Welcome to the Hollywood of Morocco.
Ouarzazate is a city with a lot to tell and show to its visitors. It’s the Door of the Moroccan Sahara, being boarded by the High Atlas Mountains to the north and by Sahara desert to the south. The city was an important crossing point of the former caravan trade rout between Sahara and Morocco. Aït Benhaddou, Tifoultoute Kasbah, Taourirt Kasbah and Skoura Oasis are just some of the Ouarzazate attractions.
Ouarzazate is famous for having one of the biggest film studio in the world, Atlas Studio. The studio was the shooting location of many well known movies such as Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra, Gladiator, The Mummy and Alexander. Together with the nearby ksar of Aït Benhaddou which was also used as a shooting location in many films, Ouarzazate is named the Hollywood of Morocco.
You’ll also be delighted by the beauty of nature that surrounds Ouarzazate: oases of palm groves and a stunning mixture of mountain and desert landscapes. If you decide to visit the city in May, you’ll witness the most beautiful period of the year when the roses plantations in Draa Valley are blooming. There is also an annually festival in mid-May that is celebrating the rose crops, El-Kelaa M’Gouna Rose Festival, being a very popular festival in Morocco. Ouarzazate is nearby the festival location.