Unlike other cities of Morocco, Ouarzazate doesn’t score high on cityscape parameters – it’s dusty and is situated in the middle of a bare plateau south of the High Atlas Mountains. But then it has its own charm in pulling tourists from around the globe. The city nicknamed as “the door to the desert” has the expanse of sand stretch to its south, and been an excursion hotspot to the tourists. Go on a dessert expedition from this location on your trip to Morocco.
Being shoot location for over a dozen Hollywood films, Ouarzazate is known as Morocco’s own film-city. Literally meaning “without noise” in Berber, this town had historically been a small crossing point for African traders on their way to northern Morocco and Europe. Known for its carpets with unique geometric designs, you can’t afford to miss this wonderful destination on your Morocco vacation.
- Ait Benhaddou Kasbah
This fortified village along the former caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech is a UNESCO World Heritage site and draws a lot of attention from global tourists. The dwelling units standing on a hill offers stunning views of the desert and mountains and is a classic example of Moroccan earthen clay architecture. This amazing piece of landscape has often been portrayed by Hollywood directors in their movies. You can’t afford to miss this on your trip to Morocco.
- Kasbah Taourirt
Built by the Glaoui, set between the majestic mountains and the awe inspiring Sahara desert, this piece of history is best known for a cobweb village of sun kissed buildings featuring multi-level towers and turrets rising out of closely packed ksours. Sunset views from the Kasbah is heavenly and can be best enjoyed from the terrace café.
- Tifoultoute Kasbah
Located 8 km west of Ourzazate, this fortress belonged to the family of Thami El Glaoui from 1912 to 1956. The magnificent views from the terrace over the valley of the High Atlas is something to die for. Your Morocco holidays itinerary should definitely include this.
- Tassoumaat Old Medina
Located by river bank, this inhabitant village has many mud brick houses in the vicinity. Some Berber families stay in this locality and the women and children of these families can be spotted here. A stroll along this medina will help you to experience the Berber village life.
- Atlas Film Studios
Just 5 km from the main city, this property is spread across nearby desert and mountains. Entrepreneur Mohamed Belghmi founded this in 1983 and since then it has witnessed lot of successful film and TV series shooting. You can avail guided tours and walk along the giant film sets and their ruins. Click pictures with various sets in the background and get sure shot likes on your Instagram. Undoubtedly, one of the best places to visit in Morocco.
- Oasis of Fint
Just an hour outside Ouarzazate, along the dusty, unpaved road, you will discover Fint oasis in the middle of a barren, desolated land stretch which is home to a few unique villages of Berber origin. You can enjoy the stunning views of sunset and sunrise over this date palm oasis, while you opt for a local home-stay for some rural experience. Donkeys are commonly used in this area for transport.
- Ouarzazate Cinema Museum
Located just opposite to Taourirt Kasbah in Ouarzazate, this museum displays some works of art that have been included in creating few historical films here. Large Pharaonic statues and decorations made of plaster and wood, will amaze you. At 30 dirham entrance fee, you can witness a large collection of photographic equipment, costumes, accessories and cameras. On your trip to Morocco, visit this unique museum to gather some knowledge about the entertainment industry.
- Jbel Sahro Trek
Located between the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara desert, trekking along this remote region will give you unique experience. The spectacular landscape of rugged mountains, gorges and towering rock spires will leave you startled. A quiet hike with the nomadic Berbers up the Mount Kouaouch will get you some spectacular views across the Atlas Mountains. This once in a lifetime trek can be experienced in your Morocco desert trips.