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Morocco - DESTINATIONS & HOTELS

Ait Benhaddou

No trip to Morocco is complete without a visit to Ait Benhaddou, the iconic, UNESCO World Heritage site that has graced Hollywood blockbusters from the Mummy to Gladiator alike. Founded along the age-old caravan trail that linked Marrakech to the Sahara, the crumbling adobe Kasbah and surrounding fortress sits against the backdrop of the High Atlas and served as a Berber trading post. The site has long been abandoned, the villagers moving to a modern town close by, yet several families remain and are happy to guide tourists through the narrow alleys of the medina and up to the Kasbah itself. Visit in the late afternoon as shadows stretch across the Saïss Plain and you are rewarded with one of Morocco’s most atmospheric (and photogenic) sights.