Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou
Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou
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Experience Ait Benhaddou and Telouet Kasbahs day trip from Marrakech. Criss-cross the Atlas Mountains and take the road to the Sahara Desert on the old caravan routes. See colorful villages with houses erected from mud. See trading outposts, local art, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites featured in Hollywood blockbusters. Ride over the famous Tizi-n-Tichka, see Berber villages, and watch as the landscape changes drastically, becoming semi-arid and desert-like as the chain of the Atlas mountains acts as barrier against the Mediterranean climate of the north. Take a side road to the Telouet Kasbah, which belonged to the Pacha of the Atlas, the Glaoui, and was left to ruin after the departure of the French armies. Marvel at the tiled walls, fluted pillars, painted wooden ceilings, and colored glass windows of the reception rooms. Enjoy lunch at Ait Ben Haddou along the newly asphalted road. Once in the village, get a closer look at the Kasbah's turrets, grilled windows, and soft peach
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  • Chris P
    442 contributions
    Day trip from Marrakesh that you will enjoy
    It’s four hours from Marrakech up the Atlas Mountains to the site. You can get a guide for 200 MAD to explain its history for the little over an hour you will be there. It is worth the money and our guide spoke English very well. You have the option to enter from the pedestrian bridge or cross the river by stepping on rocks. If you want to see the game of thrones scene you will need to cross by the river. Recommend taking your shoes off, it isn’t deep. There are children that can hold your hand but you will need to tip them. Once across you head upward, there are several stones steps which are rather tall. If you cannot climb steps we don’t recommend going. The views are beautiful from the top. It is a long drive there and back 8 hours just in driving but worth it. Get a driver the roads can be narrow and dangerous.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 12 March 2023
  • Nikola Minaříková
    Czech Republic117 contributions
    Must see
    The place is incredible. You go via narrow uneven alleyways and steps, past many small shops and stalls. The route is ever upward and steeper so you should have good shoes. You can walk right up to the top to get a nice view. It will take about 2-3 hours.There is a parking area.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 March 2023
  • Di & Scott
    Saint-Cyprien, France150 contributions
    Magnificent!
    The UNESCO site of Air Benhaddou is truly magnificent. Our guide Marjoub spoke English well & was very knowledgeable. What made it extra special was that he was actually born there & it’s where he spent his youth! At one time 80 families lived at the site. Now there are only four. They are trying to lure people back with sewers and electricity, but it would still be a hard life. If it looks familiar to you, it’s probably because you have seen several of the movies that have been filmed there, including the 1965 Academy Award winner Lawrence of Arabia.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 March 2023
  • Sanski66
    Espoo, Finland369 contributions
    Remarkable place to visit!
    Quite an interesting place to see! The structures made of clay and hay. And demonstrations of some old traditions, for example to paint and then warm (burn) the art to have the colors come alive. And here, as in many other places, the wisdom of our guide DJ made everything much more interesting!
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 19 March 2023
  • WanderingOttersons
    Denver, Colorado1,380 contributions
    Phenomenal place to visit
    If you have a chance to come out here and visit this magical little town, then do so. It’s a bit of a ride (about 3 ½ hours each way) from Marrakech but there are many day trip options available for this. After coming here, there are several movies and shows that I need to watch again so I can see exactly where they take place in orientation with what we saw. They were actually building the gladiator ring for the 2nd Gladiator movie while we were there, with plans to start shooting that in a couple weeks. Besides so many famous movies shot here, the original city itself is very special. The view from the river bed as you cross is the best. While there is a walking bridge from the new city across the river, all the guides will bring you across the river (when possible) to get the best views. There was water in the river in the spring when we were there but they have their own little micro-economy for that. Kids will help you across the river on rocks and sand bags that they have set up....for a few small coins of course. Just go with it and contribute to the kids. Take in the views from here as you are crossing. The town rising up from the river onto the hill is fantastic from here. Once here, you do not need a lot of time to wander the town and we only had about an hour as part of our larger tour, which felt a little rushed. The old village only houses a few families now as almost all have moved across the river to the new part of town but there is still quite a bit here that is of course directed at their largest source of income here – tourism. Becoming a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987 has also helped with funds to preserve the village and keep in for us all to see and enjoy. Definitely a piece of history on the road to the dessert.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 26 April 2023
  • Annie
    Tidworth, United Kingdom1,110 contributions
    Interesting visit
    We traveled as part of a day tour, it was about a 3 hour drive from Marrakech. We visited here and Atlas Studios. It is a long walk to the top mostly uphill but worth the view. There are quite a few shops on the way through to look at if you want, lots of paintings. We really enjoyed our trip, it was a bit rushed it would have been good to have more time.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 May 2023
  • irishtea3
    269 contributions
    Go back in time in this World Heritage Site
    Went the day before the earthquake. I do not know the damage it might have sustained. I heard the granary on the top was damaged. You can cross the bridge from the town however the river was dry and I crossed the dry water bed. I would recommend going all the way to the right side entrance. Good view of the town and nice walk to entrance through some vegetation. I went through the center and was charged 20 dirham. It must have been through someones property. I was told only 2 people live in the kasbah. I believe it is free if you enter different entrance. I got a printed ticket as souvenir. I do not think you need a tour guide. It has shops selling variety of tourist items. There is a tea place as well. I met friendly merchants and enjoyed walking in the old world heritage site that many movies use as back drop. Many locals in the area are proud that they get jobs as extras in the movies and shows.There is no signs explaining anything in the kasbah. I think you can look on line and read about it before you go. It is not a large complex. I only had 1.5 hours there. I could have relaxed and spent more time but my ride had a time constraint.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 1 October 2023
  • NomadicTrix
    Bergville, South Africa105 contributions
    The magic is visiting when it's quiet!
    We stayed overnight in Ait Benhaddou, so were able to visit in the evening and early morning when the Ksar was quiet and most of the tourists had left. I'd really recommend doing this because we were hardly stopped by the tourist touts and had time to really enjoy and take in the site without maneuvering around other large groups. This made the experience feel much more authentic. There is no entrance fee for the Ksar (the only fee is if you want to visit the Restoration Museum 20 DHS), so you can visit at your leisure. We spent about an hour and a half exploring. The granary on top was damaged by the earthquake, so we found it better to take photos from the bottom of the site. We enjoyed doing a circular route so you get photos from the bridge and the riverbed of different angles of the facades. One thing to be aware of if you are going early morning is that there are a number of stray dogs that can be aggressive. One of the locals forewarned us about this. Make sure you have a stick or something with you to ward them off.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 October 2023
  • scrappying
    Ontario, Canada440 contributions
    Nice Visit
    Probably an hour at most visit. Gentle inclination of about 200 steps. Nice views. We were able to go into one of these dwellings to see how these families lived. Most of it is tourist shops now, not that we minded We got some good photos. Learned a little bit
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 3 December 2023
  • Musicians Mum
    589 contributions
    UNESCO site,step back in time.
    Location for many a movie!, due to proximity to studios and easy access. People do still live here and there are the ubiquitous little tourist shops. Lots of steps and alleyways ,which ,as part of a group one does not get time to scour every nook and cranny of. Look for what was the football pitch that became the provincial gladiatorial ring in Gladiator Very popular UNESCO site. 3rd visit as part of a small group tour over Christmas. Noticed damage that sadly occurred due to 2023 earthquake
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 30 January 2024
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Monte Active
Herceg-Novi, Montenegro4 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
A UNESCO-protected site that is losing its glory. The entire village is based on Hollywood movies that were filmed there, and cheap stores dotted all over the village. However, looking from a different perspective you can see ingenious positioning and importance of the village. Can't score 5*, but do not miss it when travelling to Morocco.
Written 31 January 2024
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Musicians Mum
589 contributions
Dec 2023 • Friends
Location for many a movie!, due to proximity to studios and easy access. People do still live here and there are the ubiquitous little tourist shops.
Lots of steps and alleyways ,which ,as part of a group one does not get time to scour every nook and cranny of.
Look for what was the football pitch that became the provincial gladiatorial ring in Gladiator
Very popular UNESCO site.
3rd visit as part of a small group tour over Christmas.
Noticed damage that sadly occurred due to 2023 earthquake
Written 30 January 2024
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NMWordsmith
16 contributions
Nov 2023 • Solo
This site stands as an excellent testament to Morocco's cultural and architectural legacy. The ancient ksar with its earthen structures and intricate details, takes visitors to a bygone era. The panoramic views of the surrounding semi désert landscapes add to its allure.its real charm lies in the authenticity of its mudbrik structures. It is an indispensable stop for those Seraing an authentic and meaningful exprience.
Written 4 December 2023
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scrappying
Ontario, Canada440 contributions
Nov 2023 • Friends
Probably an hour at most visit. Gentle inclination of about 200 steps. Nice views. We were able to go into one of these dwellings to see how these families lived.
Most of it is tourist shops now, not that we minded

We got some good photos. Learned a little bit
Written 3 December 2023
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Jo Anne
Singapore, Singapore113 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
An old historical sites used for medieval art and set for countless movies filmed on location with its backdrop suitable for movie making.
Written 22 November 2023
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NomadicTrix
Bergville, South Africa105 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
We stayed overnight in Ait Benhaddou, so were able to visit in the evening and early morning when the Ksar was quiet and most of the tourists had left. I'd really recommend doing this because we were hardly stopped by the tourist touts and had time to really enjoy and take in the site without maneuvering around other large groups. This made the experience feel much more authentic.
There is no entrance fee for the Ksar (the only fee is if you want to visit the Restoration Museum 20 DHS), so you can visit at your leisure. We spent about an hour and a half exploring.
The granary on top was damaged by the earthquake, so we found it better to take photos from the bottom of the site. We enjoyed doing a circular route so you get photos from the bridge and the riverbed of different angles of the facades.
One thing to be aware of if you are going early morning is that there are a number of stray dogs that can be aggressive. One of the locals forewarned us about this. Make sure you have a stick or something with you to ward them off.
Written 15 October 2023
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Uamhair
Aberdeen, UK49 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Genuinely wished I hadn't crossed the bridge approach and had just viewed the site from there. The majority of the narrow pathways are rammed with sellers peddling the usual tourist tat to the point it completely destroys any atmosphere / authenticity. Can't help but feel that the authorities should limit tourist tat stalls to the adjacent town to avoid it being an opened-air souk restricted to tourist stalls.

We visited the site whilst passing through the area en-route to Marrakesh and thought it was a waste of time. Feel sorry for anybody travelling from there just for this mismanaged site. Shame, as it holds a decent bit of potential (the only reason I didn't vote 1*). We were up to the top and back into town in under an hour, and left just feeling depressed with the whole situation.
Written 5 October 2023
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irishtea3
San Francisco269 contributions
Sept 2023 • Solo
Went the day before the earthquake. I do not know the damage it might have sustained. I heard the granary on the top was damaged. You can cross the bridge from the town however the river was dry and I crossed the dry water bed. I would recommend going all the way to the right side entrance. Good view of the town and nice walk to entrance through some vegetation. I went through the center and was charged 20 dirham. It must have been through someones property. I was told only 2 people live in the kasbah. I believe it is free if you enter different entrance. I got a printed ticket as souvenir.
I do not think you need a tour guide. It has shops selling variety of tourist items. There is a tea place as well. I met friendly merchants and enjoyed walking in the old world heritage site that many movies use as back drop. Many locals in the area are proud that they get jobs as extras in the movies and shows.There is no signs explaining anything in the kasbah. I think you can look on line and read about it before you go. It is not a large complex.
I only had 1.5 hours there. I could have relaxed and spent more time but my ride had a time constraint.
Written 2 October 2023
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Blondin-Webber
Montreal, Canada77 contributions
A bit of a tourist trap, though we were lucky to visit in the morning during low season so had the place to ourselves. Don’t get me wrong, it’s impressive, but mostly just a few shops and a couple good photo op.
Written 16 July 2023
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Silk_Zither
Wellington, New Zealand84 contributions
Jun 2023 • Solo
I would seriously avoid coming here unless you happen to pass by. The place isn't managed, and its stressful having to deal with all the locals that live here. The 1 and 2 star reviews do give an accurate account of this place. This may be a unesco site and a well known filming location, but there really isnt anything special about this place.

If you do happen to come here, the place is free to enter as you like, and no you dont need a guide. One hour is enough for most, its a small place. I stayed a night here following some advice and realised it was completely unnecessary.

All the tour companies that bring you to this place will scam you one way or another. So if you do come with a tour, be prepared to pay more than what you initially paid.

There is CTM which operate between Marrakech and Ouazazate, but buying the ticket is a hassle, and so is haggling with a taxi driver from ouazazate to ait benhaddou.

Its a shame, the local authorities should really properly develop this place, have a proper ticketing office and shuttlebus from either Merrakech or Ourzazate, like the Anima garden.

Also, I went through the Atlas mountains, through telouet kasbah, some people gave it 5-star reviews, but I saw nothing but rocks and dried up mountain soil. Perhaps they have a different taste to mountains and views.
Written 29 June 2023
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