Ouarzazate also is known as The Desert Gate is characterized by its variety of landscapes, the hospitality of its people, the richness and diversity of its folklore and the architectural authenticity of its habitat.
Ouarzazate lies in the southern part of Morocco. It derives its name from a Berber phrase meaning “without noise or without confusion”. It is often the favourite stop for the tourists on their way to the Sahara Desert.
Ouarzazate is booming on the plane of cinema as its region offers a natural landscape of great beauty for the shootings that makes it a great attraction for the main producers and directors of Film and other Hollywood films. This city has several film studios, where many well-known feature films including some of them Oscar winners have been filmed. (Lawrence of Arabia, Kundun, Gladiator, Asterix and Obelix, tea in the Sahara, Babel …) The city has a total of three film studios and a museum.
The kasbah-town of Aït Benhaddou is nearby. Many excursions through the valley of the Draa River into the Sahara start from the city. These include trips to Zagora, an oasis town surrounded by palm tree plantations and a departure point for camel trains to Timbuktu, a journey that would take about 52 days. These days the border to Algeria is closed, stopping the Timbuktu route.
The city was part of the route of the 2006 and 2007 Dakar Rally.
Many sights can be visited within the city, but also, a wide list of interesting attractions can be found around Ouarzazate.
Ouarzazate is prepared for tourism, with a variety of quality hotels with more than (3,937 beds). Which brings all the conditions to stay and enjoy the city and the surroundings.
What to see:
- Taourirt Kasbah
- Tifoultoute Kasbah
- Fint Oasis
- Film Studio Atlas.
- Around Ouarzazate
- Ksar- Ait Benhaddou
- The palm grove.
- Palmeral Ouarzazate