Fortified and frozen in time, Ait Benhaddou stands tall and undulating in the forever changing landscape of the Sahara desert. This is the place that has inspired those images of sandy castles and Moroccan opulence that you have been harboring in your mind ever since you started planning your trip here. This is the stunning scenery that you have seen in countless movies like Lawrence of Arabia, Jesus of Nazareth, Jewel of the Nile and Gladiator. This UNESCO World Heritage Site holds the promise of offering you with the heavenly experience you wish to savor during your visit to Morocco. So go ahead and include an exclusive day trip to Ait Benhaddou from Marrakech, just so you can get a glimpse of the opulent culture and royal way of life that this land is known for.
Day trips to Ait Benhaddou from Marrakech are heavenly for a number of reasons – (a) They let you explore and enjoy the ever-changing landscapes of this part of the world. Deserts, mountains, waterfalls, rivers – you name it, this journey will take you there. (b) They let you make a forage into the unique Moroccan Kasbah experience – one that has no parallel anywhere else on the planet. (c) They allow you to experience the history and culture of the great Moroccan empire – a snapshot into the artistry, trade, and extravagant way of life that the people here have enjoyed for centuries. And all this is neatly packed into a day long trip that will get you back to your hotel for a good night’s rest by the time the day ends.
The architecture of Ait Benhaddou is, in itself, a different experience altogether. Turrets and towers, soft peach colored walls, grilled windows, and colorful décor – this location shines bright like a jeweled necklace amidst the monotonous Saharan wilderness. This place was one of the most important strongholds for traders who would use it to bring gold, ivory, salt and so much more from the old Salt Road caravan routes. Remnants of this ancient history are scattered all over this Kasbah, waiting for you to explore them during your day trip to Ait Benhaddou from Marrakech. So why not set aside one day in your Moroccan travel itinerary for the same? Isn’t this one heavenly experience that you wouldn’t want to pass up?