View of craft stalls at Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou near Ouarzazate in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco
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European woman visiting beautiful kasbah in Draa Valley, Morocco

Uncover the life Morocco’s rulers once lead in kasbahs


The term kasbah originally refers to Berber citadels, however, it also often alludes to the fortified historic centers found in many Moroccan cities. Having lost their defensive purpose over time, some kasbahs are now tourist sites, while others have been turned into hotels. Be sure to visit Zagora to discover their unusual second lives. Now a cooperative, Zagora’s kasbah is a real treasure trove. It houses a workshop for renovating old doors, as well as shops belonging to local artisans.

Rabat is where you can admire the sights from high towers and climb the Kasbah of the Udayas’ ramparts for unobstructed views of the Atlantic Ocean. At the Kasbah of Chefchaouen, explore gardens with massive trees and an ethnological museum offering folk art and handicrafts.

Contact our local agencies to walk in the footsteps of a Kabyle ruler for a few days. They’ll be happy to add a few nights in a kasbah to your travel plans. Located in the Atlas Mountains, some of these kasbahs have been transformed into upscale hotels, so you can enjoy a luxurious stay in an enchanting setting.

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