One Day Excursions From Marrakech : Ait Benhaddou
160 km far from Marrakech, We have the Kasbah Ait Benhaddou an exceptional place. An old ruins village but still full of magic and rare beauty. Typical moroccan architecture, the beauty of its small and narrow streets that allow you to take great pictures.
– Departure time from Marrakech at 8 am
– Return back to Marrakech at 6 pm.
The Historic of kasbah:
One Day Excursions From Marrakech : Ait Benhaddou; The site of the ksar has been fortified since the 11th century during the Almoravid period. None of the current buildings are believed to date from before the 17th century, but they were likely built with the same construction methods and designs as had been used for centuries before. The site’s strategic importance was due to its location in the Ounila Valley along one of the main trans-Saharan trade routes. The Tizi n’Tichka pass, which was reached via this route, was one of the few routes across the Atlas Mountains, crossing between Marrakech and the Dra’a Valley on the edge of the Sahara. Other kasbahs and ksour were located all along this route, such as the nearby Tamdaght to the north.
The Kasbah now:
Today, the ksar itself is only sparsely inhabited by several families. The depopulation over time is a result of the valley’s loss of strategic importance in the 20th century. Most local inhabitants now live in modern dwellings in the village on the other side of the river, and make a living off agriculture and especially off the tourist trade.