2 Days from Marrakech to Ouarzazate and ait benhaddou Overview:
2 day from Marrakech to Ouarzazate. Take a tour of the most famous city in Morocco: Ouarzazate, across the Atlas Mountains. Explore this small mud-built city. Ouarzazate has gained fame thanks to brilliant reeds such as Ait Ben Haddou, which has been the focus of attention of major Hollywood producers, and which owes its charm to its inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List. on your way from Marrakech to Ait Ben Haddou and Ouarzazate.
architecture in Ouarzazate reflects the simple spirit of the locals, as well as the amazing aspirations of the nobility of the desert.
Spend a night in Ouarzazate and enjoy stunning views of all deserts and oases. Take a 400-kilometer round-trip through the Atlas Mountains via the Tizi Nitichka Gorge at 2269 meters above sea level. Marvel at the stunning landscape in the Berber villages.
You will not regret all this if you lose your money. You will enjoy a wonderful two 2 Days Tour From Marrakech to Ouarzazate in Morocco. If you see our description, do not go back on your decision.
2 days from Marrakech to Ouarzazate Infos
+ Duration: 2 Days & 1 night
+ Departure: 08:00 am
+ Starting Location: Marrakech
+ Ending Location: Marrakech
2 Days from Marrakech to Ouarzazate Highlights
+ Cross the High Atlas Mountains and Tizi Ntichka curvy
+ Visit The Unesco world heritage of Ait Ben Haddou site
+ Visit the Taourirt kasbah and the Cinema Museum as Ouarzazate
+ Drive through Fint Oasis and its beautiful valley
+ Drive back to Marrakech
2 days from Marrakech to Ouarzazate Itinerary
Day 1: Marrakech - High Atlas - Telouet Kasbah - Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou - Ouarzazate
Morning departure at 08:00 Am to the High Atlas through the Tizi-n-Tichka Atlas pass (2260 m), with views of the long-range mountains, the traditional Berber villages of the High Atlas passing through the kasbah Telouete (visit the kasbah). We continue to visit the UNESCO world heritage site, Ait Benhaddou, which is the most famous of all the kasbahs in Morocco, in large part due to its appearance in many Hollywood blockbusters. Then, it will continue to Ouarzazate for dinner and accommodation in the hotel.
Day 2: Ouarzazate - Kasbah Taourirt - Marrakech
After breakfast, visiting the Taourirt kasbah and the Cinema Museum as Ouarzazate is a noted film-making place, then head of Fint Oasis: on top of a rocky outcrop, discover the oasis nestled in the bend of the river between the mountains surrounded. Four small towns where time seems to have stopped and where the inhabitants live in peace the resources of this wonderful oasis. Finally, lunch on the way back to Marrakech. Here is the end of our 2 day Marrakech To Ouarzazate and Ait Ben Haddou
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Itinerary 2 days from Marrakech to Ouarzazate & Ait BenHaddou Reviews:
private 2-day trip from Marrakech To Ouarzazate and Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou
I traveled with another friend to Morocco at the beginning, and we did not know what to do but I discovered the agency of Marrakesh Tour company and it was an unforgettable experience, everything is well organized, I recommend traveling through this agency, and we visited many beautiful places such as Ait Ben Haddou El Kasbah, Ouarzazate, Taourirt Kasbah, we visited the best oasis of art and the beautiful valley. This Ouarzazate 2 days from Marrakech was an unforgettable adventure.
2 days from Marrakech to Ouarzazate
It has been a journey that has certainly exceeded all of our expectations. Guided by Hassan, with his fun conversations, he discovered a magical Morocco, from Marrakech to Ouarzazate and Ait Benhaddou Kasbah, and passing through the Atlas mountains, we have been learning a little more about its culture, religion, and customs, …
Between crazy and funny anecdotes lived together with Hassan, we have lived 2 days from Marrakech to Ait Benhaddou
Without a doubt, we will repeat to discover new corners and take our little ones on the great desert adventure so that they can make sandboards with us and Hassan explains to them at night that so magical sky that can only be seen between the dunes.
Hassan !! Now you can prepare to put up with our 5 children.
Perfect 2 Days from Marrakech to Ouarzazate
It was like a story. We went to Morocco to rest from the pressures of the city. We went without knowing what to do, to adventure. Upon arriving in Marrakech, we informed ourselves that we can visit it. We met Hassan the guide from there, he helped us a lot, showing us places that you wouldn’t normally think of. the best of our Tour was 10 days from Marrakech to Casablanca, it was magical to see how the culture and traditions of that places, we spent a great night in the hotel Of Ouarzazate, we discovered the beautiful Sahara desert and some Imperial cities, We loved it. 2 Days Tour from Marrakech to Ait Benhaddou kasbah
Places to see on your 2 days from Marrakech to Ouarzazate
Ait ben Haddou Kasbah
Ksar Ait BenHaddou is 40 minutes by car (the roads are excellent) from Ouarzazate. Ait Benhaddou is divided into two parts: the new city where Moroccans migrated to enjoy running water, electricity, etc., and the kasbah, which still has four families of resistance fighters. The 2 parts are separated by a river that you can cross on foot without problem (from April). Note that the entrance to the kasbah is through large doors (bab) and that there is a free one: along the river on the right (when the kasbah is facing you) then as soon as the reinforcement walls make a turn, go up!
Definition of Kasar: a group of earthen buildings surrounded by walls, ksar is a type of traditional pre-Saharan habitat. He belonged to only one family in power in the region. Unlike the kasbah, which belonged to several families that did not hold power.
Ait Benhaddou was selected by UNESCO in 1987 to become a World Heritage Site and currently benefits from funding for a renovation: architecture, support wall, water supply, electricity, etc. all without disfiguring the landscape (everything happens in the basement).
There is a breathtaking view of the Kasbah Ait Benhaddou: 5 minutes before arriving on the site, a small abandoned house with a mound of earth. Ideal for the panoramic photo.
In reality, this monument is not a Kasbah, but a Ksar. A Ksar refers to a fortified village formed by the reunion of a Kasbah and several dwellings. Housing houses, attics, a stable, and a well, the Ksar is a little bigger than a Kasbah, and its wall encompasses the whole.
Located 30 km north of Ouarzazate, the Ksar Ait Benhaddou is therefore called, most of the time, the Kasbah Ait Benhaddou. Along with the Taourirt Kasbah, Aït Benhaddou’s Kasbah has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Partially restored, this fortress marks the spirit with its great beauty. The site is also very famous and often serves as scenery for the cinema. Films like Lawrence of Arabia and Un thé au Sahara were shot here.
The play of light and perspective offered by the Kasbah has fascinated generations of filmmakers. Arriving on the scene, one can only be struck by the splendor of this fortress that spreads out on a hill overlooking the region. A real museum city. Stop below and continue on foot. Change of scenery guaranteed!
there are several films that have been shot in this ksar, including:
Lawrence of Arabia (1962) – The Man Who Wanted to Be King (1975) – Jesus of Nazareth (televised) (1977) – Bandits, bandits (1981) – The Nile Diamond (1985) – Killing is not playing (1987) – The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) – A tea in the Sahara (1990) – Kundun (1997) – The Mummy (1999) – Gladiator (2000) – Alexandre (2004).
Ouarzazate is located not far from Marrakech, it’s the Hollywood of Morocco, The town originated as a military post during the French occupation (1932–56). it is situated in an arid region that extends from the crests of the High Atlas southward to the borders of the Sahara.
Ouarzazate was the passed point of many African traders who were coming from the south to the north of Morocco.
Ouarzazate Located in the Great Atlas mountain range, the town was originally reduced to a small Amazigh village hanging at a mountain height of 1105 meters. The village of Taurirt, which is the origin of the Ouarzazate geographically, is attested to by its well-known memory, which to date still attracts many visitors due to its beauty and authenticity. In the center of the city and through its streets around Kasbah, the visit to Ouarzazate will have the opportunity to enjoy a great stroll (for traditional craft shops, a number of cooperatives, and museums). But exploring the destination of the rosettes is first done outside its walls. Since the past few years, the city has established itself as an important commercial center in this region, being the meeting point of the Valley of Dades with the Valley of Draa on the one hand, and the junction of roads leading to Marrakech and Agadir on the other.
The city also has many qualifications, such as inscriptions reminiscent of its origins, which return to the origins and shape of the city in other times, which has earned it a global reputation and made many directors and artists choose its forms and the perfect decorations it provides to film historical films. The city’s film studios are proud of the region, where visitors share the joy of getting to know this Hollywood saga by visiting it all year round.
Ouarzazate Atlas Studio
If you’re a movie fan, you should visit Atlas Studios in Ouarzazate. Some of the biggest films were shot inside the studio decorations. A guided tour is offered and the studio contains a variety of traps that always change according to the projects they will be photographed with. The studio is still in use, so sometimes we might see film crews inside the studio.
Visiting Atlas is a great opportunity to take some unusual pictures.
Travel to Moroccan Desert
Zagora Mehamid Desert
It’s 260 km from Ouarzazate. It’s located at the edge of the desert. Most long-distance walks to the sand dunes start here.
It’s good to start early in Ouarzazate so you can enjoy the journey through the Valley of Armour while traveling to the Mehamid Desert.
Merzouga Sahara desert
370 km from Ouarzazate, the large, pink, popular sand dunes are located, the first thing Hatter hints at before reaching the village. Sand dunes are very large and may take you even more than an hour to climb some. If you plan to reach Merzouga in one day, you have to start very early, it’s a long journey.
2 days from Marrakech to Ouarzazate FAQS:
Is Ait benhaddou worth visiting?
Ait Ben Haddou is one of the most important places that you should add to your list when you travel to Morocco, this place was added as a UNESCO world heritage site, we certainly not writing this to tell you to avoid this amazing and exotic destination. Ait Ben is a bunch of traditional buildings where about 50 families live there.
we actually want to encourage you to discover that historic monument and enjoy this world-class destination. the kasbah is absolutely one of the best places to explore in Morocco, all our itineraries from Marrakech includes this magical place.
Is Ouarzazate Morocco safe?
Ouarzazate is full of safe, but don’t walk in weird places at night, actually, there aren’t many crimes or thieves in the south of Morocco, it’s minimal, you have to be careful everywhere you go in the world not only in Morocco.
What is Ouarzazate known for?
the famous Ouarzazate, there are two reasons who made Ouarzazate very famous, the first one is: it’s famous for its studios, many famous European actors have filmed movies in this place, such as gladiator & The mummy, these studios were two, Atlas studio and Cla Studio.
the second reason: Ouarzazate was the point for many African Traders who come from the south to the northern cities in Morocco & Europe, and for this reason who made Ouarzazate one of the largest cities in the Moroccan Sahara desert.
How to get from Marrakech to Ouarzazate?
There are three options to travel from Marrakech to Ouarzazate.
Option one: By bus, there are many buses leaving from Marrakech to Ouarzazate, you can check CTM, or ONCF to book time and tickets. You can also find other companies at Marrakech bus station.
Option two: You can share a cab or not from the taxi station. The big taxi stop is near the bus stop.
Third option: Direct flight by Royal Moroccan Airlines. Check the company & website access to find out when the flights and reservations are.
Option four: You can rent a car from Marrakech and drive to Ouarzazate.
How far is Ouarzazate from Marrakech?
Ouarzazat is located 200 kilometres south of Marrakesh. The route runs through the Great Atlas, taking 4 to 5 hours to drive.
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