Ouarzazate & Skoura - for holidays in the South of Morocco

Once used as a base for desert safaris, Ouarzazate is now making a bid to be a destination in its own right. Strategically located within reach of some of the finest ksour (fortified towns) and oases of the south, Ouarzazate is also famous as the centre of the Moroccan film industry. Read more

Map of Southern Morocco
Featured Hotels
Dar Ahlam Skoura
3 nights from £ 1,568 per person Based on 2 adults including All inclusive as part of a multi centre holiday (no flights or transfers included)   info

A traditional Kasbah surrounded by a Garden of Eden, on two hectares of land. The property is located at the gateway to the Southern Moroccan desert, 40km east of Ouarzazate, in a palm grove named Skoura.

4 nights from £ 554 per person Based on 2 adults including Half-board with flights from London and transfers   info

A 7-room guest house set in large gardens amongst the palmeraie of Skoura.

Les Jardins de Skoura Morocco
3 nights from £ 218 per person Based on 2 adults including Breakfast and dinner as part of a multi centre holiday (no flights or transfers included)   info

Very charming, small French run hotel, in the beautiful palm groves of Skoura.

Les Tourmalines Ouarzazate Skoura Morocco holidays
3 nights from £ 247 per person Based on 2 adults including Half-board as part of a multi centre holiday (no flights or transfers included)   info

An ideal location to combine relaxation with stunning views of the lake and exploring the Draa Valley, the Dades and Todra Gorges.

Berber Palace Hotel Ouarzazate Morocco
3 nights from £ 392 per person Based on 2 adults including Half-board as part of a multi centre holiday (no flights or transfers included)   info

The Berber Palace is built in the Kasbah style, with a mix of Berber and traditional crafts.

4 nights from £ 546 per person Based on 2 adults including Room Only with flights from London and transfers   info

Stunning earth guest house with massive charm and views to die for...

3 nights from £ 159 per person Based on 2 adults including Half-board as part of a multi centre holiday (no flights or transfers included)   info

A 12-room hotel set on a hill overlooking the palmeraie, with views of the Atlas mountains and desert.

Kenzi Azghor
3 nights from £ 394 per person Based on 2 adults including Half-board with flights from London and transfers   info

A boutique kasbah-style hotel  looking onto the Valley of the Roses, with 110 rooms.

trekking in the Atlas mountains Morocco

5 Day 'Ahancal trek' in M’goun area

From £ 630 per person

 

 A  trek in the Mgoun area with mountain guide 

M'Goun valley Morocco trekking holidays

5-day trek in Jebel M'goun area including the M'goun gorges

Walk through some spectacular areas of southern Morocco. 

SUMMER SEASON : 1 May to end of September  (CODE: 125 B)

Excursion to High Atlas Mountains and Ait-Ben Haddou

A stunning drive over the High Atlas and visit of Ait-Ben Haddou on the edge of the desert...

City

all » Ouarzazate & Skoura
Javascript is required to view this map.

Map key

  • Multiple places
  • Accommodation
  • Property
  • Food & Drink
  • Sport
  • Historical site
  • Shopping
  • Health spa
  • Nightlife
  • Children's activites
  • Video / Audio
  • Cultural event
  • Excursion

...continued from Ouarzazate & Skoura page.


If the rocky terrain around Ouarzazate seems familiar, that’s because the area has been used as the backdrop for many Hollywood film productions. Ouarzazate has doubled up as Tibet, Egypt and every country of the Middle East in films like Jewel of the Nile, The Sheltering Sky, Kundun, Gladiator, The Kingdom of Heaven and Prince of Persia. You can see some of the props at the Atlas Film Studios just outside town.

Ouarzazate itself is a largely modern town, built as a garrison for the French Foreign Legion in the 1920s. The only historic building is the Taourirt Kasbah, home of the infamous Glaoui family, the ‘Lords of the Atlas’, who controlled access to the southern trade routes in the late 19th and early 20th century. The Taourirt Kasbah also has a Hollywood connection - it made a cameo appearance in Star Wars. Opposite is a small crafts area where you can buy carpets, carved implements and earthenware at keener prices than in Marrakech.

If you prefer to stay somewhere more atmospheric, Skoura, a small town 35 kms east of Ouarzazate with a lovely palmeraie and kasbah, makes a good alternative for exploring the pre-Sahara.