As such, Ouarzazate's location and setting are its main
highlights, as opposed to the town's charm itself, with its centre
being more functional than fascinating. Therefore, we recommend
staying in a hotel just outside the town, ideally placed for desert
tours and excursions.
The scenery around Ouarzazate is filled with valleys and gorges,
with the Draa Valley extending southwards and providing plenty of
greenery with its date palm oases that line the road to Zagora and
beyond, where the Sahara proper begins and the roads and towns run
Film buffs can indulge a guilty pleasure between the camel treks
and Bedouin cultural experiences; Ouarzazate is home to the Atlas
Film Studios, where a host of A-list movies have been made, from
Lawrence of Arabia to Gladiator. The region's dramatic scenery and
traditional Kasbah buildings do indeed lend themselves wonderfully
well to film sets, as visitors will appreciate.