Aït Benhaddou sits amidst a valley near the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, just thirty-two miles from Ouarzazate, the film capital of Morocco. Ouarzazate first came into the international spotlight with the Hollywood film Lawrence of Arabia; Aït Benhaddou made a feature appearance in this film. Orson Welles used it as a location for Sodome and Gomorrah; and for Jesus of Nazareth the whole lower part of the village was rebuilt.
HOW TO GET TO AIT BEN HADDOU
To reach Ait Benhaddou from Marrakech you have to pass the Atlas Mountains. This 4-hour drive will bring you along Tizi n’ Tichka and provides you with some of the most amazing views. The easiest way to visit Ait Ben Haddou is by booking a tour, but there are more options.
The easiest way is by going with a tour operator. A nice thing about going with a tour is that you don’t have to worry about planning at all. We even stopped a few times to take some pictures in the Atlas Mountains. The only downside about going with a tour is that you have to stick to a schedule and in this case that resulted in only 3 hours at Ait Ben Haddou.
Aït Benhaddou village is divided in two parts. The modern part is filled with tourist shops and parking spaces. Upon crossing the Oued (dry riverbed), you will enter into the Ksar, the real highlight.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
Like always the best time to visit a UNESCO World Heritage is as early as possible or later in the afternoon. With Ait Ben Haddou it is the same situation as it is very popular among travelers in Morocco.
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