The Ksar of Aït Benhaddou is a well-known landmark in Morocco, and if you haven’t heard of this ighrem, you would have seen it at some point. Aït Benhaddou’s iconic towers feature in movies like Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiator and Jewel of the Nile.
Morocco is filled with many incredible sights, but Aït Benhaddou is easily one of its star attractions, and not just because it happens to be a famous Hollywood haunt! This fortified village is UNESCO World Heritage Site and an exemplary example of 17-century architecture in Morocco.
During its heyday, the ksar was part of an old caravan route between Marrakech and the Sahara. Back then it was a hub for traders passing through with their goods, but even today it draws visitors from far and wide, only this time the travellers are tourists that want to transport themselves to the past for an afternoon or so. In its way, Aït Benhaddou is still a vital part of Ounilla Valley.
While it may seem frozen in time, on closer inspection you’ll find the passageways of this walled are alive with arts and crafts, traditional culture native to this part of the country and a handful of families still live within its walls. Artisans, traders and locals will welcome you warmly to Aït Benhaddou.
Don’t take our word for it, experience a taste of southern Morocco’s heritage and glorious past by discovering Aït Benhaddou. If you’re a film lover, you might even recognise some of the facades featured in this video. There are so many reasons to visit this fascinating North African country, and the ancient village of Aït Benhaddou is an excellent reason indeed.
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