AitBenHaddou

Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou an old picturesque fortress town. This village is on the UNESCO World Heritage List and is considered one of the finest in Morocco, is still in reasonable condition and still houses residents. Ait Ben Haddou is also famous because it has served as background for many desert movies like  ‘Jewel of the Nile’ and ‘Jesus of Nazareth’ and more recent, ‘Game of Thrones’. Our excursion takes us through the Great Atlas by an impressive mountain road. Meandering through scenic valleys and Berber villages and numerous suppliers of gemstones, we reach Tizi n’Tichka, the highest mountain pass in the Atlas Mountains, 2260m. To the south beyond the impressive mountains covered with snow from November to April, creates another semi-desert landscape.

Along the river, on the road to Oarzazate, the Kasbah and the small houses of mud and straw are in contrast with the emerald green fields around. Ouarzazate is located near teh beautiful Ksar of Ait Ben Haddou and founded by the French as a garrison town. It lies at the edge of the Sahara desert and is worth visiting. Here we find the former residence of the Pacha El Glaoui and the kasbah of Taourirt, one of the most interesting kasbah’s of Morocco. Moreover are in Ouarzazate various famous filmstudios located. Some of the most famous movies were shot here including ‘The Gladiator’ and ‘Lawrence of Arabia’.