Aït Benhaddou

The Ancient Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou in Morocco

The ancient kasbah of Ait Benhaddou, nestled in the heart of Morocco, is a must-visit destination for history and architecture enthusiasts. You can travel to Ait Benhaddou, a fortified village that dates back to the 17th century and a place that has served as a backdrop for numerous Hollywood films. The official name of this UNESCO World Heritage site in Morocco is Ksar Ait Benhaddou.

When you visit Ait Benhaddou, you can explore the impressive earthen clay architecture, which has been carefully preserved and restored. The village showcases traditional Moroccan architecture, including the iconic kasbahs and a network of narrow, winding streets. Our tours in Morocco departing from Marrakech allow you to immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of the mesmerizing kasbah of Ait Benhaddou.

Ait Benhaddou Morocco

“Ait Benhaddou was an important stop along the caravan routes of ancient Morocco (17th century CE).”

Curiosities about Ait Benhaddou:

  1. The ancient kasbah of Ait Benhaddou is located in Morocco and dates back to the 17th century.
  2. Ait Benhaddou was an important stop along the caravan routes of ancient Morocco.
  3. The village features traditional Moroccan architecture, including the iconic kasbahs.
  4. The fortified village comprises a series of interconnected dwellings and defensive walls.
  5. Ait Benhaddou has been a popular filming location for many Hollywood movies, including Gladiator and Lawrence of Arabia.
  6. The site was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1987.
  7. Today, Ait Benhaddou is a popular tourist destination, attracting visitors from around the world.

Visit Ait Benhaddou

Ksar Ait Benhaddou is a striking example of Moroccan earthen clay architecture. As you wander through the narrow, winding streets, you’ll be captivated by the unique blend of traditional craftsmanship and modern restoration efforts.

The village is divided into several distinct districts, each showcasing a different aspect of life in ancient Morocco.

Map of Ait Benhaddou

Notable sites within Ait Benhaddou

  • The main gate: is the fortified village entrance, flanked by imposing defensive walls.
  • Traditional kasbahs: The iconic Moroccan structures that served as homes and communal spaces.
  • Narrow streets: The maze-like network of streets which provided protection and facilitated trade. Granary: The central storage facility for grains and other agricultural products.
  • Mosque: The village’s religious center, serving the community’s spiritual needs.
  • Public square: The bustling heart of the village, where locals would gather for social events and trade.
  • Bathhouse: The communal space for bathing and relaxation.
  • Caravanserai: The lodging for travelers and traders along the ancient caravan routes.
  • Surrounding landscape: The picturesque backdrop of the village, with the stunning Atlas Mountains and the Ounila River.

Travel to Ait Benhaddou

List of tours in Morocco that travel to Ait Benhaddou.

Photos of Ksar Ait Benhaddou

Images of Ait Ben Haddou and the impressive kasbahs in Morocco.