This iconic way station at the end of the Sahara desert guarding the entrance to Morocco just beyond the Middle Atlas Mountains. Desert nomads used the city as a refueling station and trading hub. Protection was given in return for taxes levied on the caravans traveling back and forth with their goods. The site was made famous by the film Gladiator in the early 2000’s. From here good were traded over the Atlas mountains and into Marrakesh and throughout Europe. If you want to go my friend and tour guide Youssef offers awesome tours there and all over the best cities of Morocco.