Ouazazate sits in the heart of Morocco and is often thought of as one of the gateways to the Sahara. Filled with impressive, sand coloured houses, that resemble medieval forts and are connected by dusty streets, the city has a striking appearance and has been, over the course of the past few decades, the setting for a number of well-known films such as The Mummy, Gladiator and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. Ouarzazate has its own movie studios and continues to attract attention for its breathtaking landscape that has played the role of Egypt, Rome and Somalia in its day.Read More
Ouarzazate might not have the glitz and glamour of some of the more popular cities in Morocco but for travellers seeking a destination that is a bit different then look no further. Within the city centre there are a number of shopping plazas and hotel complexes, which have been tastefully built to seamlessly incorporate modernity with antiquity without spoiling the area's cultural identity. The Sunday market is an excellent example of traditional culture and is a wonderful experience for travellers unfamiliar with the beauty of haggling.
While there are many sights and attractions within the boundaries of Ouarzazate, it is what lies further afield that makes visitors choose to make this city their base. The great Sahara stretches out for miles on end, beckoning explorers to wander through its sandy regions either on foot or with the aid of a trusty camel. There are also a number of kasbahs both in and out of the confines of the city, which are worth visiting, such as the Tifoultoute Kasbah. There is also the Taourirt Kasbah Museum, which is both fascinating and educational.
Here are some popular itineraries that include a visit to Ouarzazate
If you are planning a Ouarzazate holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:
La Rose du Sable Ouarzazate
La Rose du Sable is a simple, welcoming and comfortable hotel and restaurant. Most of the bedrooms have air conditioning and all are decorated according to the Berber tradition. At the heart of the hotel is a large outdoor pool, where guests can take a dip after a long day in the sun. There is also a restaurant onsite that serves a mix of Moroccan and Berber cuisine. La Rose du Sable is just in front of Ait Benhaddou and has stunning views of the area.
Les Jardins Ouarzazate
A fairly new hotel in Ouarzazate, the Hotel les Jardins is in the traditional style of a Moroccan kasbah, with spacious rooms. The hotel is set in exquisitely manicured gardens, which provide guests with a much needed breath of fresh air. The experience is complete with a pool and restaurant, where visitors can while away the hours in the warm, starry evenings. The hotel is on the outskirts of Ouzarzate and has numerous restaurants and shops nearby.
Les Tourmalines Ouarzazate
Les Tourmalines is a traditional style hotel with stunning views overlooking Lake El Mansour. The rooms are large and have either twin or double beds with a Moroccan sitting room area and air conditioning. Moroccan and French cuisine are both available at the hotel's restaurant and drinks can be enjoyed in the bar. From the hotel, numerous adventure activities can be booked. Situated 20 km from Ouarzazate, this hotel benefits from an exceptional waterfront location.
Ouarzazate Tailor made suggestions
Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Ouarzazate.