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Ouarzazate – a gateway to Morocco’s capital of film

For those who haven’t seen Game Of Thrones yet, please do. If you’re not into that particular genre, it’s no problem. This article will be relevant. Maybe not as much to those who have seen the show, but still, we’re confident that you’ll love this. Mainly because we have yet to meet someone who doesn’t love the desert.

GOT fans, you must remember the episode where the queen of dragons was taken to Qarth. She had her dragon eggs with her and she was on a quest to free the people of Qarth from the evil monarchy. That was a good moment.

Qarth, is actually not a city inhabited by warlocks and evil merchants. In reality, it’s Morocco’s prominent film studio, located in Ouarzazate. Ridley Scott’s Kingdom of Heaven in 2005 was also shot here.

On Marrakech to Fes desert tours, you’ll be taken to see the wonders of Morocco. One of them is the renowned Atlas Film Studios. You’ll gaze into the giant wall as featured on Game of Thrones, and see Qarth with your own eyes.

Foreign film and television productions have earned Morocco a whopping 33M euros last year. SarimFassi-Fihri, head of CCM ‘ CentrecinématographiqueMarocain’, regulates and promotes the film industry. Low prices and a streamlined permit system have made this location very attractive. And of course, the scenery that it offers also plays a huge role.

“I actually felt like I was on set. Seeing Qarth with my own eyes was amazing. Thanks guys!!” says Azita from Gibraltar, with her eyes radiating with joy.

Mr. Sarim says that the locations and the expertise is what makes people from abroad film in Morocco. And since Morocco is relatively close to Europe, it certainly adds a value.

South-east of Marrakech, you’ll find Ouarzazate. The former garrison town with striking Kasbahs and gorgeous mountain backdrop has been adored by directors since the early 60’s. Lawrence of Arabia was shot in Ouarzazate. David Lean chose Ouarzazate for its dramatic backdrops.

Suheil Ben Barka, a Moroccan film director and CCM director in 1986. The late king Hassan II wanted to develop the industry in Morocco. As he was a cinephile himself, with a library of films and a cinema in his palace. The latter asked Ben Barka how he could develop cinema in Morocco. Ben Barka replied with “we need an airport in Ouarzazate.”

A year later, an airport was built, with daily flights from Casablanca.

This goes to show that Morocco has been interested in film since the early days.

Tourists may stay at a hotel inside the studio when it’s available. Usually, TV crews and cast are staying there. Marrakech desert trip will take you through this gem of a studio, and you’ll stand  where film legends stood before you. See what they’ve seen, and dare we say, experience what they’ve experienced.

Finer Points for the best Jungle Safari

The starting point of the journey to the sea and the sea is the pier in the town. On the boat, you will take a ride on the azure surface to nearby islands. There you can not only enjoy the always good weather, sea and breeze, but also a delicious lunch of seafood. You will enjoy dolphins and unusual cocktails. And lovers of swimming can swim or, taking a mask and flippers, explore the underwater world of the islands.

If you do not have enough of this place to enjoy the sea and islands, then you should go on a trip to the jungle. From the airport you will be taken to this island, which is lost among the waters of the Caribbean. There you can visit the marine reserve, where the water is clean, and the marine life is almost not shy. Be careful, there are beautiful coral reefs there, but you can get hurt about them! Drinks and cocktails will help you to brighten up the time for which you will be taken to another amazing place, Mermaid Island. Soak up the sun, lying on fine, almost white sand, and when you get tired of it, try Cuban dishes.

If you have heard a lot about safari, but have not visited, then go ahead! A jeep ride through the jungle to the cave will give you a lot of fun. The Cave is a bizarre place where there is sunlight, an underground river and a lake with clean, fresh water. You can even swim in it with a mask.

Then there is a walk to sea side, and on this river you can go down by boat. And you can prefer a boat trip horses, this is your choice. But before leaving you must make a rest, which will be accompanied by lunch. For the jungle safari there are the followings also.

Want exotics?

Thenwe go for the jungle. A two-hour walk through these reserved places, where the human will has little to change, is attractive for nature lovers. Here you can (albeit from afar, not worth the risk) crocodiles, turtles, birds with unusual plumage.

  • It is impossible to imagine a city without transport, “the veins and arteries of the stone jungle”. We are constantly moving around the city in transport, which means that the probability of getting into an extreme situation greatly increases. It is even easy to become a victim of a terrorist attack, it is even easier to be a victim of an attack or theft. The media has repeatedly told about gangster attacks, disassembly of fans of football clubs and just about fights in transport.
  • The seat to the right of the driver is generally considered “the place of a suicide”, since the driver, in a frontal collision, will reflexively tear the steering wheel away from the oncoming object, unconsciously substituting the person sitting next to it.

If you see an emergency situation (even if you are not a driver, after some practice you will determine such situations very well), bend your chin to your chest (this insures your neck from whiplash due to a sharp jerk at the moment of collision), round your back, pick up your knees to the stomach, and with your forearms it is better to save your face from injury. In order not to scare passengers, do it, as if rubbing your forehead with your palms. Even if you are thrown away anywhere by the force of a blow, the grouped body will minimize the consequences of this blow.