The Hollywood of Morocco

On our way to the Sahara desert we stopped off at Morocco’s well known High Atlas Mountain Hollywood territory, the Red Citadel of Morocco, Citadel of Ait Benhaddou in the town of Ouarzazate.

Some of the many films made on this North African set include:

  • Game of Thrones
  • Asterix
  • Jesus of Nazareth
  • Lawrence of Arabia and
  • Gladiator
  • Sodom and Gomorrah
  • The Mummy
  • Time Bandits

The Hills Have Eyes was also filmed in the Moroccan Atlas Mountains – a true story apparently!!!

Citadel of Ait Benhaddou is now a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Although most of the clay buildings and the maze-like streets you see today are from the 17th century, a small number of families still live in this fortified village – it isn’t just a tourist attraction and film set!

The Berber flag with the letter ‘Z’ in red

Still not sure what these formations were for, or why there were so many of them all over the Atlas Mountains……

At the top of the steep climb

Local artist with artwork for sale

The bridge we crossed as we entered….


The bridge we crossed to exit


Also in the region….




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