Once through the city gate, we run our hands over red walls, feeling the compacted earth beneath. Every path seems to lead up, to a lookout with a jaw-dropping view into the distance. Beyond the main path we catch fleeting glimpses of daily life – a bunch of alfalfa for a horse; the foundations of a house being built.
Aït Benhaddou is a fortified city of earthen clay sitting on an age-old caravan route between Marrakech and the Sahara. Strolling through here can sometimes feel like being on a movie set, and indeed producers have used this UNESCO World Heritage site’s well preserved grounds as the setting for numerous films and TV shows.