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This is a traditional Mud Brick city on the edge of the High Atlas Mountains. It is on the [[UNESCO World Heritage List]] and has featured in many films, mostly as a replacement for Jerusalem.
 
This is a traditional Mud Brick city on the edge of the High Atlas Mountains. It is on the [[UNESCO World Heritage List]] and has featured in many films, mostly as a replacement for Jerusalem.
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It has appeared in more than 10 movies, including ''Lawrence of Arabia'' and ''Gladiator''.
  
 
==Get in==
 
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*Buses do not ply direct to Aït Benhaddou but can drop you off at the turn off about 7 km away from where you will have to find a lift.
 
*Buses do not ply direct to Aït Benhaddou but can drop you off at the turn off about 7 km away from where you will have to find a lift.
 
It will be better to arrange a private hire of a taxi for the trip.
 
It will be better to arrange a private hire of a taxi for the trip.
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At daytime, grand taxis are always waiting at the crossing. A seat costs 9 Dirham to which they might add for luggage. The cost for the whole taxi will be 60 Dirham.
  
 
*Car: Aït Benhaddou is 9 km off the main Tizi n Tichka road, which links Ouarzazate to Marrakech. Coming from Ouarzazate, turn to the right after about18 km from the town. It's quite a scenic drive to Aït Benhaddou. On the way into town there is a slight turn to the right, which is a popular spot for great views over the town and the Kasbah.
 
*Car: Aït Benhaddou is 9 km off the main Tizi n Tichka road, which links Ouarzazate to Marrakech. Coming from Ouarzazate, turn to the right after about18 km from the town. It's quite a scenic drive to Aït Benhaddou. On the way into town there is a slight turn to the right, which is a popular spot for great views over the town and the Kasbah.
  
 
*From Marrakesh it will be a full day trip and the best advice is to organize a private tour if you do not have much time.
 
*From Marrakesh it will be a full day trip and the best advice is to organize a private tour if you do not have much time.
[http://www.moroccoexplored.com/ Morocco Explored] offers a well priced private trip which includes stops in the High Atlas Mountains.
 
  
 
==Get around==
 
==Get around==
Once inside the Ksar you can only walk or climb. To get there from the newer part of the town you will have to cross a river via stepping stones. Locals will charge you 10Dr to cross the river on a donkey, and they probably remove the stepping stones to improve their business. The river is only knee-deep and can be easily crossed on foot.
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Once inside the Ksar you can only walk or climb. There are two main entrances into the Ksar. One can be reached by new bridge. To reach the second, it is necessary to cross the river using the stepping stones (in dry season the river is completely dry).
  
 
==See==
 
==See==
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==Do==
 
==Do==
Climb atop the hill for breathtaking views.
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*Climb atop the hill for breathtaking views.
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*Rent a bike and drive up the road to Telouet (ca. 50km). It has been paved a few years ago but traffic is still scarce.
  
 
==Buy==
 
==Buy==
 
There are several shops within the town that sell souvenirs from all over the Sahara, particularly prevalent are Models of the Ksar and wooden artifacts from the Dogon people in Mali.
 
There are several shops within the town that sell souvenirs from all over the Sahara, particularly prevalent are Models of the Ksar and wooden artifacts from the Dogon people in Mali.
There is a very friendly carpet shop in the newer part of town near the post office
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There is a very friendly carpet shop in the newer part of town near the post office.
  
 
==Eat==
 
==Eat==
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==Sleep==
 
==Sleep==
* '''Hotel la Baraka'''
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*<sleep name="Auberge La Goulade" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">The first auberge along the road into Ait Benhaddou, run by a French man and his Moroccan wife. Very friendly, excellent food and good price.</sleep>
* '''Hotel le Kasbah'''
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*<sleep name="Auberge La Goulade" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">The first auberge along the road into Ait Benhaddou, run by a French man and his Moroccan wife. Very friendly, excellent food and good price! </sleep>
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*<sleep name="Hotel Restaurant La Rose Du Sable" alt="" address="Kasbah Ait Benhaddou, Morocco" directions="" phone="+212 (0) 5 24 89 00 22" url="http://www.larosedusable.com/index_en.html" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Clean, comfortable rooms. Great food.</sleep>
 
*<sleep name="Hotel Restaurant La Rose Du Sable" alt="" address="Kasbah Ait Benhaddou, Morocco" directions="" phone="+212 (0) 5 24 89 00 22" url="http://www.larosedusable.com/index_en.html" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Clean, comfortable rooms. Great food.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Riad Ksar Ighnda" alt="" address="Douar As Falou, Ait Benhaddou, Morocco" directions="3km past Ait Ben Haddou" phone="+212 (0) 5 24 88 76 44" url="http://www.ksar.ighnda.net/en/" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">In an authentic yet modern setting Riad Ksar Ighnda opens its doors for you onto the Atlas Mountains,  room in tadelakt with air conditioning</sleep>
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*<sleep name="Riad Ksar Ighnda" alt="" address="Douar As Falou, Ait Benhaddou, Morocco" directions="3km past Ait Ben Haddou" phone="+212 (0) 5 24 88 76 44" url="http://www.ksar.ighnda.net/en/" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">In an authentic yet modern setting, Riad Ksar Ighnda opens its doors for you onto the Atlas Mountains with rooms in tadelakt with air conditioning.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Etoile Filante d'Or" alt="Auberge" address="Rue principale" directions="ait ben haddou" phone="00212524890322" url="www.etoilefilantedor.com" checkin="14:00PM" checkout="12:00 PM" price="a partir de 25 Euros" lat="N.31.02.771" long="W007.08.057">Etoile Filante d´Or, une étape de charme et un dépaysement du corps et de l´esprit.
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*<sleep name="La Fibule d'Or Ait Benhaddou" alt="Hicham Ouazal" address="ait ben haddou" directions="ait ben haddou" phone="+212 667597476" url="http://www.lafibule-dor.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="200 dh per/person per night in half board " lat="" long="" email="haridomar@gmail.com">11 rooms, restaurant, room service , panoramic terrace, free parking, free internet.</sleep>
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*<sleep name="Kasbah Tebi" alt="" address="Ksar Aït Benhaddou" directions="" phone="+212 (0) 6 61 94 11 53" url="www.kasbah-tebi.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="400 DM per person per night (halfboard)" lat="" long="">Authentic renovated Berber Kasbah. Magnificent view. Tranquility. Hospitable.</sleep>
  
"Le plus beau voyage, c´est celui qu´on n´a pas encore fait." (Loick Peyron)
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==Get out==
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Grand Taxi back to the crossing 9D per seat, then 14D to Ouarzazate. You might also be able to catch a bus to Marrakesh (they stop if they have seats available).
  
L´Auberge Etoile Filante d´Or est située à Ait Ben Haddou, à une trentaine de Kilomètres de Ouarzazate, la porte du désert marocain. Elle sera le point de départ idéal pour vos balades à la découverte de la Kasbah, patrimoine mondial de l´Unesco, et des paysages alentours hors du commun pour un dépaysement sans pareil.
 
 
Une ambiance favorable au repos, un lieu incontournable pour les amoureux de la nature.
 
 
Notre Auberge, qui vient d´être complètement rénovée, vous accueillera dans un esprit conciliant tradition et modernité. Vous pourrez organiser vos vacances en famille, vos réceptions, vos séminaires, vos repas d´affaires (équipement Wifi), ainsi que des soirées évènementielles grâce à notre infrastructure composée de 19 chambres tout confort dont un espace privé regroupant 4 chambres pouvant accueillir 12 personnes, une salle détente avec téléviseur, un salon de thé convivial et un restaurant plein de charme.
 
 
Pour les amateurs des nuits étoilées, une terrasse est aménagée pour que vos rêves restent à jamais gravés et avec de la chance une étoile filante vous fera un clin d´oeil avant que vous ne dormiez le sourire aux lèvres.
 
 
Notre équipe est à votre écoute pour vous conseiller et répondre à vos sollicitations pour rendre votre séjour inoubliable.
 
 
Notre objectif : que vous vous sentiez comme chez vous.
 
 
Hind et Aurélien.
 
 
</sleep>
 
 
 
==Get out==
 
 
*[[Ouarzazate]]
 
*[[Ouarzazate]]
 
*[[High Atlas]]
 
*[[High Atlas]]

Revision as of 06:59, 24 June 2012

Ksar of Aït-Benhaddou

Aït-Benhaddou is a city in Morocco.

This is a traditional Mud Brick city on the edge of the High Atlas Mountains. It is on the UNESCO World Heritage List and has featured in many films, mostly as a replacement for Jerusalem.

It has appeared in more than 10 movies, including Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator.

Contents

Get in

Aït Benhaddou is accessible from Ouarzazate and Marrakesh

  • Buses do not ply direct to Aït Benhaddou but can drop you off at the turn off about 7 km away from where you will have to find a lift.

It will be better to arrange a private hire of a taxi for the trip. At daytime, grand taxis are always waiting at the crossing. A seat costs 9 Dirham to which they might add for luggage. The cost for the whole taxi will be 60 Dirham.

  • Car: Aït Benhaddou is 9 km off the main Tizi n Tichka road, which links Ouarzazate to Marrakech. Coming from Ouarzazate, turn to the right after about18 km from the town. It's quite a scenic drive to Aït Benhaddou. On the way into town there is a slight turn to the right, which is a popular spot for great views over the town and the Kasbah.
  • From Marrakesh it will be a full day trip and the best advice is to organize a private tour if you do not have much time.

Get around

Once inside the Ksar you can only walk or climb. There are two main entrances into the Ksar. One can be reached by new bridge. To reach the second, it is necessary to cross the river using the stepping stones (in dry season the river is completely dry).

See

  • The town itself is the main attraction, with mud buildings climbing up the side of the hill.
  • The Granary at the top of the hill is impressive and well worth the effort to get up there.
  • The Mausoleum of Ben-Haddou is at the base of the hill on the opposite side to the town.

Do

  • Climb atop the hill for breathtaking views.
  • Rent a bike and drive up the road to Telouet (ca. 50km). It has been paved a few years ago but traffic is still scarce.

Buy

There are several shops within the town that sell souvenirs from all over the Sahara, particularly prevalent are Models of the Ksar and wooden artifacts from the Dogon people in Mali. There is a very friendly carpet shop in the newer part of town near the post office.

Eat

  • Hotel la Baraka in the newer part of town has a restaurant with a nice courtyard.

Drink

Sleep

  • Auberge La Goulade. The first auberge along the road into Ait Benhaddou, run by a French man and his Moroccan wife. Very friendly, excellent food and good price.
  • Hotel Restaurant La Rose Du Sable, Kasbah Ait Benhaddou, Morocco, +212 (0) 5 24 89 00 22, [1]. Clean, comfortable rooms. Great food.
  • Riad Ksar Ighnda, Douar As Falou, Ait Benhaddou, Morocco (3km past Ait Ben Haddou), +212 (0) 5 24 88 76 44, [2]. In an authentic yet modern setting, Riad Ksar Ighnda opens its doors for you onto the Atlas Mountains with rooms in tadelakt with air conditioning.
  • La Fibule d'Or Ait Benhaddou (Hicham Ouazal), ait ben haddou (ait ben haddou), +212 667597476 (), [3]. 11 rooms, restaurant, room service , panoramic terrace, free parking, free internet. 200 dh per/person per night in half board.
  • Kasbah Tebi, Ksar Aït Benhaddou, +212 (0) 6 61 94 11 53, [4]. Authentic renovated Berber Kasbah. Magnificent view. Tranquility. Hospitable. 400 DM per person per night (halfboard).

Get out

Grand Taxi back to the crossing 9D per seat, then 14D to Ouarzazate. You might also be able to catch a bus to Marrakesh (they stop if they have seats available).

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