Somehow I never expected my trip to Morocco to include a visit to the world’s largest movie studio.
Located in the Ouarzazate province not too far from the popular UNESCO heritage site of Ait Benhaddou, this desert site of Atlas Corporation Studios has been the location for many well known films some of which include Lawrence of Arabia, The Mummy and Babel.
I’ve done studio tours before in LA and let me assure you the experience you receive here is nothing compared to the likes of Warner Bros or Universal.
There’s men constructing sets 2 meters away from where you’re walking and they wave a friendly hello as you pass by.
And I certainly don’t recall being able to walk up close to and touch as many sets in the USA compared to here, although a good deal at Atlas do appear to be in quite a dilapitated state or haven’t been used in a while.
Our guide was a friendly young guy who spoke English really well and was extremely patient when besides my friends and I, we were paired with a rather obnoxious family who felt the need to take about 1,298,204 pictures at every stop we made.
The walking tour probably took about an hour or so all together, since the majority of this place is flat sand.
I would recommend a visit here only if you’re in the area – it’s not worth going out of your way for but I did enjoy it all the same!