Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou - the perfect casbah... a sight of amazing beauty built mainly in mud on the slope of a steep rocky hill. It is made up of a maze of multi-storey ancient dwellings and was once a thriving community on the caravan route.
Very few families live in the village nowadays - most have moved to the adjoining modern town - mainly because the ksar doesn't have running water or electricity, though there are now plans to change this.
Fondest memory: It's difficult to pinpoint one or two sights that are better than others - it's the entire place that makes it so perfectly beautiful. Of course the mosque is the most eye-catching sight of all, but without its background of old little alleys and lanes it would lose quite a bit of its charm.
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.
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.
Favorite thing: Another house inside the village. This one has a moroccan flag hung. This house is located on the west gate to the village, and since last year, people are asking for money for you to get in and visit the village. Before that you could just enter and enjoy. I somehow think this way is better to get money for the rebuilt of the village ruined houses, but somehow i also think someone is actually getting money without making any use to it, because UNESCO gives money for the reconstuctrion of the Kasbahs.
Favorite thing: 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.
Favorite thing: This is the view of the side of one kasbah. Its just amazing how this big mud building just stay there without fall down, well, they do have problems with erosion but that can be quickly fixed, just money is needed. The money part is held by UNESCO programe for saving and rebuild old houses and kasbahs inside the walls of the ancient village of Ait Ben Haddou.
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.
Thats me on the left, Emma and Henry. Henry was a bit sick due to some couscous with olives that i cooked. sorry man! :o)
now, this is a must while visiting the kasbah. That valley just looks amazing and its actually on my top list for most beautiful places where i saw the sun going down to sleep.
This is the only one internet cafe at Ait Ben Haddou. It looks like a prehistorical cave.
Only one of the 2 computers is working actually.
But the price is fair; only 10 dirham per hour!
that's my village i like every things ???
Fondest memory: mets with other people ,vist zagora , boumalne and merzouga
Favorite thing: This is a view of the front landscape of the village of Ben Haddou heading east. Picture taken from the top of the hill where the ancient ruins are.