Aït-Benhaddou

Ksar of Aït-Benhaddou

Aït-Benhaddou is a city in Morocco.

This is a traditional Mud Brick city on the edge of the High Atlas Mountains. It is on the UNESCO World Heritage List and has featured in many films, mostly as a replacement for Jerusalem.

It has appeared in more than 10 movies, including Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator.

Get in

Aït Benhaddou is accessible from Ouarzazate and Marrakesh

It will be better to arrange a private hire of a taxi for the trip. At daytime, grand taxis are always waiting at the crossing. A seat costs 9 Dirham to which they might add for luggage. The cost for the whole taxi will be 60 Dirham.

Get around

Once inside the Ksar you can only walk or climb. There are two main entrances into the Ksar. One can be reached by new bridge. To reach the second, it is necessary to cross the river using the stepping stones (in dry season the river is completely dry).

See

Do

Buy

There are several shops within the town that sell souvenirs from all over the Sahara, particularly prevalent are Models of the Ksar and wooden artifacts from the Dogon people in Mali. There is a very friendly carpet shop in the newer part of town near the post office.

Eat

Sleep

Go next

Grand Taxi back to the crossing 9D per seat, then 14D to Ouarzazate. You might also be able to catch a bus to Marrakesh (they stop if they have seats available).

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