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Ait Benhaddou

Discover the captivating beauty and rich history of Ait Benhaddou, a UNESCO World Heritage site that offers a fascinating insight into Morocco's cultural heritage through its earthen clay architecture, picturesque landscapes, and strategic role on the trans-Saharan trade route.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its stunning earthen clay architecture, Ait Benhaddou is a historic fortified village, or ksar, in Morocco’s Ouarzazate province on the southern slopes of the High Atlas. One of the trading posts on the route between ancient Sudan and Marrakech, the site is an authentic, remarkably preserved example of pre-Saharan architecture of southern Morocco. Today, you’ll visit Ait Benhaddou with your private guide and walk through the ancient ksar with its mud-brick buildings, defensive walls and granaries. Learn about its history and importance as a key stopover point on the trans-Saharan trade route. Time permitting, explore the surrounding area with its salt mines and the Tamdaght plateau, which offers panoramic views of the valley and the Atlas Mountains. Ait Benhaddou has also been a famous filming location for many movies and TV shows, including “Gladiator,” “Lawrence of Arabia,” and “Game of Thrones”.

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