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Why Ouarzazate?

Known as ‘the door of the desert’, Ouarzazate is located south of Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains and is home to Taourirt Kasbah, a 19th century palace with spectacular views over the local landscape. Stop and speak with almost any local in Ouarzazate and you will likely be regaled with tales of the day they were an extra in Game of Thrones or some big Hollywood blockbuster as this part of Morocco has long been a favourite film location for movie producers. With Hollywood classics and blockbusters such as Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiator and Kingdom of Heaven all being filmed on sets in Ouarzazate, be sure to check out the famous CLA Studio and Atlas Film Studio.

With the savings you’ve made on your cheap flights to Ouarzazate, Morocco, you can afford to take a guided tour of the old district of Ouarzazate, a more unique side of town seemingly unaffected by modern life. Stroll past mud brick houses and explore the ancient fortified village, still standing right in the heart of the city.


When to book cheap flights to Ouarzazate

When booking your Ouarzazate flights, it is best to avoid the summer months as the heat can be pretty oppressive. Many people tend to visit Ouarzazate in spring or autumn when temperatures make desert journeys much more comfortable. October and November are popular months - in the Drâa Valley, it’s date harvest time. In May, the Rose Festival in El Kelaa M’Gouna fills the air with sweet smelling pink Damascus roses. Need a place to stay in Ouarzazate? Check out Ryanair Rooms for  great value deals on hotels, apartments and places to stay in Ouarzazate.


What to see in Ouarzazate?

You’ll find plenty to see and do when you book cheap Ouarzazate flights. From exploring the 18th century settlement of the Ait Ben Haddou to people-watching on  Ouarzazate's Main Square, Ouarzazate offers a feast for the senses. Be sure to take an excursion out to the Dades Valley, situated between the High Atlas and the Jbel Sarhro mountains. Here you’ll find magical landscapes and winding mountain passes.


Getting around

The area around Ouarzazate’s Main Square is easily walkable as Ouarzazate is quite a relatively small town. However, when travelling to any of the attractions just outside of town such as Aït Ben Haddou, there are occasional buses but the most reliable way to get there is by using the local taxis. Prefer your own set of wheels? Before you fly to Ouarzazate, you can book a car online at Ryanair Car Hire and it will be ready and waiting for you when you arrive.


What to eat in Ouarzazate?

Foodie? You’re in for a treat. In Ouarzazate you can look forward to sampling the aromatic and exotic flavours of Morocco. Traditional dishes include tagines (thick, spicy stews cooked in clay pots) and couscous. Bon appetit!