Ouarzazate, 200km south of Marrakech is primarily known as the “Moroccan Hollywood” and offers several different interesting natural and cultural sites that will make you busy for a couple of days up to 1 week, relaxing and profiting from a gorgeous region. Ouarzazate fantastic surrounding landscape of the snowed Atlas Mountains makes the perfect starting point to take a chance to visit the many destinations in the region.
Ouarzazate as we know it today was built by the French Foreign Legion back in 1928 to be a main military outpost to the region and all south Morocco. The city eventually grew and absorbed two old villages, Taourirt – annexed to the Casbah of Taourirt, and Tassoumaat near the the river bank and on Ouarzazate’s entrance coming from Marrakech.
What to see in Ouarzazate
Casbah of Taourirt: This is an hundred years old casbah located in center Ouarzazate. You can visit the museum and enjoy interesting mud architecture and amazing ceilings from a palace belonged to the Glaoui family, the main ruller of the region and Atlas Mountains back in the 19 century and early 20th century;
Ksar of Taourirt: Just attached the Casbah of Taourirt you can enter the beautiful village of Taourirt, and try not to get lost in its tiny streets. There is an old Jewish synagogue nowadays serving as a carpet shop;
Atlas Cinema Studios:
Tassoumate and River bank: Ouarzazate second oldest district still maintains a non-touristic feeling (opposite of Taourirt which is full of guides and shops), where you can meet real Moroccan life, children playing on the streets, women going to their community oven to bake bread. Also you visit the river bank with sheep herds and try to visit the local Zaouia. The hotel Riad Dar Rita is located on this district, please read more about it here: Riad Ouarzazate.
Mansour Eddahbi Lake:
Sunday Big Market:
What to see in Ouarzazate Region
UNESCO Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou:
Gorges du Todra:
Agdz palm groves:
Tazenaght carpet village:
The hills have eyes film scenario: