Explore the Ouarzazate & Aït Benhaddou Kasbahs

Taourirt Kasbah, Ouarzazate
Two of the most popular historic towns in Morocco's southern desert are Ouarzazate and Aït Benhaddou, both known for their stunning kasbahs (old buildings once used for defense) and cinematic significance. Set close to one another, they make for the perfect duo, especially when passing through the Dades Valley and/or Valley of the Roses on the popular route between Marrakech and Merzouga

The picturesque town of Ouarzazate gained popularity thanks to the film industry. You have the option to tour a movie studio (Atlas Corporation Studies or CLA Studios) or visit the Musée du Cinema. Learn about the films produced in the surrounding region, such as Black Hawk Down, Prometheus, American Sniper, and Game of Thrones. Ouarzazate also has an important Mellah (Jewish quarter) close to the souks (markets) and kasbahs.

The medieval Aït Benhaddou Kasbah is Morocco's most famous kasbah and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The old ksour dates back to the 11th century when it held an important position along the trans-Saharan trade route between Marrakech, Ouarzazate, and the southern desert. Explore the old town's alleys and passageways, or climb up to the old granary for incredible views. From here, you can see the kasbah, its surrounding areas, and historic camel caravan routes.

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Itineraries with Explore the Ouarzazate & Aït Benhaddou Kasbahs

Southern Morocco: Marrakech, Sahara & the Atlas Mountains - 9 Days

Enjoy culture, history, adventure, and relaxation on this nine-day Morocco tour. Explore Marrakech before venturing into the desert a few days exploring kasbahs, caravan routes, and the Saharan dunes. Cross up and over the High Atlas Mountains, hike between small villages, and spend a night with a local family.

Luxury Escape to the Sahara - 11 Days

Adventure your way through Morocco like royalty on this eleven-day trip that pampers you in luxury as you explore centuries-old medinas and breathtaking natural wonders. Glamp in the Sahara, stay at your own private kasbah on an ancient trading route, and cool off at exquisitely appointed riads that will be your oasis from city life. Connect with locals, learn about traditions, and enjoy the glamour of the Moroccan royal treatment. 

Exploring Morocco's Imperial Cities and Natural Landscapes - 12 Days

Combining culture and outdoor adventure, this 12-day tour features the best of Morocco, starting with the markets and monuments of the imperial cities Casablanca, Fes, and the famous "Blue City", Chefchaouen. Next you'll explore the country's natural side in the Sahara Desert and the Atlas Mountains, sleeping in Bedouin-style tents and high alpine Berber Towns. Experience cultural delights like riding camels at sunset, meandering ancient Roman ruins, visiting old kasbahs, and enjoying traditional Hammam treatments in the bustling city of Marrakech.