Ouarzazate, known as a Gateway to the Sahara Desert, is yours to discover! Enjoy panoramic views over the rugged local terrain from the huge Taourirt Kasbah, home to a 19th century palace, which has featured in quite a few movies. Discover the fortified red-earth city of Aït Ben Haddou to the northwest, and the rocky Todra Gorge to the northeast. To the southeast, through the Draa Valley’s dense palm groves, the golden desert awaits. The largest town in the Moroccan Sahara, Ouarzazate boasts of a rich history of being the converging point for African traders in the past who sought to reach the northern cities in Morocco and Europe. Expanded significantly as a garrison town and administrative center during the French period, this unique city offers enriching experiences around every corner! Ouarzazate

A former garrison town of the French Foreign Legion, now a peaceful provincial town, Ouarzazate was founded in 1928. Located at the inter- section of the Draa and Dadès valleys, with the Agadir region to the west, it is on the main route between the mountains and the desert. It is also a good base from which to visit Aït Benhaddou and the Skoura palm grove. Avenue Mohammed V, the main street, crosses the town and leads to the Dadès Valley. 

The town has a great many hotels and restaurants, municipal gardens and the crumbling Taourirt Kasbah. One of the area’s main industries is film-making. Hundreds of films have been shot in this region, from David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia, hrough Scorsese’s Kundun and Oliver Stone’s Alexander, to Ridley Scott’s Gladiator. On the outskirts of town are Atlas Film Studios and CLA Studios, both of which offer tours to visitors. In the desert behind CLA is a large castle set that is featured in Game of Thrones. About 10 km (6 miles) to the south is the Finnt Oasis, with fine pisé ksour.

 A little further on is the El-Mansour Eddahbi Dam, fed by the Dadès and Ouarzazate rivers, which join to form the Draa. The dam provides water for the golf course, the Draa’s palm groves and electricity for the valley. About 7 km (4 miles) northwest of Ouarzazate is the majestic Tiffoultoute Kasbah, offering fine views from its terrace. In the 1960s it was converted