Ouarzazate may look familiar to many, having featured in numerous Hollywood films such as Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Gladiator (2000) and The Mummy (1999). It’s not hard to see why. The town and its surroundings are incredibly scenic, sprawling over a dramatic natural plateau, and bordered by the Atlas Mountains and the desert. The town itself is notable for its numerous examples of beautiful Berber kasbahs, including the Ait Benhaddou, Atlas Studios, where Morocco is transformed into a mini-Egypt with the sets and props from many of the area’s most famous films.

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