The Atlas Film Studio is the largest film studio in North Africa and one of the largest film studios in the world. Spread over 20 hectares the studio consists mainly of desert and mountains and is located 5 km from the city of Ouarzazate. Thanks to a reliable climate and beautiful light a number of well known films such as Gladiator, Babel, The Mummy, Kingdom of Heaven, The Jewel of the Nile, The Living Daylights, Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra and Kundun have been filmed here. Game of Thrones: Season 3 was also filmed here – we couldn’t go on site so this was shot from a distance (see picture below). The people of Ouarzazate are often featured as extras in the films and create a lot of the sets on site.
Many of the sets remain in place and guided tours are available. Visiting hours from October to February are from 08h15 to 17h15 and in March to September the visiting hours are from 08h15 to 18h45. The entrance fee is 50 Dhs for adults, 35 Dhs for children (6-12 years) and free for children 5 years and under. Tickets can be purchased from the Oscar Hotel adjacent to the studio. It’s best to arrange either private transport or a group tour to The Atlas Film Studio as part of a greater tour of Ouarzazate and Ait Ben Haddou.