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If we talk about Morocco, we must automatically talk about its natural richness, its cultural variety, and its long history, and every city in morocco has its own beauty, its own charm, and its own specificities. Ouarzazate is one of those very famous cities in Morocco, mostly thanks to its tranquillity (no wonder its name means "no noise") and its fantastic natural setting. But I also want to mention in this article the excellent tourist conditions in Ouarzazate in terms of historical monuments, natural spaces, and cultural heritage.
The nature surrounding Ouarzazate and its architectural jewels are so famous that many film directors have chosen it as their favourite destination to shoot many internationally celebrated films including, among many others, "Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra", "Lawrence of Arabia", "The Man Who Would Be King", "Cleopatra, "Kundun", "Gladiator" and lately "Alexander", "Kingdom of Heaven" and "Babe". 

Ouarzazate was also the location of the 26th of November 2006 episode of the television series "The Amazing Race 10", all of which is possible thanks to the big studios equipped with all the necessary means for a most success film production, such as the CLA studios or the Atlas Film Studio.

Village De Tinghir, Vallee Du Dades, La Palmeraie De Tinerhir, Ouarzazate Region, Morocco
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The Kasbahs are the most important monuments that can attract the attention of the visitors to Ouarzazate. First, we have Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, which has been listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. This impressive and beautiful Kasbah is located 15 miles from Ouarzazate, a huge castle that stands in the middle of fields and trees, where you enjoy have a wonderful view over the river and the Atlas Mountains.

Also, you can find the Tifoultout Kasbah, located 7 miles from the city centre and where you can enjoy the beauty of the fields and murmur of the waters coming from the river. This 17th century Kasbah used to be the residence of the Pasha Glawi and consists of a series of rising towers that confer it a spectacular appearance. The Kasbah now hosts a fantastic hotel-hostel-restaurant where you can enjoy an utterly exotic and adventurous stay.

Equally, you can visit the Taourirt Kasbah, located in the city centre and also listed by UNESCO as World Heritage Monument. This majestic Kasbah used to be, in the 19th century, the residence of the powerful Pasha of Marrakech and, before that, the ancient palace of the "Lords of the Atlas". It was built with earth and straw, which makes it certainly fragile, but several rooms, richly decorated mostly with carved cedar wood ceilings, can be visited.
Tamnougalt Kasbah, Draa Valley, Ouarzazate, Morocco, North Africa, Africa
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More than that, Ouarzazate has been called "The City of the 1000 Kasbahs", due to the many Kasbahs that are spread everywhere (Skoura, Talmasl, Agdez palaces, etc.). All this architectural maste pieces show the incredible skill and savoir-fair of the local craftsmen.

Near Ouarzazate, you will also enjoy different and varied natural spaces, such as the impressive Dadés and Todgha gorges, which are located in Tinghir (90 miles from Ouarzazate in the road to Errachidia), or the oasis of Fint, located 7.5 miles from Ouarzazate, a magnificent and gorgeous place.

In Ouarzazate, the visitor will get the chance to discover the local cultural heritage, which can be experience in many contexts and sites.

For example, the local folklore (in the "ahwach" and "ahidous" dances), the food (like "baddaz", which is prepared with corn flour and vegetables and meat, or the traditional bread called "tafarnout"), the clothes (such as the "taterft" and the "laktib" dresses for celebrations), and the Amazigh jewellery (like the "tikhlallin" and the "talguamout", which are usually made of silver).

So, visiting Ouarzazate is a perfect occasion to discover another aspect of the endless beauty of Morocco, and this beautiful city is always glad to welcome its visitors with open arms to offer them its clean air and its lovely weather. Ouarzazate treats its visitor to a holiday full of pleasure, full of enjoyment, and full of peace and tranquillity.

For your holidays in Ouarzazate, you can stay in one of the fantastic Marrakech hotels, not far from the City of the 1000 Kasbahs, or in one of the charming and typical Marrakech riads. You can also stay in a lovely villa in Marrakech, closer to Ouarzazate and the rural areas, where landscapes are stunning and where the inhabitants will welcome you with open arms.

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About the Author: Siham Ben Chikh studied in the special centre for the blind Organisation Alaouite Pour La Protection Des Aveugles in Taroudant, Morocco. She obtained her Baccalaureate in English Literature from the Mohammed VI High School in Ouarzazate, her DEUG Honours English Diploma and BA Degree in English Studies from the Ibnou Zouhr University and her Communication Studies Certificate from the American Association Sea English Academy International in ISIAM, Agadir. 


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La Perle du Sud La Perle du Sud, Ouarzazate
Ouarzazate, a city of modern traditions, offers for travelers a comfortable stay, thanks to its hotel of high quality with its well-diversified, ranging from 05 to 03 stars of charm, especially the latest addition to its hotels: La Perle du Sud.   This magnificent achievement is located in the center of the city on the main artery through Marrakech - 200 meters from Palais des Congres and 150 meters from the branch of the royal-Air Maroc. At the center of town, the walls of the medina will lead you to discover the secrets of the past. La Perle du Sud Hotel offers its authenticity from the modern art to the handycraft, discover its furniture, ceilings or the skills of Moroccan artisans which manifest in all its glory in every corner of the hotel.
Le Berbere Palace Le Berbere Palace, Ouarzazate
Intimate breakfast on the terrace of your bungalow or candlelight dinner during the Ouarzazate starry night, Let the Berbere Palace charm you with its appeal of tradition, in one of its luxurious 241 rooms and suites. Jamaâ El Fnaa (Esplanade) - Under the typically Berber tent, nearby the swimming-pool indulge yourself in a calm and serene place.  Cintra (Bar) - In the luxurious setting of the piano bar, discover delicious cocktails and conviviality with view on the chimney. Abandon yourself to the beauty of this wonderful oasis and enjoy a complete change of scene, while forgetting stress and bustling urban life. In a serene and fully relaxed atmosphere, our Fitness Centre, find a real peaceful haven which offers a blend of efficient treatments and refined care.
Oscar Hotel Oscar Hotel, Ouarzazate
The 3 star Oscar Hotel in Ouarzazate is one of the finest hotels that offer to its guests a complete package of relaxation, comfort and luxury, opened all year long. Discover the magic and the colors of Morocco between the Hight Atlas and the desert where the film studios Atlas Corporation is based, featuring the stage set of many famous movies. The guests are guaranteed to have a wonderful experience, with a dedicated service offered by the excellent staff. The restaurant Cleopatra serves International and Moroccan specialties and continental breakfast, and the bar Gladiator will provide you with fresh drinks.

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