The name 'Ouarzazate' may be highly evocative of a dusty desert fort but the reality is unfortunately a little more prosaic. The once-isolated French military outpost now has an international airport and a
core of luxury hotels alongside its kasbah. Though the garrison remains, the needs of the regional administration and migrant worker remittances have since created a large town. Ouarzazate should thus be seen as a pragmatic base for exploring valleys and oases south of the High Atlas, a transit point for mountain and desert. The region is at its best in early spring when blossom is on the almond trees and snow still covers the summits of the Atlas.

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