Top Choice Historic Site in Telouet

Glaoui Kasbah

The once-glorious stronghold has been left to crumble, and the best indication of Telouet’s former position as the centre of a trans-Saharan trading empire are the 2nd-floor reception rooms. No less than 300 artisan…
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Taourirt Kasbah

Unlike other Glaoui kasbahs, Taourirt escaped ruin by moonlighting as a Hollywood backdrop (Sheltering Sky, Gladiator, Prince of Persia) and attracting the attention of Unesco, which has carefully restored small sec…
Village in Aït Benhaddou

Ksar Aït Benhaddou

With the help of some Hollywood touch-ups, this Unesco-protected red mudbrick ksar 32km from Ouarzazate seems frozen in time, still resembling its days in the 11th century as an Almoravid caravanserai. Movie buffs m…
Notable Building in Ouarzazate

Atlas Film Corporation Studios

The first ‘Ouallywood’ studio, established by Mohammed Belghimi in 1983, displays sets and props from movies filmed here, including Jewel of the Nile, Kingdom of Heaven and Kundun. Guided tours run every 20 to 40 mi…
Museum in Ouarzazate

Musée de Cinema

This small, dusty cinema museum is housed in a former studio and exhibits a collection of old sets, props and cinematic equipment. Located opposite the Taourirt Kasbah, it is a convenient alternative if you can't ge…
Medina in Aït Benhaddou

Tamdaght Kasbah

A less retouched kasbah can be found 6km north along the tarmac from Aït Benhaddou: the Tamdaght kasbah, a crumbling Glaoui fortification topped by storks’ nests.
Mosque in Ouarzazate

Mosquée Somalie

On the main boulevard leading into Ouarzazate, this modern mosque with its towering minaret is a handy landmark when moving around the city.