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DAYTRIP- Quarzazate/Ait Ben Haddou OR Essaouira??

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DAYTRIP- Quarzazate/Ait Ben Haddou OR Essaouira??

hello everyone

I will be spending 3 days in Marrakech and would like to spend one of those days on an excursion somewhere outside of Marrakech. If you had a choice and could only pick one would you rather go to Quarzazate/Ait Ben Haddou or Essaouira???

I am looking at booking through www.toubkalguide.com.

Thank you in advance for your opinions!!

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1. Re: DAYTRIP- Quarzazate/Ait Ben Haddou OR Essaouira??

Hi explorergirl! (always nice to see posts from a fellow Torontonian here!)

It really depends on what YOU prefer:

- Coastline and laid-back, picturesque atmosphere in the cool Atlantic breeze...


- Ait Ben. is a UNESCO World Heritage site (which is very nice and seen in countless movies) with the Atlas Mtns as a backdrop. Ouarzazate itself is nothing special, imho, but Kasbah Taourirt in the middle of town is nice.

Both options are worthwhile in their own way, and I don't think there is a "wrong" answer to this one. It's kind of a "win-win". Good luck with the planning.

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2. Re: DAYTRIP- Quarzazate/Ait Ben Haddou OR Essaouira??

Other options could be:

- Tizi-n-Tichka Pass and visiting Telouet with its kasbah

(not as far as Ait Ben Haddou for one day)

- Tizi-n-Test Pass with visits of Asni (Saturday souk) and Tin mal Mosque

happy travels


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3. Re: DAYTRIP- Quarzazate/Ait Ben Haddou OR Essaouira??

Top destinations , but Ouarzazate /Ait Benhaddou is not a day trip destination fromMarrakech ,as previuosly said Talouet yes, Essaouira , High Atlas : Ouirgane, Tassaouirgane, Azzaden Valley

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4. Re: DAYTRIP- Quarzazate/Ait Ben Haddou OR Essaouira??

Hi there, I just did a day trip to Ourzazate with my group 2 weeks ago. I can tell you it is very exhausting even we had excellent driver. Of course the visit is worth while but I would suggest you overnight and not go back to Marrakesh. It is ONLY good as a day trip if you really can take lots of mountain driving in one day.

If you like a day trip the best is to go to Ourika valley, which is nothing similar to Ourzazate but still wonderful way to visit High Atlas, and perhaps a typical berber house.

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