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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 itinerary featuring Ouarzazate

This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Ouarzazate, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

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    Our expert guides to exploring Ouarzazate

    Written by our specialists from their own experiences of visiting Ouarzazate, these guides will help you make the most of your time there. We share both our practical recommendations and the best ways to appreciate Ouarzazate at its best.

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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.

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