As an avid fan of Game of Thrones, I have always wanted to visit at least one of its filming locations so this is what I did on day 5 of our Morocco trip. It was such an adventure as we tackled the roads of the Atlas Mountains to reach the small city of Ouarzazate where “Yunkai” is situated.
But before we get into that let me just say how magnificent and fascinating the Atlas Mountain Range is since the appearance plus terrain of each mountain is quite unique and different from each other.
Our day started quite early since it takes approximately 8 hours in total (back & forth from Marrakech) to reach Ouarzazate. We were lucky enough to see the sunrise & see more of Morocco during the road trip.
Ouarzazate, despite being a small city, is home to one of the largest film studios in the world. Our first stop upon setting foot in the city is Kasbah De Taourirt. A popular destination as well since numerous movies have been filmed here like Nicole Kidman’s Queen of the Desert.
You will notice how low the ceilings are in this kasbah and the reason behind it is because the “qaid” (leader) at that time wanted his slaves to bow to him. With the low ceilings, there was no option but to bow down to get across the multiple rooms / sections of the kasbah (as per our tour guide).
On the way to lunch, we headed to one of the city’s film studios. Unfortunately we missed out on seeing the entirety of this place because you need a group comprised of at least 10 pax to get a tour of the studio which was a bummer since it looked so interesting.
The last stop for the day was the famous Ait Benhaddou. Utilized as a filming location for multiple movies & Games of Thrones, this was the main site used as “YUNKAI” in season three of #GOT (the city which Khaleesi visited & freed the slaves from their evil masters).
The tour guide mentioned that there are only less than 10 families still living in Ait Benhaddou. Most of the families moved to the new village because it has more access to electricity.