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Ouarzazate is a city of strategic and historic importance, sadly not really reflected in the determinedly modern architecture.

It is however a great base and staging post for exploration of the kasbahs, valleys and desert of the south, and possesses a couple of interesting kasbahs itself.

Taourirt is the best of these, and has been restored, now standing at the heart of a complex of traditional housing, craft shops and cafés. It is likely you will pass through and stay in or near Ouarzazate at least once on any itinerary that includes a visit to the desert and southern oases valleys.

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Suggested itineraries featuring Ouarzazate

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Ouarzazate, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

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    Ideas for experiencing Ouarzazate

    Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Ouarzazate, and which use the best local guides.

    • Dades Valley & Gorge Tour
      Todra Gorge, Morocco

      Dades Valley & Gorge Tour

      Dades Valley & Gorge Tour

      Explore the beautiful Dades Valley, otherwise known as the 'Road of a Thousand Kasbahs'. The red hues of the stark mountain scenery contrast with the softer green of the fertile valley floor, ringed and protected by mud-brick walls and fortresses.

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