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Ksar of Ait Benhaddou

Ksar of Ait Benhaddou in OuarzazateKsar of Ait Benhaddou is one of the best and most amazing destinations in Morocco. Interestingly is the only Moroccan UNESCO World Heritage site in south Morocco.

A ksar is a fortified village. The Ksar of Ait Benhaddou has several perfectly intact kasbahs and you will sight a incredible adobe mud built village. A kasbah is a fortified house.

You can visit Ait Benhaddou on a short drive from Ouarzazate as this site is located just about 30km away. This is one of the most photogenic places around Ouarzazate and you should not miss at least a 2 hours visit to this amazing location.

Ksar of Ait Benhaddou in Ouarzazate

Due to Ait Benhaddou’s interesting architecture, this place has been chosen to be the main scenario for films such as Lawrence of Arabia (in 1962), The Man Who Would Be King (in 1975), The Message (in 1976), Jesus of Nazareth (in 1977), Time Bandits (1981), The Jewel of the Nile (in 1985), The Living Daylights (in 1987), The Last Temptation of Christ (in 1988), The Sheltering Sky (in 1990), Kundun (in 1997), The Mummy (in 1999), Gladiator (in 2000), Alexander (in 2004) and Kingdom of Heaven (in 2005).

Video Ait Benhaddou, perfect setting for movie pictures

Aït Benhaddou a tiny town 30 km from Ouarzazate is best known for their houses built of clay: the Kasbah. This huge Kasbah in the past has been made larger and larger and figured as the set for many films like Lawrence of Arabia and more recently the Jewel of the Nile and Gladiator. (video by

Very interesting to visit, this ksar has the Ounila River on the way, so, you have to cross the river to go and enter the village. Either you take your shoes out and cross, or you can take a short camel trekking to the other side by paying a small fee.

Ksar of Ait Benhaddou in Ouarzazate

Walk around Ouarzazate

Walking around Ouarzazate is very easy as this is a very peaceful and quiet city. The name in Arabic literally means noiselessly. A walk around Ouarzazate city center and Taourirt Kasbah is quite a pleasant journey. You can also walk … read more

Markets and Souks

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Taourirt and Tassoumaat

Taourirt and Tassoumaat are Ouarzazate’s first and oldest districts. Being Taourirt the only touristic one, where you actually have an amazing fortified ksar all made of mud, plus you have the unique Kasbah Taourirt now converted into a great museum, … read more

Adventure Tours

Photo view of Ouarzazate from the north, Sahara Desert plateau in the mountains Ouarzazate is the perfect place to start and engage on an adventure tour in south Morocco. You can chose your type of trip with different types of … read more