5 good reasons to go to Ouarzazate
To see / do
Culture and history
The city of Ouarzazate
Ouarzazate is a North African city that’s full of surprises. There’s the craft market, film studios and the famous Taourirt Kasbah, which should definitely be at the top of your list. This stunning Kasbah was built by the Berbers in the 17th century. Go inside to see what’s hidden behind its terracotta walls.
El Mansour Eddahbi Dam
Just south of Ouarzazate, the El Mansour Eddahbi Dam holds back 560 million cubic metres of water from the Drâa River. This spectacular-looking dam has to be seen to be believed. And nature-lovers will adore the artificial lake, which is home to a rich diversity of wildlife. Lots of fish, foxes, otters, migratory birds and other animals can be found there.
Archaeologists have made some incredible discoveries in Tazouda, not too far from Toundoute. They have uncovered the tracks and bones of dinosaurs dating back 180-185 million years! They are said to be the oldest dinosaur remains ever to be found. You can visit the archaeological site itself, where a museum will soon be opened.
Wander around the craft market
If you’re looking for an authentic taste of Morocco, then head to the city’s craft market where you can see spices, leather goods, earthenware pots and lots of other handmade objects. There’s no denying the skill of the local craftsmen. They are particularly accomplished in the regional art of rug-making, which is recognised the world over.
A secret oasis
Have you heard of the Fint Oasis? No? Well, there’s probably a good reason for that. Fint means “hidden” in the Berber language. So take a trip to a place that’s rather secret, or at least, that isn't particularly well-signposted! A lush, green oasis awaits you. You can see lots of exciting things here: film shoots, donkey rides, bivouac shelters and more.
Traditional Moroccan tajine
Your five senses are in for a treat in Morocco. Tickle your taste buds with a fantastically fragrant tajine. The tajine is the name of the earthenware pot, as well as the meat and vegetable dish itself. Spices make this traditional meal particularly tasty. Depending on the time of year, you get different types of tajine, some using courgettes or quince, for example.
Did you buy a plane ticket to Ouarzazate? Then, you’ll be surprised to know that pizza is popular there! However, on North African soil, pizza is called aghroum bout'gouri and is essentially a stuffed flatbread that looks like a squashed calzone. The bread is filled with a mixture of meat, peppers, garlic, coriander, chilli and other ingredients.
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