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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.

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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.

Dar Ahlam Skoura

Dar Ahlam - Relais & Chateau

South & Sahara desert hotels
3 nights from £ 1,147 per person
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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.

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L'Ma Lodge

South & Sahara desert hotels
4 nights from £ 494 per person
Example price for the next 21 days. Based on 2 adults including Half-board with flights from London and transfers.

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

Les Jardins de Skoura Morocco

Les Jardins de Skoura

South & Sahara desert hotels
3 nights from £ 186 per person
Example price for the next 21 days. Based on 2 adults including Breakfast and dinner as part of a multi centre holiday (no flights or transfers included).

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

Les Tourmalines Ouarzazate Skoura Morocco holidays

Les Tourmalines

South & Sahara desert hotels
3 nights from £ 220 per person
Example price for the next 21 days. Based on 2 adults including Half-board as part of a multi centre holiday (no flights or transfers included).

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

Riad Caravane

Riad Caravane

South & Sahara desert hotels
4 nights from £ 222 per person
Example price for the next 21 days. Based on 2 adults including Half-board as part of a multi centre holiday (no flights or transfers included).

8 room hotel set in the village of Ait Boulmane, close to a UNESCO World Heritage site; views over the Atlas mountains, heated pool.

Berbere Palace Hotel Ouarzazate Morocco

Berbere Palace

South & Sahara desert hotels
3 nights from £ 449 per person
Example price for the next 21 days. Based on 2 adults including Half-board as part of a multi centre holiday (no flights or transfers included).

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

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Dar Faracha

South & Sahara desert hotels
4 nights from £ 475 per person
Example price for the next 21 days. Based on 2 adults including Room Only with flights from London and transfers.

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

Kenzi Azghor

Kenzi Azghor

South & Sahara desert hotels
3 nights from £ 300 per person
Example price for the next 21 days. Based on 2 adults including Half-board with flights from London and transfers.

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

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