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From Marrakech you’ll meet your driver and guide and embark on a winding, uphill journey through the High Atlas Mountains to reach the famous Tizi N’Tichka pass (2260m). Boasting plenty of sweeping, panoramic views we will stop a few times to look over the steep valleys and take photos. We’ll travel onward to Ouarzazate, a newer town, known for its film studio where Hollywood filmmakers have shot films such as Lawrence of Arabia, Astérix and Cleopatra. A number of film sets still remain at the Atlas Corporation studios.
Kasbah Taourirt: 1 km from the centre of town, this Kasbah was constructed by the Pacha El Glaoui. Recently restored, it is known for its painted wood ceilings and offers a superb view over the oasis and lake of the El Mansour Eddahbi barrage.
Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou: 30 km outside of Ouarzazate, a road leads to this Kasbah which is one of the most beautiful in the Atlas region. The UNESCO world heritage site of Ait Benhaddou, used as a backdrop for shooting more than 20 films, was one of the most important fortress strongholds on the old Salt Caravan route where traders brought slaves, gold, ivory and salt from Saharian Africa to Marrakech and beyond. After lunch in the Kasbah you’ll visit the old Pacha Glaoui Kasbahin Ouarzazate. This Kasbah has an amazing history and is intrinsically linked to the formation of Morocco as a country in the 20th century. After this we’ll take you on a visit to the Atlas film studios where films such as the Mummy, Gladiator, Lawrence of Arabia have been shot. Recommended year round.
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