Travel to Taza – City of Calm and Serenity
Taza, one of the oldest cities of the kingdom, on the main road connecting Western Morocco to Algeria, is of great interest to travellers. The city is a speleological capital placed at the centre of a range of archaeological richness. Taza dominates, and orders the great way of invasion known as the “Corridor of Taza”, the only easy passage between the Atlantic and Oujda.
Throughout its history, Taza has known settlements for several thousands of years. It is said to have been during a long period for the Berber populations of the Atlas, a kind of citadel to protect against invasions.
Taza pre-contemporary history started with the Idrissid dynasty. Proclaimed Khalif, Idriss I subjected to their obedience the tribes who lived between Volubilis and the threshold of Taza. It was at that time, that the Ribat de Taza was founded by the Rhiatas, Meknassa and Metalssa. In 1141, the town was concquered by the Almohades under the reign of Sultan Abd-el-Moumen, the founder of the Great Mosque.
Travellers to Taza have several historical sites to visit. Among them, there is the Medina Walls built in the Medieval times under the Almohades – with a beautiful view of the surrounding valleys; the Great Mosque, “Jemaa El Kebir;” the Tour Es-Sarragine, the so-called Saracen tower, that offers a splendid view on the Middle Atlas; the Gates of Taza-Haut from where you can see the Middle Atlas and the Rif Mountains; the Ville Nouvelle; the Medersa d’Abou El-Hassan, built in 1323, which shelters, in its paved court of mosaics, a basin and two capitals made of onyx, and the Sarrasine tower in the southwest of the strengthened system.
Taza is a city where travellers can enjoy the calm and the ambience of the small town. In fact, the town is not overrun by tourists, as the larger cities in Morocco often are. Taza travellers can haggle for arts and crafts or the typical Moroccan babouches and clothing from the Medina as souvenirs. Taza is also a good starting point for exploration of the Djebel Tazzeka.
Relax at the sound of birds in the city itself or consider visiting cities in the vicinity like Fes where you can find water spring spas such as Sidi Harazem and Moulay Yaacoub.
- Relax in a calm and serene atmosphere.
- Taza has a great number of historical sites dating from the Medieval time.
- Get some typical souvenirs at one of the Medina shops.