Ait Benhaddou worth a detour?
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Jan 27, 2013 10:21 AM Last Post By: evascholtes
Dec 9, 2012 9:37 AM
Ait Benhaddou worth a detour?Is this place, and Ouarzazte wortth the 2 day detour?
Was thinking of 2 nights in Asni/Imlil or somewhere to see the Mountains, but is should we take the opportunity to see Ait Benhaddour??
Is it a 1 hour 'ooh thats interesting'
or a 4 hour 'wow can't get enough, how fab'!
If we go, we will visit the film studios, are they good? esp with 2 easily amused boys...
Dec 9, 2012 11:01 AM
1...... slow down with your planning, this year has been very snowy in the mountains, during last January it was difficult to impossible to cross the Tiz-n-Test pass area, some mountain villages in the region were cut off for long periods of time. Get a forecast, http://www.meteox.com/forecast.aspx?naam=%5bSearch%5d&c=UK&lat=50.7954063415527&lon=-1.1252533197403&direct=1 ....before leaving Marrakesh. Be flexible with planning and prepare for change and compromise.
Marrakesh to Ouarzazate looks like this, http://www.meteox.com/forecast.aspx?naam=%5bSearch%5d&c=UK&lat=50.7954063415527&lon=-1.1252533197403&direct=1 .....just add snow for a real challenge like this ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=GHcMVCMy2cU&NR=1 ..
...or this... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdrADym5_Kc
From Ansi you have weather permitting the option to cross the Tiz-n-Test pass,... this is one of the greatest drives in the world,.... to the Sous Valley just east of Oulad Berhil. Ouarzazate is east of here, Taroudannt to the west. Travelling west brings you to better weather influenced by the Atlantic Ocean if you need to know, be flexible and have options during winter in Morocco. The more stable, reliable, warmer and better weather is on the Coast south of the High Atlas, Agadir and further south. Have a plan to go there if you need too. Have you got a good map or guide book yet.
Four years ago I was there over the Christmas Holidays and the weather was beautiful, in the Sous Valley and Tamolukt area north of Taroudannt.
Edited by: moroccotraveler
Dec 9, 2012 12:02 PM
2Ait Benhaddou is a ksar (fortified village) but has been extensively added on through being used as a backdrop in many films. Personally I find it fairly artificial and not worth more than an hour.
I much prefer the kasbah (palace) of Telouet built by the Glaoui family who controlled the major pass of the High Atlas. Some pictures of both.
If you only have a short time in Morocco I'd stick with Imlil.
Dec 9, 2012 5:42 PM
3Ait-Benhaddou definitely is worth visiting; stay overnight if possible. After the day trippers leave it is even nicer. But the goods in the shops are often over-priced. And I find Telouet dull, maybe worth only a brief stop. To each his own....
I have not visited the film studios in Ouarzazate, but some people have found them interesting.
Dec 9, 2012 7:46 PM
Dec 10, 2012 9:21 AM
5I was in both places just 2 weeks ago and found both mildly interesting, but for different reasons: Ait BenHaddou has the advantage of a splendid situation on a hillock overlooking some date-palm trees and a trickling river, a gorgeous place from outside, worth taking pictures from different angles. But inside you may find what the absence of admission charges suggests: nothing of interest. Unless, of course you are there on your first day in Morocco and still find the stalls selling tourist stuff "interesting". Avoid the tourist traps on the main road by all means: catering for busloads of Japanese with very poor quality food.
Telouet is in a less fascinating area, but the ksar of very different historical stages (and different stages of disrepair!) is not only very beautiful in handcrafted decoration but also regarding the political powerplay of the last rulers and the government. Take a guide for maybe 50 dirham and admission of 20 dirham, you won't regret the expense.
Another thing: The road from Ait ben Haddou to Telouet as well as the remaining part to reach the N 9 near The Tizi N Tichka Pass is the most picturesque route in all I have seen in Morocco. Make this road the reason for visiting both places!
Dec 10, 2012 11:14 AM
Dec 10, 2012 5:35 PM
Dec 12, 2012 7:20 AM
8Not worth! Too much advertising for quite ordinary deserted village. And touts will spoil even last expectations. Actually Morocco is full with villages like Ait Benhadou. Just stop and walk through! Real life is more interesting then souvenir staffed demo-village.
The most scenic village and backdrop we found between Tissint and Tata - Akka N-Ait Sidi village sitting on top of cliff overlooking maze of canyons. Walk around this place!
Dec 12, 2012 3:22 PM
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