Aït Benhaddou

Aït Benhaddou is one of Morocco’s most spectacular and iconic sites. It is a traditional fortified village (or Ksar), located on the historic caravan route from the Sahara to Marrakech.  

Aït Benhaddou is the finest example of traditional earthen clay architecture in Morocco. The village dates from the 11th century, but most of what you see dates from the 17th century. It is located 32kms from Ouarzazate in southern Morocco, perfect for a stop-off on the road which crosses the Atlas Mountains. 

It is a perfect example of an Almoravid caravanserai, where merchants stopped on their journey from Timbuktu to Marrakech. You will instantly recognise it. Films such as Lawrence of Arabia, Jesus of Nazareth, Gladiator and Jewel of the Nile were filmed here. Admittedly, the buildings had a small Hollywood makeover. However, they are stunning nonetheless. If you want to see a truly authentic kasbah, you can visit the Tamdaght kasbah which is located 6kms north of Aït Benhaddou.

Explore the winding lanes of Aït Benhaddou which lead to the ruined Agadir (grain store) where there are stunning views over the surrounding palmeraie.