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Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou

Ait Ben Haddou, Ait Ben Haddou, Morocco
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Type: Historic Sites
Owner description: Every North African town has a kasbah, a traditional administrative building made from mud and straw. This one, nestled against the High Atlas... more » Owner description: Every North African town has a kasbah, a traditional administrative building made from mud and straw. This one, nestled against the High Atlas Mountains, is among the most impressive of its kind. « less
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London, United Kingdom
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90 reviews 90 reviews
65 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Seems straight out of a movie scene (indeed it has been for many) it's spectacular to walk through the old town of Ait Ben Haddou built a millennia ago. A guide here is essential to talk to you about the history of the world heritage site.

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australia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Amazing place for photography, full of history. UNESCO World Hertitage Site. Very colourful an incredibly beautiful in a very Rustic Way. Spectacular at sunrise and sunset.

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Whitby, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

This really is a must see on any visit to Morocco. The atmosphere and location is stunning, and you really feel like you're walking straight into history. You need reasonably sturdy shoes to walk up to the top, but it's very worth doing. Try to spend as much time as possible here. There are also a few little stalls selling... More

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Lisbon, Portugal
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37 reviews 37 reviews
6 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

Home to many movies that has been filmed here: gladiator, game of thrones, babel, etc... Excellent views, very special ambiance, strong natural elements (wind, heat, sun, cold,...it has it all). You must go there!

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New York City, New York
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

It's as cool as it looks in the pictures, and it's fun to wander around inside. We went as part of a desert tour, and the tour operator arranged a 60-min guided tour of the kasbah for us. I'd recommend that visitors skip the guided tour, and just wander around on your own for two hours. 60 mins is rushed.

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Ilhabela, SP
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26 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

Awesome! The kasbah is very beautiful! You can have a good idea about how things were in the old times. It's really a scenary, you can feel making part of a movie, in the middle of a desert, in a very dry and hot weather. Fantastic. The trip from Marrakesh is exaustive, but the route is very beautiful as well.

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Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

After traveling extensively through Morocco- Ait Ben Haddou was towards the end of our trip. We were used to being harassed as women traveling alone, so that was standard…. the sight itself was "okay". ….. nothing bad to say about it, but nothing exciting either…. There are much more worthwhile parts of Morocco to see, this was essentially a giant... More

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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

excellent views, very special ambiance, strong natural elements (wind, heat, sun, cold,...it has it all)

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Mexico City, Mexico
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32 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014 via mobile

Lovely place, very interesting with lots of history. On Our day trip here we were met by a guide who charged 20dhrms each and gave the tour in spanish, english, french and arabic which was rather impressive. He was really knowledgable and took us to many interesting places. Without a guide we would have been wondering around aimlessly.

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Coquitlam, Canada
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

The Kasbah is interesting enough to walk around and allow your imagination to fill in the blanks. Some sections are fairly well restored, while are others are eroding. If it is along your route of travel, then make a detour to visit. In spite of all the hype, definitely not worth a special trip.

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