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Top 5 reasons why should visit Ouarzazate, Morocco

Ouarzazate is a city south of Morocco’s High Atlas mountains, known as a gateway to the Sahara Desert. Its huge Taourirt Kasbah, home to a 19th-century palace, has views over the rugged local landscape, which features in several movies. Northwest is the fortified red-earth city of Aït Ben Haddou. Northeast is the rocky Todra Gorge. A road winds southeast through the Draa Valley’s lush palm groves to the desert.

1. Discover this new world

Founded in 1928, the wonderful city of Ouarzazate is the ideal destination for dream expeditions to Africa and more specifically to Morocco. Located 200 km south of Marrakech at the foot of the Atlas, this flamboyant city is the capital of the province of the same name. Ouarzazate in Amazigh means noiseless and it reflects the image of a calm city when you get there. Become a cinematographic commune in 1984, it enjoys a great interesting world celebrity. There are many artist workshops set up to take advantage of the climatic, geographic and economic conditions ideal for their profession. Do not miss to participate in this exceptional atmosphere!

2. Its desert is unique

Nicknamed "door of the desert", this magnificent Moroccan urban district largely deserves this award. Its vast limitless space will surely impress you. It’s absolutely fascinating! Two well-appointed entrances will take you straight to the heart of this dazzling desert plateau. For lovers of depopulated landscapes, a hike in this fine and bewitching sand would be welcome. Don't forget to admire the breathtaking dunes of Chigaga. Try to climb these heights of 150 m with your friends and prove that you are the best. How about a camel ride there? It’s an unforgettable experience!

3. Its famous constructions will fascinate you

This excellent capital has certainly not yet revealed all its secrets to you. There are many more! Admire the delightful buildings constructed from clay soil installed everywhere on Moroccan soil. Commonly called kasbahs, these remarkable classical constructions really deserve special attention. One that you should not miss under any pretext is the majestic Taourirt Kasbah. Erected in the 18th century, it was owned by the Glaoui. This is the motto of the city of Ouarzazate. Also visit the kasbah of Tiffoultoute and the ksar of Aït-Benhaddou. You will not believe your eyes ! Don't hesitate to take the legendary route of the 1000 kasbahs!

4. Contemplate its heavenly natural attractions

Ouarzazate is also a slew of natural wonders, each as magnificent as the next. Alongside its splendid lake El Mansour, it is the longest in Morocco. Don't forget to contemplate its flourishing valleys: the Draa Valley and the Dadès Valley. As for the Toudgha Valley, it is the most beautiful oasis. Stop over in the land of roses, Kelaât M’Gouna and breathe in the good smell that emanates from these pretty flowers. Discover the restful palm grove of Skoura. You can taste the delicious dates produced or simply lie down under its beneficial shade. Enjoy it!

5. Ouarzazate is a big film studio

For film enthusiasts, this is the ultimate destination to indulge in their favorite entertainment. The charming town of Ouarzazate is home to a large number of film producers. Its idyllic landscapes and the frequent glare of the sun make it a unique setting for the creation of good films that you have probably already devoured with appetite. Films like Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, the Man Who Wanted to Be King and Prince of Persia were shot in this magical setting.

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