Ait Ben Haddou

Ait Ben Haddou

Ait ben Haddou

Listed on World Heritage by Unesco for many years, the ksar of the Ait ben Haddou is a fortress on top of a big hill. It dominates the high plateau that goes to Ouarzazate southwards, and climbs towards Marrakech and the Tichka pass, northwards.

A ksar is a fortified village. Ait Ben Haddou commanded the plain, the end of the pist to Telouet and another Glawi's Kasbah (Tamdakht), hence in former times, the only road to Ouarzazate. It explains its sizes, the thickness of the walls. These walls are made of adobe, and ornate with geometrical patterns made with small stones covered with dried mud.

At the foot of the hill flows the Maleh River, which name means "salted river". Its waters are actually so much salted that they can't be drunk, and the families still living in the village receive proper water once a week by a tank truck.

What to do in Ait Ben Haddou

Of course, you start with the visit of the ksar. You have to climb on the summit to enjoy the magnificent view over the valley. The climb lasts a good hour.

Then, a walk around the ksar. You can do it on foot, or ride a camel.

Finally, nearby, you have great spots to look at the sunset on the ksar: the pink ochre walls radiate with the last lights, a wonderful natural show before coming back to the hotel.