Morrocco, Ouarzazate – Atlas Film Studios
raveling to see movie backdrop is more popular every year, so it's no wonder that the Ouarzazate Moroccan Valley is a sought-after and, most of all, a cheap destination for movie enthusiasts from around the world. Everyone is eager to see and touch the scenery that has played a major role in many series and movies. In the valley you can see real shooting places, such as the historic Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou. Above all, there are large Atlas studios built on the dusty plains of the eastern foothills of the Atlas Mountains.
The studios were founded in 1983 near the town of Ouarzazate, which today has about 60,000 inhabitants and is an unusually modern agglomeration for Moroccan conditions. Near the studios there is an airport, designed especially for the transport of scenery and members of shooting crews. The city itself is very clean and developed, but there is everything revolving around the influx of shooting crews and tourists. Except for the movie and tourist season, the hotels and restaurants are empty.
The film industry thrives in Morrocco, thanks to its reliable climate, the diverse landscape landscape, which is particularly suitable for shooting historical films, as well as low running costs. As far as the area is concerned, Atlas Studios are the largest in the world. Spread over 30,000 m², it can be almost an adrenaline experience, as all the scenery is built on a sandy surface and is not connected by asphalt roads.
The tour can be either guided or on your own. The ticket can be purchased at the main entrance, where Youssef is willing, who knows exactly where to find and which films come from. He also likes to show shots of films he played as a comparator. In the main building, you can see Ferrari's film models, the backdrop of various Egyptian and medieval films, but the biggest draw is Ben Hur's ship deck.
The more interesting part of the study, however, are the individual scenery, standing within walking distance of the main building. Especially amazing is the backdrop of the apparently medieval castle, which hides several courtyards in various historical styles. This is where the scenes were shot, for example, from the Game of Thrones, the Kingdom of Heaven and recently also from the Vikings series. The whole castle is built on scaffolding and is completely passable. Photographers will surely be pleased with its absolute symmetry and perfect orientation towards light
GPS: (Ouarzazate) 30°56'07.7"N 6°56'08.1"W
Text and photos: Barbara Nováková
In relation to Morocco, everyone will surely recall, besides local colored ceramics, clay architecture, tajines (long swaths) and long caftans, the orange-colored Moroccan part of the Sahara. It is an element so typical for this country that it is almost unbelievable that desert dunes only spread to a small percentage of otherwise vast land. The largest and most famous dune is undoubtedly Erg Chebbi.
If you are going to the desert while traveling across Morocco, do not miss the relatively large provincial town of Tinghir and its annexed Palmeria on your way to Merzouga. It is actually an oasis, the last nice place to live before entering the plains leading into the desert. There are over 40,000 inhabitants in the city, most of whom are Berber ethnic. It is one of the poorest regions in the country and you will probably encounter begging children who are accustomed to regular income from the pockets of tourists while staying in the area.
Imlil is a relatively small mountain village located in the western part of the Atlas Mountains, roughly in the central part of Morocco. In fact, it is not so interesting in itself, but still welcomes thousands of visitors every year. You ask why? This is the place where alpine tourism enthusiasts go to the highest mountain in North Africa, Jebel Toubkal.
If you want to move to a quieter but equally interesting area of Marrakesh for a moment, the coastal city of Essaouira (formerly known as Mogador) is the right choice. Located on the west coast of Morocco, this pleasant city is soaked in the Atlantic Ocean and the way to it is through endless argan fields.
Ourika Valley is about 30 km from Marrakesh, literally on the high Atlas. A river of the same name flows through it, creating a narrow valley between the high mountains and a narrow valley on both banks.
Undoubtedly, Morocco is one of the most diverse countries, mainly because of its size. The nature of the landscape changes significantly with kilometers traveled, so in a few days in one country you can get from the Atlantic coast through the Atlas Mountains to the vast palms, gorges and also the desert.
Before we go together to explore other Casablanca monuments, we will introduce you to urban culture.
The sun barely rises above the horizon, and Casablanca is awake. Red taxi cabs drive in the streets lined with modern buildings. You feel an incredible amount of energy around you, which, of course, overflows with you. It just lives in Casablanca.
We travel to the north from Senegal to northwestern part of African continent. Our destination is Morocco, the country which covers around half-a-million square kilometers and where live 33 million people.
You have already had a chance to see Morocco, specifically Rabat, with us. Today, however, we dive deep into this interesting city and escape the winter that prevails with us.
In the previous article on Rabat we told you about the history and architectural heritage of this city. Today we will be interested in local culture.
When traveling from Fez, we travel across Meknen plain dubbed the Garden of Morocco. All you can think of grow here – melons, bananas, oranges, lemons, almonds, and grain.
In the second part of Fez, we take a look at the Blue Gate which is green from the other side for it is the color of Islam and blue is the color of Fez. There is a lots of vegetables, nuts, dates, and chickens around.
We spend this day in Marakesh. In the morning, we enter Agdal, gardens founded by the Berber dynasty of Almohad in the 12th century. They constructed here a network of water reservoirs and canals. This is the most advanced water reservoir in Maghreb. Thanks to this reservoir, there is a large olive tree garden around it. We approach the large reservoir filled with water. In the background, we see the High Atlas with its snow caped mountains. High palmas around us only add to this incredible place.
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