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On the Road in Morocco: From the Road of a Thousand and One Fortresses to the Sahara Desert

Seeing Marrakech as a point of departure rather than a point of arrival is the first step to discovery another morocco. Morocco, surpassing the nearly two million arrivals that make its most famous city the most visited in a country that relies heavily on tourism, now that years of drought are causing an agricultural crisis. An authentic, new, beautiful Moroccocomposed of thousands of shades of sand color, of villages where you are surrounded by dozens of celebrating children, of unexplored roads that lead to the sandy Sahara desert, passing through panoramas of snow-capped mountains.

Enough eight hundred kilometers to be covered in five or six days’ travel, alone or with a guide who also acts as a driver, and maybe a 4×4 (not a necessary condition, given that the roads are well paved and very safe, but useful if you want to enter roads that cross gorges and valleys). From that moment on, leaving behind the (always fun) craziness of the souks of Marrakech or the grace of the Majorelle Gardens, Morocco emerges in all its diversity.

First stop: Marrakech – Ouarzazate

The Atlas Mountains, after crossing Tizi n’Tichka, MoroccoIvan Tessier

There are no small distances between Marrakesh and Marrakesh Ourzazate, the Moroccan “gateway to the desert”.which is reached through Tizi n’Tichka, a mountain pass through the High Atlas which reaches up to 2,260 meters. You cross unspoiled landscapes and come across bustling villages where shops and roadside restaurants cook their meat until late, lighting up the night in these highlands that surround the desert in a coexistence that seems impossible.

The point of arrival is Ouarzazate, the “silent city”, with its Kasbah Taurirtalso known as the “Moroccan Hollywood”, with its five film studios that have hosted the shooting of all kinds of films in North Africa and beyond, from The mummy toAlexander by Oliver Stone, by Asterix and Obelix Mission Cleopatra to The hills Have Eyes.

Second stop: Ouarzazate – The road of a thousand and one fortresses

Morocco High Atlas The Dades Ksar Valley of AitBenHadou is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Morocco, High Atlas, Dades Valley, Ksar of Ait-Ben-Hadou, classified as World Heritage by UNESCOToole and Bruno Morandi

Source: VanityFair



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