It has appeared in more than 10 movies, including Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator.
By busMost buses do not ply direct to Aït Benhaddou but can drop you off at the turn off about 7 km away from where you will have to find a lift. Or you get dropped of a little earlier at Tadoula, from where you can walk through the desert for about 5 km.
By taxiA grand taxi seat from Ouarzazate costs 15 dirham. From or to the junction at the highway, it is 9 dirham.
Or you arrange a private hire of a taxi for the trip. At daytime, grand taxis are always waiting at the crossing.
By carAït Benhaddou is 9 km off the main Tizi n Tichka road, which links Ouarzazate to Marrakech. Coming from Ouarzazate, turn to the right after about 18 km from the town. It's quite a scenic drive to Aït Benhaddou. On the way into town there is a slight turn to the right, which is a popular spot for great views over the town and the Kasbah.
Granaryimpressive and well worth the effort to get up there.
Mausoleum of Ben-Haddou
- Climb atop the hill for breathtaking views.
- Rent a bike and drive up the road to Telouet (~50 km). It was paved a few years ago but traffic is still scarce.
There is a very friendly carpet shop in the newer part of town near the post office.
Hotel la Barakahas a restaurant with a nice courtyard.
Auberge La GouladeThe first auberge along the road into Ait Benhaddou, run by a French man and his Moroccan wife. Very friendly, excellent food and good price.
phone: +212 5 24 89 00 22address: Kasbah Ait Benhaddou, MoroccoClean, comfortable rooms. Great food.
phone: +212 5 24 88 76 44address: Douar As Falou, Ait Benhaddou, MoroccoIn an authentic yet modern setting, Riad Ksar Ighnda opens its doors for you onto the Atlas Mountains with rooms in tadelakt with air conditioning.
La Fibule d'Or Ait Benhaddouphone: +212 667597476address: ait ben haddou11 rooms, restaurant, room service, panoramic terrace, free parking, free internet.
phone: +212 6 61 94 11 53address: Ksar Aït BenhaddouAuthentic renovated Berber Kasbah. Magnificent view. Tranquility. Hospitable.
phone: +212 651 469 087Chic hotel in restored Berber house. Small pool and views towards the Ksar. Located around one kilometre from the village.