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ouarzazate day trip from Marrakech

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Ouarzazate,( lit. “noiselessly”), nicknamed The door of the desert, is a city and capital of Souss-Massa-Draâ region. in Ouarzazate day trip from Marrakesh we will discover morocco’s Hollywood located at an elevation of 1,160 metres (3,810 ft) in the middle of a bare plateau south of the High Atlas Mountains. To the south of the town is the desert. For a long time, Ouarzazate was a small crossing point for African traders on their way to northern Morocco and Europe. During the French period, Ouarzazate expanded considerably as a garrison town, administrative centre and customs post. It is home to the kasbah of Taourirt, which was the casbah of the former caïd and later owned by T’hami El Glaoui. The Krupps field gun which secured Glaoui power is displayed outside the kasbah today. The area is also known for its Ouazguita carpets with geometric designs of red-orange on black background. The town is chiefly inhabited by Berbers, who constructed many of the prominent kasbahs and buildings for which the area is known. Ouarzazate is an important holiday destination in Morocco, as a base for excursions across the Draa Valley and into the desert. The fortified village (ksar) of Ait Benhaddou west of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Ouarzazate area is also a noted film-making location, with Morocco’s biggest studios inviting many international film companies to shoot their films. Films such as Lawrence of Arabia (1962), The Living Daylights (1987), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), The Mummy (1999), Gladiator (2000), Kingdom of Heaven (2005), Kundun (1997) and Legionnaire (1998) were shot here.

Ouarzazate : the door of the desert

Program
ouarzazate day trip start at 7H15 am from the Riad, Hotel or your acommodation, Return at 07h30 pm :via Tizi-n-Tichka pass (2,260 meters high) across the chain of mountains of the High Atlas offering various scenery and small villages built in tiers. The town is located in a desert plateau at the foot of the snowy summits of the High Atlas. Arriving to Ouarzazate for lunch in a local Ksbah, we will visit after the Taourirt Kasbah and the studio of films. Then we continue to Kasbah Ait Benhaddou.Visit the Kasbah and go Back to Marrakech. .

Included

  • Transportation
  • Driver guide

Not Included

  • Lunch
  • Guide services
  • Costs of visits
  • Extras and tips

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  • Hicham was one of the most friendly and hospitable people we met while in Marrakech (or Marrakesh). His knowledge of the area, his ability to relate to our questions and the way he took additional care to ensure we were comfortable and that all our needs were met was outstanding. He brought us from Marrakech to Casablanca and took us to the beach, the Mosque, Rick’s Cafe (where he successfully asked if we could have lunch even thought we weren’t in the proper dress code) and brought us to the airport the next day. He was friendly and made us feel very comfortable.

    we enjoyed our Private Day Tours in Morocco thank you hicham

    I highly recommend him for anyone needing a guide in the area.
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