Ouarzazate is one of the greatest destinations in Morocco offering a massive of things to do that will keep you occupied during your visit. The nickname of this city is ‘the door of the desert’, a famous place for filmmaking and Morocco’s most important studios are still there. Here is a list of a few of the most well-known places to visit, should you decide to go there.
The famous Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou is located beside the river and has been a main stop along the old trade routes before entering the Atlas mountains. Nowadays it’s a UNESCO world heritage site and maintained by a number of souvenir shops.
Morocco’s movie studios
A surprising sight in the outskirts of the town is the Atlas Studio where they filmed parts of Game of Thrones, The Mummy, and Gladiator. A few of the collections remain intact so you’re going to have the ability to find parts of Khaleesi’s fort and also a little Moroccan Hollywood.
Kasbah Taourirt is among the most beautiful kasbah in Ouarzazate. It was built by the Glaoui and now it is a historical monument which can be visited. The Kasbah of Taourirt lies between the terrific mountains and the awe-inspiring Sahara desert. Its carefully designed homes and dignified towers made from clay and sand mix with the surrounding landscape. You have the chance to walk into this magnificent building and go through the real early kasbah. The Kasbah has nearly three hundred rooms and you’ll enjoy their excellent decoration.
Kasbah Tifoultoute is situated eight km west of Ouarzazate, Morocco, in the rural city of Tarmigte. This Kasbah or fortress stands on a rocky outcrop overlooking the valley of this wadi Ouarzazate. It belonged to the family of Thami El Glaoui, Pasha of Marrakech.
Located ten kilometers from Ouarzazate, it is a conservative tourist place. Its still intact character provides travelers with the scenic scenery. The green valley of Fint wedged between its arctic mountains, is strewn with many plantations.
The Oasis has become as well a location for filming many famous films such as Indigènes, Prince of Persia, Kingdom of Heaven and Babel.
The Kasbah Telouet is a Kasbah along the former route of the caravans in the Sahara over the Atlas Mountains. The Kasbah was the chair of the El Glaoui household’s power, thus occasionally also known as Palace of Glaoui and was built in between the eighteenth and nineteenth century. It is found in a small Berber village called Telouet and can be visited.
The Draa river is surrounded by a beautiful valley, with palm groves and Ksars such as Tamnougalte. The river is over 1000km long and finishes in the Atlantic sea, and after crossing Sahara.
The Great South, a huge expanse of desert and mountains, there’s hardly a road within this region that must not be described as spectacular. You may visit the little town of Tamegroute, near Agdz. On the way, you can come across the renowned Zaouia Naciri. A visit to the Sahara desert is certainly an experience everyone should do at least one time in his life. An excursion to the Sahara will enable you to feel an expatriate.
Valley of Roses
Valley of Roses is a huge rose and fruit garden famous throughout the country with the wonderful perfume.
This valley has also different gorges and small falls such as Dades gorge and Todgha gorge with 300 m high cliffs. There are also some underground springs with drinkable fresh water straight directly from the stones.
More of things to do in Ouarzazate
If you are looking for adventurous things to do in Ouarzazate, you can try quad biking in the dunes. Another great activity to do is rafting, climbing in the gorges, or shopping in the Souks.
How do I reach Ouarzazate?
Getting to Ouarzazate is straightforward. There is an airport in Ouarzazate with direct flights from Casablanca. It is probably cheaper to travel by bus by using the CTM service, the cost of a bus ticket from Marrakech to Ouarzazate is about 75 dirhams for one way. It is also possible to book a ticket and see the full schedule details on their website.
The journey from Marrakech by bus takes approx 5 hours and there is only one stop along the way for lunch or dinner. If you want to travel in your own style and enjoy the beauty of the Atlas Mountains, you can rent a car or travel with us. Car rental agencies are available in Marrakech.