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Discover the route of a thousand kasbahs

Discover the route of a thousand kasbahs

Discover the route of a thousand kasbahs

The tourist circuits that we can do in this spectacular North African country are unlimited: the Imperial Cities, the Atlantic Coast, the Atlas, the Rif… and endless more interesting places to discover in Morocco, but few tours are so authentic. like the one that takes you through the adobe fortifications that have still stood for centuries. Discover Morocco from another point of view with the so-called Route of the Thousand Kasbahs, which will take you to discover a type of typically Moroccan architecture.

Discover the route of a thousand kasbahs

What is a kasbah in Morocco?

The translation of kasbah can be ‘fortress’, although with very well-defined characteristics: they are typically Berber fortresses, built in the heart of Morocco and built-in adobe bricks, mainly with a mixture of clay, straw and dung, which after drying offers great durability. Its silhouette is always high crenelated walls and its function was not only protection from enemies, but also from sandstorms coming from the desert. In addition, they had very good thermal insulation to combat the great oscillation of temperatures in the area.

Ait Ben Haddou, the most Oscar-winning kasbah in Morocco

One of the most famous kasbahs in Morocco is that of Ait Ben Haddou, located on the outskirts of Ouarzazate, almost 200 kilometers south of Marrakech. Declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco, it acquires a spectacular reddish hue at sunrise and sunset. Although it no longer houses the bustle of centuries ago, some families still live inside. Visiting it with a guide is almost an obligation for lovers of traditional architecture and history. And with it, in addition, cinematographic Morocco has been discovered, since internationally famous films set in the desert have been shot here. For example, Lawrence of Arabia, Babel, and Gladiator, among others.

Discover the route of a thousand kasbahs

Taourirt, the other kasbah of Ouarzazate

The Ait Ben Haddou kasbah is not the only visitable kasbah around Ouarzazate there is also the Taourirt kasbah, which is located inside the city of Ouarzazate. One of the most intriguing and well-preserved Kasbahs in Morocco is Taourirt, which has both a fascinating construction and beautiful interior decor, showing the wealth and refinement achieved by this 18th-century fortress, which was built as part of the Gold route between Marrakech and Timbuktu. You can also take guided tours inside.

And just like these kasbahs, there are many more throughout the route of the thousand kasbahs with which you will enjoy the most authentic and fascinating Morocco you can imagine. Names like ” Tifoultoute ” cannot be missing from this list, also very close to Ouzarzazate although in a more precarious state, or ” M’Goun”, About 200 kilometers (km) west of Marrakech, in the heart of a magnificent oasis, and renovated for tourist usage.

Discover Morocco and this route with our travel agency

Our agency will discover Morocco from numerous points of view, including the Route of the Thousand Kasbahs. One of the packages we offer is the three-day circular trip with departure and end in Marrakech, specifically visiting Ait Ben Haddou and contemplating many other fortresses on our way. Other unique experiences are also included in this express tour, such as dromedary rides through the dunes of the Sahara desert.

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