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Ouarzazate & Skoura Oasis

Ouarzazate is a Berber city south of the Atlas Mountains. It is nicknamed 'the door to the desert' and is a base for excursions across the Draa Valley and into the desert. It began as a crossing point for African traders enroute to northern Morocco and Europe. Over the years it grew to be an important garrison town and administrative centre. It has many kasbahs and fine buildings. It is also home to Atlas Studios, the largest in Morocco and many films have been shot here including 'Lawrence of Arabia', 'The Main Who Would be King', 'Gladiator' and more recently 'Salmon Fishing in the Yemen'.

Skoura Oasis is about 45 minutes drive from Ouarzazate. The oasis is fed by two seasonal rivers. It is a good place in which to relax, taking a stroll through the village and its lush palm groves. Just outside the village itself is the impressive Kasbah Amerhidil, dating back to the 17th century. There are other kasbahs near Skoura which can also be visited. Skoura's location makes it a good base from which to explore Dades Valley, Dades Gorge and Todra Gorge. 

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Flight time: Marrakech is the main international gateway. British Airways, Easy Jet, Ryan Air and Thomson have frequent direct flights from London to Marrakech. There are also direct flights to Casablanca and Fez, and a more extensive service with Royal Air Maroc to other airports within Morocco.

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