Ouarzazate originally was a small trader town enroute to Europe and northern cities in Morocco and was a garrison town during the French period. The wide Avenue Muhammed V is the main street, from which everything is easily accessible.
Ouarzazate Kasbah is well maintained and the best view of it is from the other side of the river, fringed by palm trees. The Palace of Glaoui was never inhabited by the ruling family Glaoui that had it built. It is a striking building and you can enter some parts of it.
Ouarzarate has one of the largest movie studios in the world, Atlas Studios and it is open to the public. Films shot here include Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra, Lawrence of Arabia, The Man Who Would Be King, Cleopatra, Kundun, Gladiator, Alexander, Kingdom of Heaven and Babel.
Ouarzazate is a good base for visiting Ait Benhaddou, Zagora and Todra Gorge, as well as the many Kasbahs in the area (some just ruins of former grand buildings), remote villages and date palm groves.
To get you started with planning your holiday to Ouarzazate, we have showcased below some popular itineraries requested by our clients which we hope will inspire your visit to Morocco
Tailormade Holidays to Ouarzazate
On the Go are expert at planning holidays in Morocco — tailored to suit your individual requirements. Please have a look at some of the tailormade itineraries below that we have created for our clients which include Ouarzazate.
La Rose du Sable is a simple, welcoming and comfortable hotel and restaurant. Most of the bedrooms have air conditioning and all decorated according to the Berber tradition.
A fairly new hotel in Ouarzazate, the Hotel les Jardins is in the traditional style of Kasbah, with spacious rooms. The hotel is set in manicured gardens.
Les Tourmalines is a traditional style hotel with stunning views overlooking Lake El Mansour. The rooms are quite large and have either twin or double beds with a Moroccan sitting room area.
Sultana Royal Golf is a luxurious property, which overlooks the Ouarzazate Lake and the Atlas Mountains. Its gourmet restaurant with its deck offers a panoramic view over a sumptuous swimming pool, the lake and the Atlas Mountains.
For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!
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