Saturday, 5 November 2016

Morocco Popular Film Locations

Ait Benhaddou in Morocco ©Solange Hando

Clear skies, scenery and light, Morocco is a magnet for film producers and cinema fans, with locations spreading from exotic towns to Berber villages, from ocean to mountains and deserts scattered with rose gardens and ribbons of palms.

Clinging to a barren hill mirrored in a red river, Ait Benhaddou is a World Heritage site as well as a top movie location, featured in Sheltering Sky, The Mummy, Gladiator, Jewel of the Nile and many more.

Film Studios in Ouarzazate ©Solange Hando

At 1160 metres, Ouarzazate enjoys a privileged location between mountains and desert, at the meeting point of two rivers. First brought to the fore by David Lean, the studios are among the largest in the world.

Cleopatra, The Living Daylight, Babel, The Man Who Would Be King included scenes shot in Ouarzazate.

Marrakesh, Djemaa el Fna Square ©Solange Hando

At the foot of the Atlas mountains, Marrakesh guarantees an authentic atmosphere in the most exotic setting.  Gleaming palaces and bustling souks, palm groves and ramparts, it's all you expect it to be but most exciting is the Djemaa el Fna Square where the daring Bill from Mamma Mia was seen racing his bike.

The old imperial city also appeared in Brideshead Revisited, Alexander and The Man Who Knew Too Much.

Dawn in the Moroccan Desert ©Solange Hando

Drama, romance, adventure, Morocco has seen it all but in the deep south, you can still imagine Lawrence of Arabia riding into the desert, just as he did in the legendary film.


  1. Hi greetings from Zahid from Morocco, I liked your post about these places, keep writing articles. Big up :)

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