Taroudant Travel Guide
Taroudant is located in the southern part of Morocco with a population of around 50,000. The city is surrounded by the Atlas Mountains and Anti Atlas Mountains, which are known by the locals as the “Grandmother of Marrakech.” Large palm tree and fruit orchards give the city an authentic look. The old medina has some of the most impressive red walls in Morocco, stretching for about 4.7 miles (7.5 km).
Around 1510, the Saadians made the town their capital. After they regained control of Morocco, the town remained their capital, and during that time it was able to gain a national recognition. During the French protectorate, Taroudant was neglected by the French, which it explains its lack of French architecture visible in major cities like Casablanca and Tangier.
Today, Taroudant is an important hub in the southern part of Morocco well known for its handicrafts, jewelry design, old Moroccan and Berber Architecture, Berber crafts and woodwork. And the town is one of the most visited cities in Southern Morocco. Jacques Becker’s Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves was filmed in the city’s palm grove in 1954. Weather-wise, Taroudant is excellent all year long, except maybe in the summer when it can get very hot.
What to see:
Taroudant Souks (markets) which offers various Berber handicrafts, Berber carpets, silver objects made by local artisans.
The Taroudant Big Wall, a 4.7-mile stretch with 19 bastions and old Kasbah that was converted recently into a hotel to offer some amazing views.
It includes five gates: Bab al kasbah, Bab Zorgan, Bab Targhount, Bab Oulad Bounouna and Bab El khemis. “Bab,” in Moroccan Arabic, means door. Bab al Kasbah is considered the main gate.
Riad Dar Zitoune :
Boutaria el Barrania
8 66 53 8018
Riad l'Arganier d'or:
Zaouiat Ifergane, Ait Igasse
8 28 55 02 11
Taroudant city is small enough, and the weather is nice enough year-round, that you can walk from place to place to discover the town’s majestic feel. You can also use a small taxi or bus.
CTM and other bus companies offer daily connections to Agadir, Inzeghane, Ouarzazate and Marrakech. Big Taxis also connect Taroudant with Agadir.