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Ouarzazate

Ouarzazate has stood at the edge of the Sahara desert for hundreds of years. A city of palm trees, sandy streets and blocky, fort-like buildings, this is the Morocco seen in a hundred movies. The name Ouarzazate comes from the Amazigh for ‘quiet place’, and compared to many of its fellow Moroccan towns and cities, there is a certain calm to be found here. Inside its walls you’ll find new hotels and complexes, plus film studios which have made the most of their photogenic location. Outside the city is the reason most people come to Ouarzazate: the stunning Sahara. Take a trek out to the nearby villages and kasbahs, see the breathtaking Todra Gorge, and marvel at one of the world’s great natural wonders.

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Staying In Ouarzazate

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For many years, Ouarzazate has been the destination of choice for travellers who want to experience the Sahara. It’s also the go-to destination for Hollywood film directors who are looking for somewhere to shoot their desert based movies. This means that Ouarzazate has been welcoming guests for decades and an excellent range of hotels and guesthouses has grown up to cater for them. Whether you want a budget break or to treat yourself at a five star stay, you'll have plenty of options in Ouarzazate.

Getting To Ouarzazate

Image: An internal flight from Casablanca will soon have you in Ouarzazate

Reaching the ‘Door of the Desert’ is easier than it’s ever been. There is a conveniently placed airport on the edge of the city, and road connections to Ourazazate are improving all the time. To get there by air usually requires an internal flight on Royal Air Maroc from Casablanca, Morocco’s biggest transport hub that can be reached directly from Heathrow and Gatwick. These flights are usually twice a day and take around an hour. The more usual way to reach Ouarzazate is by road, either from Marrakech or Agadir. The journey can by taken by bus or taxi, and is a stunning trip over the Atlas Mountains.

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