What to see in ouarzazate

What to see in ouarzazate

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What to see in ouarzazate

Are you thinking of going to Morocco, and in particular to Ouarzazate? Here’s what you can see and do at this point.

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Kasbah of Taourirt

One of the places not to be missed if you go to Ouarzazate is the Kasbah of Taourirt. For those who don’t know what it is, it is a fortified house of Berber origin, mainly made of adobe.

It has high walls that once served to protect the town from attacks and also from the inclemency of the weather. This site is located in the centre of the city of Ouarzazate and is considered a
UNESCO World Heritage Site.

It is a fortified town that began to be built at the end of the 18th century, but it was not until the 20th century that part of its present structure was erected.

To enter Kasbah Taourirt you will have to pay two euros, a price that will give you access to different rooms and corridors as well as good views of the city.

Ksar of Taourir

The Ksar of Taourirt is a fortified village with several Kasbahs inside. The so-called Tourirt Mosque can be found in the inner part of the mosque.

It is located in the western part of the city of Ouarzazate, next to the Qasba of Taurirt. Its adobe buildings have not been transformed since the first half of the 20th century. It remains largely inhabited. There was a synagogue until 1956.

City of Ait Ben Haddou

Ouarzazate Cinema Museum

For film lovers who want to visit Ouarzazate, one of the places not to be missed is precisely the Ouarzazate Cinema Museum. It is a place that has objects inside that are reminiscent of the films that have been shot in the area. Also, very close by are the so-called Atlas Studios where legendary films such as Lawrance of Arabia, Star Wars, Babel and some episodes of Game of Thrones have been filmed.

Ait Ben Haddou

If you have some time, you can’t miss the opportunity to visit Ait Ben Haddou, located about 30 kilometres from Ouarzazate, if you are heading towards Marrakech. It is nothing less than an incredible fortified city that was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987.

It is a village that is divided by two areas of the river that runs through it and offers an unbeatable setting, suitable for nature lovers.

Due to the tourist trade, most of the citizens living in the area live in modern residences built in a village on the other side of the river, while four families live in the old village. Within the walls of the ksar are many kasbahs, businesses, and other individual residences and are some of the finest examples of Moroccan earthen-clay architecture.

The medina

Another place to visit is the medina of Ouarzazate. It is located just behind the kasbah and is perfect if you are looking for a quiet stroll through the typical streets of the area. It is also a great place to do some shopping, especially if you are looking for cotton blankets and woollen rugs at good prices.

Al Mouahidine Square

Al Mouahidine Square should not be forgotten either. This is an area frequented mainly by locals and where you can find various shops, making it an ideal place for those looking to see the most authentic parts of Ouarzazate.

The Todra Gorge and the Dades Gorge

Finally, other landmarks to visit include the Todra Gorge and the Dades Gorge. These two mountain areas will allow you to enjoy incredible landscapes and even go hiking.

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