Our favourite towns, villages, and accommodations in Ouarzazate
Ouarzazate, also known as "The Gateway to the Desert" has a multitude of tourist attractions, from the Central Market, to Al Mouahidine Square or the craft souk (where you can find the best typical products such as pottery, stones, tapestries, and carpets from the region).
On the outskirts stands the Kasbah of Taurirt, one of the main attractions of Ouarzazate and one of the most impressive Kabahs in Morocco. This adobe Kasbah, flanked by crenellated towers, was built in the 18th century on the gold route from Marrakech to Timbuktu. Its interior is truly impressive and contains the rooms of the Glaoui dynasty in an excellent state of preservation. A must-see for history lovers.
There is an area at the foot of the mountain range that looks like a small miracle, with more than 70.000 palm trees, fig trees, almond trees and pomegranate trees. We are talking about La Palmerie de Skoua, an oasis of fertile land thanks to two rivers flowing from the Atlas Mountains, perfect for your first stop before heading into the desert, and we have just the right charming riad hotels in Skoura. Visit the Kasbah of Amridil, it is very well preserved and very interesting.
On the outskirts of Ouarzazat is Ksar-Ben-Haddou, about 30 kilometres in the direction of Marrakesh. It is an imposing fortification, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is well worth exploring it on foot in its entirety and reaching its summit, where you will find a beautiful view of the natural desert landscapes that surround it.
Forty kilometres from Ouarzazat is another of the region's major tourist attractions: the Atlas Mountains and the Dades Valley, famous for its olives and olive oil. This place offers a cool oasis and a spectacular labyrinth of gardens shaded by palm, pomegranate, fig, and almond trees.
Here we find a collection of kasbahs, hence the name "The route of a thousand kasbahs"; the ideal place for trekking or spending wonderful nights in tents in the middle of the oasis.