Ait Benhaddou

Hillside Ksar of Ait Benhaddou

Travel to Ait Benhaddou – World Heritage Ksar

Inscribed by UNESCO in 1987 as a ‘World Heritage Site’, the Ksar of Ait Benhaddou is a striking example of the architecture of southern Morocco. The ksar, a group of earthen buildings surrounded by high walls, is a traditional pre-Saharan habitat. The houses crowd together within the defensive walls, which are reinforced by corner towers.

A very picturesque setting and the backdrop for many a major movie, Ait Benhaddou is a very popular place of interest for travellers en route between Ouarzazate and Marrakech. Accommodation is available for visitors wishing to spend more time exploring the well-preserved ruins.

Other than wandering around the Ksar, exploring some of the many rooms and enjoying fine views, Ait Benhaddou is also now home to a number of artists and artifact sellers. Head for the high point on the hill above the Ksar for particularly fine views. Allow 1 to 1 ½ hours for a visit.

Camels are available for hire on the edge of the riverbed in the new town.

Several restaurants and cafés in the new town provide a place of shade, often with views overlooking the Ksar.

Located 30 km Ouarzazate and easily accessible by vehicle along a 9 km single lane asphalt road. Once in the new town of Ait Benhaddou, vehicles can go no further with access then on foot to the Ksar.

  • Witness the magnificent setting of the Ksar of Ait Benhaddou
  • Explore narrow passageways and ancient mud brick rooms
  • Take lunch at one of the restaurants overlooking the Ksar

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