Travel to Taroudant – Walled City of the South
With its majestic gold, pink, and orange tinted circuit of high walls, Taroudant, half fortress and half oasis, is a destination for people who like to explore ancient and traditional sites.
Taroudant is a town of great charm thanks to its ruddy, clay houses, minarets and groves of oranges and pomegranates. The walls, the Souks, and the stark backdrop of the High Atlas are the town’s main attractions. Taroudant souks offer travellers a rich diversity of local craft which is of an upstanding quality.
Located 80 kilometres east of Agadir, at the heart of the Souss Valley and formerly on caravan routes towards the Sahara Desert, Taroudant is famous for its city wall, much of which has been preserved and which is widely believed to date from the Saadian period (early 16th century). Taroudant is also known for its local crafts such as jewelry and carpets.
In its history, Taroudant experienced a succession of troubled episodes that reflect a quasi-permanent struggle between the tribes and the makhzen (the State). Taroudant was established under the Saadi Dynasty and knew its golden age under the reign of Mohammed ash-Sheik, who constructed the city walls and built the great mosque and its beautiful minaret in 1528.
Visit the magnificent Glaoui Kasbah at Taliouine (50 miles); through the Anti Atlas Mountains to the oasis town of Tata; fantastic surf beaches at Sidi Moussa; the nearby walled town of Tiznit; the natural wonders of Tafraout and the spectacular passes in the High Atlas are all within reach of Taroudant.
Taroudant has no shortage of restaurants and coffee shops to while away some time in.
Grand taxis to Taroudant are widely available from Agadir. Alternatively hire a car or join an organised tour.
- Circumnavigate the city walls for a real perspective of life in the city.