Ait Ben Haddou, 45000, Morocco
More about Ait Ben Haddou
building up the tent for the wagon
look for the old scales
By bus to Ait Benhaddou ?
We'd like to visit Ait Benhaddou from Marrakech (not from Ouarzazate). Are there any direct buses Marrakech-Ait Benhaddou, or do we have to go to Ouarzazate first and then get a grand taxi there?
Your answer is very much appreciated.
Re: By bus to Ait Benhaddou ?
I took the bus from Marrakech to Ouarzazate, then a grand taxi to Ait Benhaddou. As far as I could see there was no direct bus there unless you were in a tour bus with a group.
See my transportation tip:
Travel Tips for Ait Ben Haddou
Old, uninhabited kasbah that has been used as set for some movie productions.
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.
To get there drive throug P31 and then turn on 6803. Leave the car on the bank of a small river, cross it and walk under the majestic mud arch that is the entrance of the city, then walk through its silent and narrow streets.
Movies in Ait Ben Haddou
With its spectacular location and, of course, the impressive Kasbah, Ait Ben Haddou is a popular place to film movies. Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiator and Jesus of Nazareth are just there of many big name movies which have been filmed here. The Atlas film studios is only a short distance away on the road to Ouazazarte and ensures that Ait Ben Haddou remains a popular location for movie making.
While we were here a French movie was being filmed. We might even have had a cameo. They had started filming when we walked out of the Kasbah and we stood there waiting for it to end. One of the film crew motioned for us to move out of the way but they kept the camera rolling.
Inside street scene
This is a street scene inside the wall of Ben Haddou. Streets are tiny and you can fell lost and think you're actually inside something much bigger than this.
You can find a cpule of street shops and some places where you can have a mint tea maybe on the terrace where you can enoy te view and the tasty mint tea, typical "whiskey berber" as locals say.
The fresh village
Another better view of how do the building are constructed in terms of organization. Treets are very small and buildings are made of mud. In the summer when the temperatures are very high, thses type of construction where the houses are close to each other, create much shadow that along with the mud fresh walls make this village a very fresh and cool place when temperatures are impossible to live.
Hopefully you never need this in Morroco
Hopefully You will not get any problems with your teeth while travelling through Marocco !
Real Dentists are rare & too expensive for most people in Morocco.
Mostly this kind of business is done on the markets by special people without a real medical education.
Soemtimes You will be able to watch them tearing out the teeth of the customers, who will need artificial teeth afterwards.
Click on the pictures to enlarge them, and choose one of the many samples: my favorite is the one on top on the right with the heart on it !
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