Kasbahs are fortified tribal villages found in the highlands of central and southern Morocco. The best-known kasbahs were built by the Berbers and the Arabs, who arrived in Morocco during the seventh century.
Kasbahs were originally erected as a means of protection against marauding bands of tribal warriors. Many still retain their original function as fortresses, although others have been converted into elegant hotels that offer a unique insight into traditional Moroccan life.
The most famous kasbah in Morocco is the Glaoua kasbah, which was built by Thami El Glaoui, the powerful Pasha of Marrakesh. The Glaoua kasbah is now a popular tourist destination and offers visitors a glimpse into traditional Moroccan life.