord of the Atlas, Kasbah of astonishing beauty. Towers emerging from a mass of houses close together, push their battlements towards the blue of the sky, compete for first place in the sun. Visit of this former residence: the Taourirt kasbah. We then pass through the village of Ait Ben Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, visiting its beautiful Kasbah where many films were shot (Lawrence of Arabia, The Mummy, Asterix, etc.). visit of its magnificent kasbah, once a stronghold of the powerful El Glaoui family, lords of the High Atlas and Pasha of Marrakech.