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Ouarzazate, Morocco

Ouarzazate 45000, Morocco

Desert dream

It may not be the first stop on the Moroccan tourist circuit, but there is a reason why so many Hollywood films are shot in and around Ouarzazate: this desert scenery is unfailingly dramatic and picturesque. The town of Ouarzazate itself is fine, but the real treat is spending a week roaming the surrounding small villages. In Morocco's largest cities, you may as well be in Europe; but you only need to go an hour into the countryside to go 100 years back in time and have one of the most exotic experiences of your life--the kind that make you pinch yourself to be sure you're not dreaming this amazing landscape and culture.