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Ait Ben Haddou

Ait Ben Haddou, this top hill fortified village looks like a huge mud castle in some kind of Arabian fairy tail. It?s an amazing place to go and enjoy the fortified village on top of a hill, right on the bank of a river and the upper view from the top ruins are just something you will not forget, ever.
This fortified village is located on the way to the High Atlas and its one of the most well preserved Kasbahs of the region which gave it the title of UNESCO World Heritage. The village it self has grown a lot since the last couple of years, and I even saw that growth taking place. Lots of hotels and souvenirs shops were built on the other side of the river. You would be surprised of how many building actually were built in just 4 years. Anyway, at the other side of the river the fortified village stays intact, every time being reconstructed and having a better look as people take better care of the houses in order to preserve its historical aspect and with this get more tourist and make more money.
The village had a great reconstruction project which helped the rebuilt of some building in ruins and the age?s erosion and also aided the 5 families left living inside the Kasbahs; All this thankfully to UNESCO program.

I went to Ait Ben Haddou first in May 2000. The village was small and the buildings were almost restricted to the original oval in walls construction over the river. Hotels have grown like mushrooms. But of if you restrict your self to the old part of the village on the hill crossing the river you're not going to be disappointed. I got back to Ait Ben Haddou in April 2002, August 2002 and again in August 2003

This place can be seen on TV in movies like:

Jesus of Nazareth,
Lawrence of Arabia
Sodom and Gomorrah
The Gladiator with Kurt Russell

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:The most well preserved and beautiful Kasbah in High Atlas Region
  • Cons:People now ask for entrance money
  • In a nutshell:Fantastic place to get a view of an old fortified village with amazing view to the Valley
  • Last visit to Ait Ben Haddou: Aug 2003
  • Intro Updated Aug 7, 2008
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  • aussirose's Profile Photo
    Oct 28, 2010 at 5:50 PM

    Good stuff Joao! This is definately on our itinery :o) Cheers, Ann.

  • Arkeolog's Profile Photo
    Mar 2, 2009 at 12:20 AM

    Joao, I liked your Morocco pages. good photos and tips. thanks for sharing. all the best from Istanbul.Bora

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Mar 2, 2009 at 12:05 AM

    Hi Joao, thought Id for sure visited all your pages but heres a pg it seems I didnt - and I didnt remember laughing so hard about you and your olives!

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Sep 8, 2004 at 3:39 AM

    In a word - fascinating. Happy birthday (and don't eat too many olives - especially if you've cooked them!).

  • sachara's Profile Photo
    Apr 25, 2004 at 9:18 PM

    Wonderful pictures of Ait Ben Haddou !! I hope you will add text one day.

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Feb 17, 2004 at 2:58 PM

    Lots of great pics of one of the most interesting places in Marocco !


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