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KASBAH OF AIT-BEN HADDOU is probably Morocco’s most famous structure. It is a historic ksar (fortified village) located in Morocco along the former caravan route that connected Marrakesh and the Sahara Desert. In 1987, it was selected to be included on the list of World Heritage Sites by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). 

The kasbah has been fortified since the Almoravid period in the 11th century. At that time, no other materials than organic and natural ones were utilized in the construction of the “kasr” save clay, which gives the structure its iconic status. The Berber interior decoration is combined with Islamic art styles to create distinctive and highly lovely patterns. Inside the building, we can find a collection of fortified dwellings, miniature sandcastles, a mosque, and stables; the region itself is situated on the edge of the saline valley of Ounila. The stunning sight next to the river appears more like a spectacular dream than a real site. Nonetheless, the monument preserves the traditions of pre-Saharan residential decoration practices.

Thanks to its structure and location, the site was a typical place for desert-dwellers looking for a way out. The merchants and camel caravan owners transporting tons of gold, ivory, and salt, were considering Ait-Ben-Haddou as the most important spot to relax and purchase products due to its abundance of oasis. In addition, the kasbah has become a popular location for film making. Here are the most famous movies filmed on the site: “Lawrence of Arabia,” “Star Wars,” and “Gladiator.”

Let us explore what makes Essaouirafascinated by travelers from different countries. 


  • Cross Tizi N Tichka pass (2260 meters above the sea level)

  • Explore the UNESCO-listed kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou

  • Visite Ouarzazate

  • Discover Taourirte Kasbah

  • Pay a visit to the famous natural studio of Morocco



    The full-day trip from Marrakech to Ait-Ben Haddou starts when our driver picks you up from your Riad in the morning. We will drive through the Tizi N Tichka mountain pass. The highest mountain pass in the North African region (2260 meters above sea level). Along the way, we will have stops way to enjoy the scenery and take pictures from the highest point, also Stretch your legs or get something to drink. When we arrive at Ait-ben Haddou kasbah we will park the car and take a leisurely stroll through its labyrinth of narrow streets and admire the wonderfully built towers and walls made of sandstone. these structures were previously used to protect the caravan route that ran from the Sahara to Marrakech. Visit the riverbank of the Mellah (the historic Jewish quarters), where there are some gorgeous palm groves and trees blooming along the riverbank, climb all the way to the peak for breathtaking views of the surrounding Palmerian and hammada (stony desert). Afterward, we continue our way to Ouarzazate, the gateway to the Sahara Desert. Once you are there, you will firstly visit the kasbah of Taourirt, which is the largest Kasbah in all of Morocco and was the residence of Morocco's monarch, Pacha Glaoui. And secondly, the famous natural studio of Morocco where the cinematographic art museum exists, this museum has everything that has to do with making movies, like VFX equipment, cameras, tools, chambers, and more. After a full day of visiting the historical site of Ait-Ben Haddou kasbah, Taourirt kasbah, and Ouarzazate in an amusing and adventurous atmosphere, with a lot of memories and experiences that will stick with you for the rest of your life, we will drive back to Marrakech through the high Atlas Mountains and drop you off at your accommodation.

Day trips from Marrakech

 Marrakech Day Tours are the greatest and most popular Morocco day trips, from the green city of Morocco to the most interesting around destinations. These day tours, which begin in the morning and continue into the evening, will take you away from the hustle and bustle of the city and its congested streets and lanes for around nine hours.

Day Trip From Marrakech To kasbah of Ait-Ben Haddou

What’s Included on the Day trip: Volubilis and Meknes::

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Important: if our Day trip from Marrakech to Kasbah of Ait-Ben Haddou we offer doesn’t suit your preferences, it is flexible to be customized to your requirements or need any further information don’t hesitate to contact Odyssey Morocco Travel expert Morocco team.

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