Le Soleil Bleu
BP 23 -, Ouarzazate, Morocco
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Packing our backpakcs on the roof
Jbel Tifrnine and Tizi-n-Tinififft
TRAVELING FROM MARRAKECH TO OUARZAZATE
TRAVELLING FROM MARRAKECH TO OUARZAZATE.
We are travelling from Marrakech to Ouarzazate and would like to fly or have an English speaking driver. Can anyone provide details of how long it would take in a car and the cost or what airline would fly between the 2 cities? What timetable and cost.
RE: TRAVELING FROM MARRAKECH TO OUARZAZATE
Hello - as I said in my PM. I don't recommend a driver - And it's pointless as you can either rent a car, take the CTM or taxi. It would be like having a personal driver between Pittsburgh and New York.
Check Royal Air Maroc for the flights.
and the travel details on time, money, etc. can be found in their completeness on www.triotours.com which is a non-tourist site that offers travel info.
Re: TRAVELING FROM MARRAKECH TO OUARZAZATE
Unless you want or need to be in Ouarzazate in a hurry with an agenda such as work without wanting to see one of the best drive routes then i would also like jamal recommend a car and drive so you can enjoy one of the best scenic routes in morrocco
ouarzazate itself is not such a destination - its the locale around it that makes it an attraction - the ait benhaddou kasbah nearby, telouet a bit further which is along the road from marrakech and has its links with the taourirt kasbah in ouarzazate, and the tizintickha pass near there, the kasbahs and palmeraie around the skoura area, but surrounding ouarzazate is an interesting variety of attractive landscapes.
it takes about two hours to drive marrakech to telouet and another hour and a half to ouarzazate.there are daily buses to telouet and from telouet grand taxis to ouarzazate.
other than being an important centre for the district plus the film indistry theres not really a lot in ouarzazate itself other than the film studios, the taourirt kasbah, and some good cafes and shops to relax or meander around.
Travel Tips for Ouarzazate
Ait Benhaddou kasbahs
30 km out of Ouarzazate towards Marrakech is the ksar - fortified village - of Ait Benhaddou. This impressive conglomeration of kasbahs and granary has since been made a unesco heritage site and has been a site used for some well known movies such as Gladiator and Laurence of Arabia.
Several families still live within the ksar.
10 dirham entry fee and the village can be explored without a guide. There is a house that charges 5 dirham entry to see where Gladiator had been made but there didnt really seem to be anything of obvious to the movie but provides further viewing into a residential area behind closed doors.
you can wander your way up the lanes and stairways up to the old granary on top of the hill for excellent views and photos over the village and valleys beyond.
La Caravane Des Epices - Herboristerie
After visiting Zagora for a night in the desert/ camel ride,as part of our tour, we returned briefly to Ouarzazate, and stopped off at this herbalist/berber pharmacy.
I'm afraid my heart sank- I'd 'done my 'apprenticeship' of Berber pharmacies' during my visits to Marrakesh, where I'd become au fait with the routine/chat involved with attempting to sell the various herbs, spices, oils etc. and I'd got a stock of the aforementioned back home in the UK!
However, for most of my fellow travellers, this was their 1st experience, so I decided to 'grin and bear it'
Yes, he had the usual wares, however, his demonstration was added to by applying kohl eyeliner and berber markings to a couple of our group, and his imaginative use of a gourd!!!
I didn't buy anything, but I did enjoy his sales patter/technique, and quite a few of our party did purchase goods.
(Please see my Marrakesh, tips for more info re Berber Pharmacies)
"busy regional crossroads town with lots happening"
A laidback yet busy town along the major access roads to Zagora and the Draa Valley in the south, the Tafilalt in the east, marrakech in the north and Taroudannt in the west providing services of a provincial town for a large area and also now busy as a town servicing the needs of the film industry with yet another film studio opened.
"town with history- Glaouis were here also"
The Glaouis were also here, as was their headquarters nearby at Telouet, being central to their access routes to the areas they maintained control and power over and here is still Palace Taouorirt which is able to be visited but does provide a major landmark as you go through town.
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