– Ait ben Haddou : is an unraveling example of traditional southern Moroccan architecture, a number of buildings some are like small castles; surrounded by fortified walls gathered together in a hill creating a breathtaking view of traditional pre-Saharan habitat. Some of the buildings date back to the seventeenth century.
At the foot of the hill flows the wadi Maleh, which means “salt river”.
– Ouarzazate, at the gateway to the desert, has long been a crossroads between the north and the south of Morocco.City gateway to the mountains and the desert, the beauty of its desert landscapes regularly attracts filmmakers from all over the world. Ouarzazate, the Mecca of Moroccan tourism, is also the cinema capital of the Maghreb.
Between desert, mountain, oasis of the valleys of the Wadi Dadès, the Wadi Ouarzazate and the Wadi Draa.
Early morning, join your private driver and head in a challenging drive via the Tizin Tichka twisted pass to Ourzazate, before arriving Ourzazate there will be a stop by Ait Benhaddou where to admire a unique style of Moroccan architecture, the Saharan style, represented in lofty buildings built of clay and mud bricks rest on the side of a hill where one can capture some of the most captivating views of the surrounding.
The unique style of the Kasbah projects long-lasting images of Persian towns, Greek and Spartans battles, this has attracted movies and series makers ranging from Gladiator to game of thrones and they all found exactly what they had in their imagination and by arriving here you will know why.
Next, and once arriving at Ouarzazate, the first thing that will surely attract your attention is the world’s biggest solar power complex, through which Morocco is expected to be a global leader of renewable energy sources in the world.
Of about 433,000 square feet the Atlas Film studios is considered the biggest of its kind in the world and hundreds of Mega film productions were shot here. Take a troll through these studios and bring back scenes of the thrilling Mummy and other movies like Troy, gladiator and Kingdom of heaven…
The solar system and film studios are not the only things that Ouarzazate boasts of, the Kasbah of Taourirt in its core is another surprise for you, originally this citadel was owned by the Pacha El Galoui who stands out as the biggest trader in the Sahara, and the power of this family is all reflected in this Kasbah of Taourirt.
The Kasbah is nothing less than a maze of rooms, prowling through their narrow passageway and appreciating its wonderful architecture, embellished with hand work artifacts, and distinguished by great plaster work and intricate design. Close to the exit, take the chance to buy some of the local craft or just check them since the place has less pushy sellers compared to those in Marrakesh.
This was just a glimpse of what you can see in this itinerary and this journey has much more up its sleeve and ensures something for everyone.
Drop off at Marrakech.