Ouarzazate


Ouarzazate is the capital of Morocco’s Deep South and has its own domestic and international airport.

Located 180 km at the south of Marrakesh, Ouarzazate is at the heart of a region with tens of Kasbahs, valleys, gorges, dunes, Palm groves, rose gardens and oases…which became famous worldwide.

Horse riding, caravaning on a camel, quad in the dunes, sand surfing, rafting, climbing in the gorges, or shopping in the Souks, visiting the movie studios…are a few of the possible activities. Not to mention the breath taking landscapes.

Located at the doors of the moroccan desert, Ouarzazate is a wonderful starting point for a bivouac in the desert: a night under the stars! A unique experience.

It is the natural decors and its exceptional daylight all around the year, which have made Ouarzazate the moroccan capital of the film industry.
Temperatures, in summer, can go as high as 40°C and the rest of the year the weather is very mild.

On request, we can also help in arranging your tours and excursions in/ and around Ouarzazate : Drâa Valley, Merzouga Dunes, Dades Gorges, Ifni Lake, Fint Oasis, Aît Ben Haddou village, Film Studios,…or a sunset in the dunes.

Vehicles with or without driver, can be arranged for your travel or facilities nearby (Draa Valley, Merzouga Dunes, Dades Gorge, Lake Ifni, Fint Oasis, Village of Ait Ben Haddou, Studios Atlas and CLA, or sunset on the dunes …).


Not to be missed

The Landmarks to see when in Ouarzazate


Kasbah of Taourirt

located in the historic centre of the old Ouarzazate, the Kasbah of the Glaoui is a museum famous for its architecture, and beautifully renovated rooms and painted ceilings.

Studios ATLAS

in the outskirt of Ouarzazate these studios are praised by most Film Directors. Movies like Cleopatra, Alexander the Great, the Mummy….were produced there.


Fint Oasis 

Perched in the cliffs this oasis has been extensively featured in many movies. From there, one can go on horseback to visit an amethyst quarry (2200m. alt.) A must do.

Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah 

A World Heritage Site, it is there that the film GLADIATOR was shot as well as The Diamond of the Nile. A fantastic view awaits you on the top of the village. The village built in the mountain is a must-see.


Skoura Palm Grove 

Skoura is the beginning of the Dades Valley, with an amazing 180,000 palm trees. The Kasbah of Amridil dates back to the 17th century.

Valley of Draa River

The Draa river is surrounded by a beautiful valley, with palm groves and Ksars like Tamnougalte. The river is more than a 1000km long and finishes in the Atlantic ocean, after crossing Sahara.

Tamnougalt Ksar 

A fortress dating back to the 16th century, which was erected by the Berber tribe, the Mezguita. You can see the fortress reflecting in the water of the Draa river. Superb view.

Foum Chenna prehistoric caves are a must see in the Drâa Valley

Beautiful sceneries like HUNTING, Horsemen, cattle…

TINFOU Dunes

TINFOU Dunes are a wonderful landscape, with changing colours through hours and the endless perspective on the Sahara.

Ziz Valley

The ZIZ Valley is the last step before the desert begins, with palmgroves and Kasbahs.

Valley of  Roses

The Valley of Roses, a huge rose garden which is famous all over the world for its rosewater.

Gorges of TOUDGHA 

Gorges of TOUDGHA with 300m-high Cliffs at the bottom of which starts the Toudgha River.  There are also some underground springs with a delicious fresh water to be tasted straight from the stones.

Dades Gorges

Dadès Gorges are a breathtaking canyon of red rocks and gigantic stones like « the Monkey fingers »

Dades Valley

The Dadès Valley is an Oasis full of greenery which ends up with the Dadès Gorges.

Tinghir palm grove

One of the most beautiful natural sites in Morocco. Pomegranates, olive trees and orange trees scattered among the palm grove.


Activities


Camel ride in Tinfou and Ait Ben Haddou

Hiking Trails in M’goun

Trekking in the Atlas mountains


Randonnées Quad, Karting or 4×4 sightseeing



The main Tours


 1001 Kasbahs

A tour which starts with Aït Benhaddou Ksar, used as natural site  in the movie GLADIATOR and A World Heritage Site. Next stop is the Kasbah of Tamdakhte followed by the Kasbah of Telouet.

Ouarzazate & surroundings

The tour starts with a visit to the Atlas Movie Studios, followed by a visit in the Oasis of Fint to experience the Sounds of Silence. Then back to the centre of Ouarzazate to visit the Kasbah of Taourirt , the palace of the Glaoui. Then, departure to the Skoura Palm Grove and a visit to Amridil’s Kasbah.

 Dades

Through the Valley of Roses and Boutaghrar till the Dadès Gorges while discovering the lifestyle of the Nomads of the region.

 Draa

Departure towards Zagora through the Draa Valley, the longest river which irrigates the largest palm grove in Morocco, through the Kasbah of Tamnougalte to discover the Berber architecture. To follow, the Dunes of Tinfou at the gate of the desert.

Todgha

Departure to the Gorges of Todgha, well known by those who love Climbing. A breathtaking panorama of Canyons and green valleys.