Leaving behind the demanding off-road stages of their trip, our three friends, Pape, Fabio and Nunzio, in their penultimate Moroccan day, went to Ait-Ben-Haddou, a historic fortified city, today a UNESCO heritage site. Once they parked their motorbikes, they faced the Ksar lanes… on foot!
(Opening photo by Alexander Cahlenstein)
The city is called Ait-Ben-Haddou (in Arabic: آيت بن حدو; in Berber: ⴰⵢⵜ ⵃⴰⴷⴷⵓ) and was founded as a fortified city, otherwise called Ksar, along the caravan route between the Sahara desert and the city of Marrakech. It is located on the side of a hill along the Ouarzazate river. The historic part of the town, the Ksar, is protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. However, the city has developed outside this area, and now only a few people live in the old centre. This is where our three friends were on Friday.
The day had not started the best way, after a night passed freezing in a room whose temperature did not exceed 10 degrees. “Luckily we hadn’t paid yet, so we negotiated the price a second time”.
But then from Ouarzazate, the trio found an entirely off-road track to reach their destination, and they took the opportunity to do more than 28 miles on the ups and downs of the oued, the dry river gullies, and gaze at those amazing landscapes.
When they arrived in Ait-Ben-Haddou, they stopped being motorcyclists for a little while, playing the role of the tourist. After taking a shower, they got into the maze of alleys of raw red bricks, on foot. With a little of curiosity and emotion, since those walls have been the background for dozens of films, from Jesus of Nazareth to Games of Thrones, through The Gladiator.
The day is about to end, time to go back to the hotel for dinner. Tomorrow our trio will return to Marrakech, their trip is approaching its end. Come on guys, we want you to drive for some miles more and to give us more pictures! (today’s ones are fine too since you haven’t sent them yet!)
Previous chapters here
Morocco 01 – Alberto’s Mal d’Afrique, when saudade crosses the ocean
Morocco 02 – Pape, Fabio and Nunzio in Morocco!
Morocco 03 – The African way of life
Morocco 04 – Following the footsteps of the real “Paris-Dakar”
Morocco 05 – Chilling in Morocco
Next chapter here
Morocco 08 – Pape, Fabio and Nunzio: what an adventure it was!