01 - Cinema in Warzazat

Warzazat Warzazat
Duration: 6 Hours
Scale: 1 - 20 people
From Warzazat to Warzazat
Categories: Guided tours
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A proposal of circuit to discover the essential sites of the "Hollywood of Morocco". Passionate about cinema, this experience will be unforgettable ...

In Taourirt, before taking your car, cross the road and visit the superb cinema museum (open every day from 8am to 6pm, entry: 30 DMA per person) which retraces the history of the studios of Ouarzazate and the great films shot in these places.
Direction then the west exit of the city, on the national 9 (note in passing the monuments that adorn the center of the roundabouts): 4 km, visit the Atlas studios and, a little further, CLA where were shot from many movies and series. Admission is charged (50 DMA per person) and the visit is always carried out in the company of a guide that you must pay for a consequent tip (100 DMA for a small group if the visit includes the fantastic decor -Jerusalem time Crusades! - from Ridley Scott's Kingdom of Heaven, accessible only by a track, however, a good ride).
Leaving CLA Studios, at the roundabout facing it, after the Royal Gendarmerie checkpoint, take the right-hand road, facing south, to Tifoultout: its kasbah, unfortunately in ruins, served, in 1962 , natural scenery of certain scenes from the film Lawrence of Arabia, David Lean before hosting the team and the actors of Cent mille dollars au soleil, Henri Verneuil in 1964. The terrace of this former palace of Glaoui offers a splendid sight on the valley of Ouarzazate wadi but its state of disrepair implies some precautions ...
A stone's throw away, continuing south on the same road, what was a sumptuous scenery still rises (but for how long?): Supposed to represent Jerusalem in the 1st century, it was built for the shooting of Jesus of Nazareth, by Franco Zefirelli (1974).
Back to Taourirt along the right bank of Ouarzazate wadi. The fans, if they have a little time left, can make a round trip to the studios of the Oasis, near Fint (P1507 road from Tarmigt, 15 km).

Note that many other sites are to discover near the Gandini B & B, including this unlikely US service station on the road to Tazenakht (La colline a des yeux2006), or the Ksar Ait Benhaddou, another goal. And, random walks, it will be easy to discover the remains of scenery, sites once landscaped and abandoned, very fragile evidence of plaster, cardboard and polysterene of an essential activity for the region.

  Read more about cinema in Ouarzazate (in French)