Lake El Mansour


ITINERARY
DAY 1:
►After breakfast depart Ouarzazete traveling through the Middle Atlas towardsLake El Mansour.
►Lake El Mansour is an unusual find in the arid surroundings of Ouarzazate. Thisman-made lake contrasts with the stern rocks and bright blue skies. Although visible from the town, the most dramatic views of the lake are to be had from about ten kilometers further east.
►Visit the lake and then continue the road to the Royal Gulf, an upscale lakesidecommunity that offers fantastic views that match those of Lugano in Switzerland. Tour the local resort Sultana, owned by a delightful French couple, Damienne and Chrstian which is designed by a Belgium architect. Enjoy a Gastronomic lunch atSultana on the route to Skoura.
►After lunch, enjoy mountain landscapes and scenery as you head back to Ouarzazate to visit the Atlas Film Studios.
►The Atlas Film Studios studios are flanked by Holly-wood style Egyptian figures and cover 30,000 sq m of desert. David Lean filmed Lawrence of Arabiaat The Atlas Film Studios in the early 1960’s. Since then many famous directors have followed in his footsteps to exploit the magnificent scenery. International blockbusters shot here in recent years include: the French version of Cleopatra, Bertolucci’s Sheltering Sky, Scorsese’s Kundun, Gillies MacKannon’s Hideous Kinky, Ridley Scott’sGladiatorBlack Hawke Down, Oliver Stone’s Alexander The Great, Ridley Scott’sKingdom of Heaven, and Penelope Cruz’s Sahara. Most of the filming takes place in the desert in the south however you can view the Tibetan monastery featured in Scorese’s Kundan and an Egyptian temple from Cleopatra. This ends your Morocco Travel experience.

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