Traveling solo in Morocco, in the middle of August (part 4/4)
Begin of excursion to Ouarzazate
It’s 6.30 in the morning and I am waiting for the bus that will take me to Aït Benhaddou and Ouarzazate. I am getting down quickly for breakfast. The van arrived. We were a group of four Frenchmen, a Spanish couple, an Italian girl and a Greek guy (that’s me!).
Just before Ouarzazat is the fortified town of Aït Benhaddou. Cities like this are called Ksar. We arrived after four hours. We went out of the bus and the heat was unbearable. “But you are in the last city before the desert what do you expect?”. In Aït Benhaddou they still live eight families. Anyway, I walked for a while in the streets of this city and admired the scenery. This fortified city has “starred” in many movies and TV shows. From Laurence of Arabia to the Game of Thrones.
Then we left Aït Benhaddou behind us and we continue our trip to Ouarzazat. The so-called “gate of the desert”. Some kids were playing in a shadow, a girl was looking at me secretly, a salesman followed me for a while until he got bored and left… Everything was flowing calmly and slowly. Mixed feelings of a ghost town and a lot of childish smiles, that was what I was left with from Ouarzazat. After we finished the visit to Medina, it was time to return. I finished the tour by telling the driver to leave me in the Jemma el Fna square. Tomorrow I would leave for Casablanca staying one night there before the return flight to Athens. I don’t want to leave Marrakesh!
Last day to Casablanca
Casablanca was a very nice surprise to me. Everyone in the web was saying that is a city for only one night, don’t spend your time there and goes on. When I was there it was Friday and I have to say that I was a really great experience to see crowds of people going to pray to the 2nd biggest mosque of the world. Also the Atlantic ocean gave to the city a really cool and nostalgic atmosphere. I would love to spend a couple of nights there to explore it more.