Ait Ben Haddou, where the sands of the Sahara are a city

The territory of Morocco has its charm and peculiarities. Between markets, deserts and spices we are struck by its beauty and color. On this occasion we traveled to Ait Ben Haddou, a place where the sands of the Sahara are transformed into a wonderful city.

Ait Ben Haddou, the fortified city

Like many of Morocco's cities, Ait Ben Haddou is protected by orange walls. Located in the province of Ouarzazate, in the Souss Massa Draa region, it runs along the Ounilla River.

Ait Ben Haddou - John_Walker

Almost all families live in the new town (on the other side of the river), but there are still inhabitants in the "ksar" (fortress). Ait ben Haddou was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987 and has been chosen as the setting for many films, such as Lawrence of Arabia, The Mummy, Gladiator, The Prince of Persia or Alexander the Great.

«Half of the romanticism of the trip is nothing more than a wait for adventure.»

-Herman Hesse-

Visiting Ait Ben Haddou

Ait Ben Haddou - Anton_Ivanov

190 kilometers from Marrakech, This "Kasbah" is one of the most authentic in Morocco. Kasbah are architectural ensembles built in clay and stone surrounded by walls. Therefore, if you want to learn about the country's native life, we recommend you visit Ait Ben Haddou.

Yes, we must bear in mind that in this area the temperatures are very high in summer, between June and September. This is the reason that the view is recommended outside this era. The rest of the year we can walk through its labyrinthine lanes and underground passageways in complete tranquility. In the village you will find many shops and people willing (for a small fee) to take a guided tour of the old part.

A spectacular place

Before you opens one of the best preserved walled Berber villages in the Moroccan territory. In addition, in its surroundings are the valleys of Dra, Dades, Todgha and Sous, an added tractive.

Ait Ben Haddou - Boris Stroujko

The constructions of this city were designed with a strategic position, facing a mountain and surrounded by angular towers of the defensive wall, which has two entrance doors. What It is not known is the founding date of Ait Ben Hadou.

Crowned by a hundred meter high cliff with remains of an old building, the town is surrounded by wonderful landscapes, both natural and man-made. Highlights its crenellated towers, beautifully decorated with blind arches and geometric designs.

You will be surprised by the play of lights that this decoration reflects as the day goes by. And if there is something that makes Ait Ben Haddou different it is that with the passing of the hours its reddish hue changes and the shadows create spectacular images. That is why the recommendation is to spend the day in the city so as not to lose even one of its nuances.

The city

Ait Ben Haddou - Karol Kozlowski

In this Kasbah you will perceive a clear differentiation between public and private spaces. Among the first stand out the mosque, the Koranic school and a public square. As for housing, the most modest are small houses on one floor and with hardly any decoration, nothing to do with the noble, richly ornate houses.

On your walk you can, in addition to admiring the peculiar architecture of Ait Ben Haddou, buy typical crafts such as vessels, belts, tools, woolen clothes and much more.

Y Do not stay alone in its alleyways, climb the tower of the old Kasbah. From the heights the view you will surely enchant you, with the High Atlas in the background and a rocky and arid but magical landscape.

Many tourists take the opportunity to take a day trip from Marrakech to visit Ait Ben Haddou, as well as the Kasbah of Telouet and that of the Glaoui, which includes an ancient palace belonging to the "lord of the Atlas" El Hadj Thami El Mezouari El Glaoui.

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