Ouarzazate Off The Beaten Path

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    Village Talmasla: Sunrise

    by Belsaita Written Jan 31, 2016

    One of the pluses of staying in Dar Bladi was their wonderful terrace. The views at sunrise were stunning, no picture makes them justice. After a huge and tasty breakfast, it was a nice way to start our last day in Morocco...

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    Village Talmasla

    by Belsaita Updated Jan 31, 2016

    We would had never find this place if we did not stay in Dar Bladi for the night.
    Talmasla is a tiny traditional village, apparently famous for its storks. I can't remember seeing many storks, but the village can't be more 'authentic' so we loved staying there. The views over Ouarzazate, the valley and the Atlas Mountains were stunning (see the next tip: sunrise).

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    Tifoultoute Kasbah in Ouarzazate

    by johnsakura Written May 12, 2012

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    This 18th century casbah located on the way to Zagora, features a powerful strategic location for such an ancient casbah.

    You can visit inside, drink some tea and learn more about the region history and culture. Don’t miss out the amazing view of the valley from the casbah top terrace.

    The view from the terrace is amazing. There are at least 3 stork's nests on the terrace.

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    M.I.A. clip of Bad Girls music in Ouarzazate

    by johnsakura Written May 12, 2012

    Famous MIA singer had her famous music "Bad Girls" (the one with the cars spinning on the road) filmes here in Ouarzazate, just in the other side of the river on the way out of Tabounte. You can still see the mark of the car wheels on the asphalt.

    MIA official music clip here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2uYs0gJD-LE

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    Pope Joan movie set in Ouarzazate

    by johnsakura Updated May 12, 2012

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    There is an unknown and unvisited movie set in Ouarzazate. By this it is very interesting as it is lost in time. No one goes there but it is very beautiful. It is the set of the city of Jerusalem for the movie Pope Joan filmed back in 1999.

    This set is located after the Tifoultoute Kasbah. Heading to Tifoultoute you can already spot it up the mountains far. Off road track direction of Kasbah Zitoune hotel, then turn left into the mountain. There is a guard to whom you could give 10 or 20 dirhams out of sympathy.

    The movie is about a woman of British descent born in the German city of Ingelheim in the middle of the ninth century. She disguises herself as a man and rises through the Vatican hierarchy.

    trailer of Pope Joan movie here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPjzAgrMsfY

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    CLA cinema outdoor sets

    by johnsakura Written May 11, 2012

    Apart from the main studios near the road, CLA Cinema Studios in Ouarzazate also has 3 main sets out in the open, in the desert plateau. This is amazing and you'll be amazed.

    Visit the JERUSALEM set, Initially used for the production of the movie Kingdom of Heaven; KASBAH set, Authentique Kasba (Village) Arabe style; the MEKKA set, Initially used for the production of the movie The Greatest Journey.

    You have to have your own transportation or join someone in the studios. There is an entrance fee of 50 dirhams per person.

    Phone: (212) 522 29 53 32/33/34

    Website: http://www.cla-studios.com/

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    the Atlas studios and Studios Kanzaman

    by call_me_rhia Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    If you are a movie buff, then I suppose a visit to one of the studios is a must. I know of at least two studios, the Studios Kanzaman and the Studios Atlas Studios CLA. They both are located about 2/3 kilometres from Ourzazate city centre.

    I did not visit them inside, I just stopped for a photo. However I know that, if there is no movie being filmed, it is possible (for a fee) to go inside and visit the sets and locations.

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    Jbel Tifrnine and the col Tizi-n-Tinififft

    by sachara Written May 5, 2008

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    When you go from Ouarzazate to the Draa Valley and Zagora, you will first pass an impressive and barren mountaineous area. It is the Jbel Tifrnine, the most eastern part of the Anti Atlas.

    When we took this route by hired car in 2008, we saw before we reached the col Tizi-n-Tinififft at 1660 m first black mountain slopes, blinking in the sun and deep cliffs. At the highest point we parked our car to look backwards to the breathtaking views in the direction of the High Atlas.

    Then we continued in the direction of the Draa Valley. On the way we saw many colours of the minerals in the rocks. Following the descending road we saw long slopes with lots of rolling stones and dry valleys and from here we the first views at the Draa valley below.

    I was surprised that I didn't remember how scenic this route was from the first visit 8 years before when we passed also these mountains with a landrovertrip coming from the other side. Then I realised that in the landrover we sat in the back and had limited views from the sidewindows. Sitting in the front seat in your own car gives you the best panorama view you can imagine. From now I think I will only travel in the front seat.

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    ait ben haddou.

    by cachaseiro Written Mar 2, 2008

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    ait ben haddou is around 30 kilometers and an easy and very interesting daytrip to make from ouarzazate.
    it's an old desert castle sitting on top of a hill and the place is listed as world heritage by UNESCO.
    the village where it's located is very small, so you might prefer to stay in ouarzazate and do a day trip out there.
    ait ben haddou is easily reached by mini bus or taxi.

    ait ben haddou. inside the catsle. ait ben haddou.
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    do a desert trip.

    by cachaseiro Written Mar 2, 2008

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    ouarzazate is a good place to start if you plan to visit the desert.
    we booked a trip though the hotel zaghro where we had our own pajero jeep with a driver for 3 days.
    the trip we bought included two nights stay in desert camps and cost us just over 200 euros per person.
    it was nice to have the freedom of having our own car with a driver.
    that way we could stop when we anted, but also go off the road and in to the desert without getting lost.
    it was a really intersting trip that i would highly recommend.

    desert trip desert accomodation we took a little camel trek too. an oasis. sahara.
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    4 wheel drive to Telouet

    by angiebabe Updated Jul 7, 2007

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    Instead of going the Ouarzate to Marrakech main road route to Telouet which takes about an hour and a half theres the 4 wheel drive route to Telouet which goes past Ait Benhaddou and is stunning - its only 58 km - but its strictly four wheel drive vehicle route -
    but we did it in our little normal car! it took us 5 hours!!

    but we did it and what a challenge and a stunning day out!!(i had a rather amazing at the wheel boyfriend!)

    It can also make an excellent walk which can be done in 2 days and you link up with minibuses that go from anmiter fairly frequently into Telouet which is 11 km from Anmiter. also From anmiter are buses that go back to Marrakech each morning about 7 am .
    If you are wanting to go back to Ouarzazate then you can catch a grande taxi to amezgane and then wait for one to Ouarzazate, not usually very long a wait, or catch the early morning bus and get off at the main road and flag a grande taxi or bus.

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    the beauty of the Al Mansour ed Dahabi Dam

    by angiebabe Written Jul 7, 2007

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    About 20 km along the road from Ouarzazate towards Skoura and Tinerhr at the feet of the Royal Golf Ourzazate can be seen the waters of the Al Mansour ed Dahabi Dam.

    the roads to the Golf Complex are off limits but just before there there is a public road turning off to the right which takes you to a rise with parking area where we got excellent views

    - and what a sight we were so lucky to have that day with perfect and beautiful reflections looking across to a lone kasbah there on the edge of the water!

    Lovely purple flowers were prevalently in bloom around the area too!

    kasbah with perfect reflections! Royal Golf Ouarzazate on the left the side road we came down from the main road paddocks of purple flowers
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    Take a trip to the oasis of Fint

    by angiebabe Written May 21, 2007

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    Despite all the visits ive made to Ouarzazate and the time ive spent and lived around the area id never heard of 'Fint' until just recently when i was in Ouarzazate to spend some time a bit more as a tourist but ran into some people i knew who recommended i go out to see 'lovely' Fint.

    I was told its only 10km by piste road out to the 'lovely oasis with kasbah' and that it should take only about an hour and a half there and back. and thats what i found. Its 10km from the turn off from the bypass road that runs behind Ouarzazate from the south, eg Agdz, north to Marrakech. The road had some pockets of slow piste with biggish stones or rocks which then became smaller and the route was faster to drive on.
    The terrain is fairly flatf though gradual incline with not much to see other than pleasant hills in the distance surrounding the route and a dam of water that had some stilted birds and cranes and flowers and colourful vegetation and also a herd of goats grazing nearby and a group of locals swimming.
    Then suddenly appears the valley down into the oasis with rather impressive rock formations and down into a palmeraie with creek and pink oleanders and of course some locals asking how i am and inviting me to the village.
    The creek looked a bit too deep for the car and it looked dirt based rather than stone based so that was it for me other than to get out and have a quick look around for some nice pics of the surrounds.
    and then head back. The drive back facing the direction of Ouarzazate gave nice views of the city in the distance surrounded by its hills and mountains with some sight of the blue barrage water as well.
    If id had more time i would have waded across the river and gone for a walk into the village to see the kasbah.

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