Taroudant is a walled city. It was erected in the 16th century by the Saadians, when it was briefly made the capital of Morocco. They obviously expected a great future for the city, as the walls are 6km long: even longer than Marrakech’s.

Get a caleche round the walls to get a real taste of this magical ancient city. There are no big supermarkets or malls. Everything you need you will be able to get at the souk or the little neighbourhood stores. The weather is beautiful in autumn still very warm and pleasant. Don’t forget to visit authentic Berber villages such as Tiout, where donkeys on hire will carry you around a lush palm tree plantation, and the local restaurant will serve a delicious Tajine. If you’re not looking for luxury but a beautiful authentic ancient city with friendly people Taroudant is definitely the place to be.


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