Road trips are the coolest ways to experience a destination, and driving the twisting route through Morocco in High Atlas country is one of the most spectacular drives in the world. The vistas are astonishing, blue skies, snow-capped mountains, and dusty brown earth. Travel into Morocco’s colossal cities and take a walk through the winding alleys and bustling souks of the medinas. Head to Merzouga and continue into the Sahara Desert on a camel, marvel at the vivid glow as the sun makes its descent on the horizon.
If you can’t travel (because of a pandemic), streaming movies and TV shows are the next best thing. Morocco’s vibrant cities, beautiful landscape and friendly people have inspired producers to shoot on location in Africa’s northern country. The town of Ouarzazate, Morocco’s gateway to the Sahara, is home to Atlas Studios, the largest (by landmass) studio in the world. These five films and one television show have interesting stories that will take you on a journey through Morocco without ever leaving your couch.
1. Gladiator (2000)
Producer Ridley Scott is no stranger to filming in Morocco and has used the country as a backdrop for several movies. Filmed on location in Ouarzazate, the Academy award-winning historical drama, Gladiator is his most iconic. It stars Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix in a story about power, jealousy, and revenge set in Roman times.
Where to Watch it? Gladiator is available on YouTube, Google Play and Amazon Prime for $2.99.
2. The Mummy Returns (2000)
This sequel to The Mummy is an action-adventure that transports you to the breathtaking landscape of the Erg Chebbi Dunes at Merzouga. In The Mummy Returns, an ancient Egyptian curse is unleashed. When an evil mummy is resurrected, supernatural armies from the Underworld battle.
Where to Watch it? The Mummy Returns is available on YouTube, Google Play and Amazon Prime for $3.99.