Before your feet carry you beyond the gates of the Great South, on your way you will find the city of Ouarzazate, which is one of the main stops on your journey to the Sahara Desert. They stopped there and discovered the ancient treasures of a city that was still developing and growing until it became the heart of cinematic filmmakers and photographers.
The starting point for the Sahara Desert
Ouarzazate was founded in 1928, and is considered the starting point for excursions and tours heading towards the southern Sahara desert. However, this city, which until recently was just a stopover, has become with the passage of time a tourist destination in its own right. The Kasbah Taourirt, which was recently restored, attests to that transformation. The dark red earthy buildings that make up the features of the Kasbah have been classified as a global human heritage by UNESCO, and while you are there, look at a wonderful creation of that alabaster paint and those colored ceilings made of cedar wood with those two rooms that still preserve the splendor of the Casbah.
Silence, the camera is shooting
Since 1984, Ouarzazate has become closely linked to cinema and its industry, and thus the climatic conditions, geographical scenes and the optimal economic conditions prevailing in this region have made a large number of international studios to be considered as their home and location for filming movies. Today, you can visit the decorations for huge famous films such as Lawrence of Arabia, Asterix, Obelix (Cleopatra’s Mission), Tea in the Desert, and also Gladiator (Gladiator).
One cannot leave Ouarzazate while he has not yet visited the Kasbah of Tivoltout and Ksar Ait Benhadou. These two milestones of prevailing traditional engineering are but a precursor to what awaits you on the famous Alif Road. The aforementioned astonishing palace, which in turn has been classified among the eternal global human heritage by UNESCO, has a breathtaking panoramic view of the Palm Oasis, the desert rocky highlands and the Atlas Mountains.
Ouarrazat, then, is a tourist destination in its own right. It continues to flourish to welcome you in its arms, ensuring a stay for you, during which you can enjoy the atmosphere of cinematic art and the cultural heritage: it is a resting and providing station.
Starting from Ouarzazate, all roads lead you to the wonders of southern Morocco. So live adventurous life and get to know people whose originality runs and exudes an authentic culture.
A Thousand Kasbah Road
On your way from Ouarzazate to Pullman, you will see the Dades Valley with its dry climate, known as the “Thousand Kasbah Road”. And this valley extends to no end, and in its reefs stand up stalactites and unique fortified villages, as long as the walking paths guide its singing paths. Sometimes you will have to deviate from the pathways to discover the traditional Berber dwellings of mud like those in Tidegest or Tiflet. After that, you will receive whatever rest and refreshment you want in the Palm Oasis in Skoura (3.7.1). And as soon as you pass Tengir, you will find yourselves in the depths of the magnificent Todgha gorges, which get narrower as you penetrate the folds of its rocky walls that are in the sky (at a height of more than 300 meters!), And there you will find a path that takes you to Pullman through the gorges and gorges of the Dades Highlands, where you live You will enjoy the sight of the rocks as they glow in the daylight, igniting joyful colors pink, red, orange or purple. And to the south of Pullman, you will start the journey to Mount Sagro, and there in the Valley of the Birds see and contemplate a wild colony housing 150 species of birds, and by the mountain pass “Tizi Ntazazit”, you will see from its perch some imaginary scenes that you never thought of.
Valleys of Rod
If you continue walking, tracing the trail of the Dades Valley as it crosses you through the country of roses, “Castle Makouneh”, this country in which roses grace the human being with its water that is fragrant with its fragrance, precious extracted rose water that gives the skin a look and tenderness. It is no wonder, then, that the entire region celebrated this rose in May of every year for three consecutive days. If you go far, you will be met by gorges in Dades, and then in Todgha and their slopes, which have a height of rock walls depending on the regions to a height of 300 meters.
To the south, Al Wahat Road
When you head towards the south, you will enter the Draa Valley, which extends over an area of about 200 km and is irrigated with its water a narrow oasis in which fruit trees and henna grow. Tsargat Palace, one of the palaces bordering the valley, houses the Museum of Arts and Traditions. It is a museum that displays many of the daily tools and traditional Amazigh industries.
At the gates of the desert
When your trip reaches M’hamid Al-Ghozlan, you will have reached the first stop of the desert tourism trips. And in Tenfu, the sand dunes standing there will give you a wonderful view of what you can see in the desert. However, you have to continue walking and continue to advance towards the west of the Mahamid, in order to fully enter the desert. You will not reach it until after you reach the Shikaka dunes, which are located as far as the eye can see at a distance of 40 km, some of which may reach a height of more than 150 meters.
Kasbahs, oases and Sohar … the components of the great Moroccan Saharan south are all here combined.
source: Office National Marocain du Tourisme
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