Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou, Ait Ben Haddou

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Must see · World heritage site · Observation Deck · Castle
Explore the streets of Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou, a traditional clay city now protected as a World Heritage Site. Dating back to the 11th century, the collection of six forts (known as kasbahs) and around fifty individual homes sit huddled behind fortified walls on what was once the caravan route connecting Sahara and Marrakech. Used in many films over the years, usually as a stand-in for Jerusalem, the city has an evocative, timeless charm. Using our custom trip planner, Ait Ben Haddou attractions like Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Very interesting and unusual architecture, you should definitely see it once. But this is not a place to visit twice. Travel guides and reviews exaggerate the significance of this place. In reality...  more »
  • Two friends, my wife, little son and I visited Kasbah Aït-Ben-Haddou in August in the evening to see the sunset. The hike is not very challenging (I was carrying our son and my wife our camera), but.....  more »
  • Somehow we accidentally stumbled across this place and it turns out to be really famous. Anyway, glad it happened, this place was absolutely amazing! Just keep in mind that the kids who will help you cross the river are expecting to be paid if you allow them to help :)
  • There is a Morocco with prehistoric resonances, abandoned and naked, bathed in solitude and silence. It is the Morocco of the south, which hides a lunar landscape, broken and reddish, protected by mountain ranges and dotted from time to time by oases covered with palm groves. Ait Ben Haddou is a clear example of southern Moroccan architecture, whose history dates back almost a thousand years.

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