Aït Benhaddou

I didn’t see anything else quite like Aït Benhaddou the entire time I was in Morocco.

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This UNESCO world heritage site is a ksar, or fortified city which would’ve been used for the purpose of defence in the early days of civilisation.

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However today barely anyone lives inside the dwellings anymore, which range from the very large to the humbly modest.

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My group climbed to the top of Aït Benhaddou just in time for sunset and were rewarded with a beautiful view once there.

Only a handful of people were there at the same time which made it extra nice.

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The walk to the summit is an easy one and along the way you’ll come across an assortment of people selling the traditional Moroccan wares but also an artist has a set up with some fantastic pieces – you’ll be pretty tempted to pick one up!

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Aït Benhaddou was our final stop before Essaouira and following that we headed back to Marrakech, where our tour started.

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The drive out of the Atlas Mountain area where Aït Benhaddou is located is rather beautiful despite a lack of greenery.

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The twisted roads and rugged landscape will make you want to pull over more than once to take a few pictures of the splendid views outside your window!


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