(Oct 17, 2014)
Our 2nd daytrip from Marrakech is another place well known from the Game of Thrones tv series.. Ait Ben Haddou aka The Red City of Yunkai!
While Essaouira was near the sea, this fortified city is located high in the Atlas mountain area.
It was a long drive to get here but the mountain views kept me occupied during the drive..
Once we got to Ait ben Haddou, a local guide led us to the city.. Here are some of the pics.. Besides Game of thrones, Ait ben Haddou has been the filming location for several movies such as Prince of Persia and Gladiator to name a few.
The buildings in the town is made of mud and straw to help keep the inside of the building cool from the dry heat outside..
We also got to look inside one of the houses, where a few locals still reside in. The locals can speak French, so some of the other people in our group was able to converse with them while having a snack of nuts and mint tea 😀
And of course, the city had various small shops in the hopes that tourists would stop and buy..
The one item I was REALLY tempted to buy was these paintings..
I don’t know what ingredient they used, but initially the picture would start out like this..
And after placing it on top of the gas burner, like magic the painting changes color and looks like this! Various sights around the city on our climb to the top
As you can tell from the many photos I showed here, this was another one of my favorite places that we visited throughout this trip.. A must do daytrip from Marrakech!