The city of Ouarzazate lies in the southern part of Morocco. Its name is derived from a Berber phrase meaning without noise or without confusion. It was traditionally the small crossing point for African traders moving towards the northern cities of Morocco as well as Europe. During the French regime it was developed and expanded as a garrison town and administrative center as well as a custom post. Today the city is often the favorite stop for Moroccan tour companies on their way to the Sahara Desert. Most of them stop over to stock up provisions for their further journey to the great deserts.
Ouarzazate is a quieter destination than other cities of its size, but it is not without its attractions. Near Ouarzazate, the historic and picturesque citadel of Ait Benhaddou is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is featured in many a blockbuster film or TV show, including Game of Thrones. So prevalent is the entertainment industry in Ouarzazate, in fact, that it has been dubbed “Ouallywood!”