Ait Ben Haddou
Our excursion to the famous kasbah Ait Ben Haddou takes us through the High Atlas mountains via an impressive mountain road. We wind through picturesque valleys and Berber villages. Along the way we see many small stalls with semi-precious stones and fossils. Finally we drive over the Tizi n’Tichka, the highest mountain pass in the Atlas Mountains, 2260m. The peaks of the impesssive mountain range are covered with snow from November to April. As we drive further south, another semi-desert landscape slowly emerges.
Along the river, on the way to Oarzazate, the kasbahs and small mud and straw houses contrast sharply with the emerald green field around.
The garrison town Ourzazate was founded by the French and is situated on the edge of the Sahara desert. And a visit to the town is worthwhile. Here we find the former residence of the Pascha El Glaoui and the kasbah of Ait Taourirt. Kasbah Taourirt is one of the most interesting kasbahs in Morocco.
In addition, several film studios are located in Ouarzazate. Some of the most famous movies were shot here, including ‘The Gladiator’, ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ and more recently ‘Game of Thrones’. Near Ouarzazate is the beautiful kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, an old picturesque fortress village. This village is on the Unesco World Heritage list and is considered one of the most beautiful in Morocco. Ait Ben Haddou is still in fair condition and therefor still houses residents.