Ait Ben Haddou – Morocco

Ait Ben Haddou ksar, Morocco

Ait Ben Haddou ksar

Ait Ben Haddou is a traditional fortified town in the High Atlas mountains, on the UNESCO World Heritage List Ben Haddou has appeared in several films such as Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator.

Inside Ait Ben Haddou ksar, Morocco

Inside the beautiful but barely inhabitable Ait Benhaddou.

High view from Ait Ben Haddou ksar, Morocco

Ben Haddou from an eagle’s viewpoint.

Getting to Ait Benhaddou

The nearest towns are Ouarzazate and Marrakesh.
• Buses do not go there so book rental car or a taxi.
• Car Rental is best from Marrakech. It’ll be a full day trip but it’s a beautiful scenic drive and well worth the time and money.
• Consider overnighting in Ait Benhaddou to enjoy the Ksar in different lighting conditions. It looks very different at sunrise from sunset.

Detail mud walls, Ait Ben Haddou ksar, Morocco

A detail of mud walls.

Interior doorway, Ait Ben Haddou ksar, Morocco

Interior doorway in Ait Ben Haddou.