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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.

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.

  • 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.

Morocco Explored offers a well priced private trip which includes stops in the High Atlas Mountains.

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.

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.

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

  • Hotel la Baraka
  • Hotel le Kasbah
  • 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, room in tadelakt with air conditioning
  • Etoile Filante d'Or (Auberge), Rue principale (ait ben haddou), 00212524890322, [3]. checkin: 14:00PM; checkout: 12:00 PM. Etoile Filante d´Or, une étape de charme et un dépaysement du corps et de l´esprit. "Le plus beau voyage, c´est celui qu´on n´a pas encore fait." (Loick Peyron) 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. a partir de 25 Euros. (N.31.02.771,W007.08.057)


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