The road to Gara de Medouar, Spectre’s headquarters in the James Bond film

Nicknamed the “Portuguese Prison”, Gara Medouar is an erosion cirque located in the Errachidia Province of Morocco in the region of Dra-Tafilalt. This hill was used in the James Bond film Spectre.

Gara de Medouar

Is the road to Gara Medouar paved?

Tucked away in the Moroccan desert near the city of Erfoud, the road to Gara Medouar, literally “the round mountain”, is totally unpaved. A high clearance vehicle is recommended. This erosion cirque, where one can find etrilobites and anmmonites, stands tall at an impressive 858m elevation and was historically used to hold African slaves being sold to Portugal, hence its nickname. Inside the circle are smaller mountains, trees and rough cliffs.

How long is the road to Gara Medouar?

Located in the eastern central part of the country, the road to the eroded remains of a large limestone massif, also known as Jebel Mudawwar, Gara Mdouar or Mdoura, is 3.2 km (1.98 miles) long, starting at the paved N12 road.

What movies are in Gara Medouar?

The place around this horseshoe-shaped geological formation is really amazing, and because of that, many films and TV commercials were produced here. It was the setting for the headquarters of Spectre in the James Bond film Spectre (2015). It has been used in other films as well, including The Mummy (1999), The Mummy Returns (2000), The Forgiven (2021), Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010) or The Secret of the Sahara (1998). KTM 790 Adventure, Yamaha XT700 Tenere and Land Rover Defender TV spots were filmed here.
Pic: Marc Röhlig