Taroudannt Things to Do

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    Have a souka time!

    by crazyman2 Written Jun 8, 2012
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    Explore the souks! The colours, the smells and the sounds are great!

    Remember to avoid taking obvious photos of people unless you have their permission ---the Berbers are a little wary of cameras.
    There are several souks in the town:

    a) the marche Berber souk for carpets, clothes, filigree silver and food

    b) the Arab souk if for carpets/rugs, jewellery and leather work

    c) The Thursday and Sunday souk for local food and ceramics

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    Relax as you view the outside of the town

    by crazyman2 Written Jun 6, 2012
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    Hire a caleche (horse-drawn carriage which will hold up to 4 people) to view the city walls. The trip that we took was from our hotel, The Palais Salam in the Kasbah, first thing in the morning. Our driver took us around the external perimeter of the ancient, mostly restored, walls.
    The whole trip took about 45 minutes. With no English, our driver was unable to provide any information ----although he did understand the tip at the end.
    It was an enlightening experience as we saw the areas that many tourists miss.
    Our highlight was the donkey-cart which was having some emergency welding beside the road ---the animal was still hitched up to the cart and the welding was right next to it's hind quarters!
    Would we take this tour if we returned to the city? Yes!

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    Caleche ride to see Taroudant

    by angiebabe Updated Jan 29, 2012

    A good way to see Taroudant is to take a ride in a horse and carriage, otherwise called acaleche.

    A standard one hour tour of the ramparts and medina is usually about 60 dirham - any more than that and the driver may be trying to see if you will haggle!

    The first time I took one of these I was on my own and was okay about only myself so not too much work hopefully for the horse! The driver was friendly and happy to stop at Palais Salama while I had a walk around in there to take a few photos as had not been in there for a few years and also stopped so I could walk up onto the ramparts again - and haggle for some limestone carvings which I got up there for a bargain price - along with a good tour of the streets behind the really old parts of the ramparts.

    The second time I went on a caleche ride was mid January 2012 just before and during sunset when taking a friend and her daughter to show them Taroudant ie mini-Marrakech! and thought it would be a good and less strenuous way for them to get to see this old walled town. We were all too much work for the horse and I shouldnt have gone on the trip as a local Moroccan friend had also joined us to look after her - that meant the driver and 3 other adults plus 8 year old child were all on board for one horse - and we realised later it was an old horse! It actually collapsed at one stage onto the road when the harness became lopsided!

    There are organisations such as Spana working in Morocco since the 60s and 70s to help educate Moroccan donkey and horse owners and improve the working lives of these animals - they can be contacted if you do see any abuse or cruelty or anything in general that you are unhapppy about. In reality I just should not have added myself to the horses load nor should I have continued on when it was helped back up into the carriage harness!

    Otherwise this is still a good way to see the sights.

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    The Sunday souk

    by angiebabe Updated Jan 29, 2012

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    Taroudant has two main souks in town that are open everyday and full of excellent things as per the talents and craftsmanship that Taroudant and Morocco is well known for - leatherwork such as shoes and bags, jewellery such as silver, textiles, basketmaking and limestone carvings. ie the Berber Souk or marche Municipal on the south side of Place an-Nasr and the Arabic Souk which is also known as the grand or main souq which is east of Place Al-Alaouyine

    But on Sunday out of town the people of Taroudant and outlying areas bring all sorts of produce, livestock, household stuff to sell on a huge area just outside Bab al-Khemis across and across the bridge

    Well worth going to if you are in town then.

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    the Tanneries

    by angiebabe Written Sep 29, 2010

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    Only a small outfit but Taroudant is well known for its quality leather goods and it can be worth while to at least go see and take a few photos....they dont really compare with the ancient and very busy and photogenic sites at Fes or Marrakech but there are a few shops housed at the Tannery with quite good prices for a nice range of goods.

    A couple of shops had straight out lower prices than in the souks cool and calmly without any haggling and the last shop we visited just before the entrance he asked huge prices and then haggled down - sometimes that is tiresome if youre done with all that carry on already by then!

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    cool off at nearby Tioute with its oasis pool

    by angiebabe Updated Aug 2, 2010

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    About 36km/30-45 minutes drive away is the small village area of Tioute with its kasbah on its hill above, half of it converted into a restaurant for tour groups, and the huge oasis pool below in the shade of the oasis palm trees.

    Looked very clean - and a number of foreigners were there at the same time greatly enjoyig themselves - a great respite from the summer heat which can be really stifling heat!

    There is a bar serving cold drinks - non alcoholic only!- but a nice place to sit or roam around the flower and plant beds in the shade with a cool drink and good company away from the stresses of travelling during the hot months.

    Since been back to Tioute this April - didnt revisit the pool but did walk through the palmeraie with beautiful spring flowers everywhere, all the way up the hillslopes to the kasbah, and drove on up to the kasbah and enjoyed the views just before sunset. The restaurant closes about 5pm so was closed when we were there but was fine to enjoy views from the terrace.

    Then revisited the carpet shop - still in its place since my previous visit 7 years ago - had stayed the night in it on my first visit around Southern Morocco! - for posterity and a quiet look around but found a particularly special carpet there from a tribe famed for beautiful designs but not making them any more so drove away with another 3 lovely rugs....

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    Caleche

    by ELear Written May 2, 2009

    Get a caleche round the old walls. It's bliss. If you don't know where to go after going round the walls, just tell your driver to take you wherever he thinks. It's best to get some idea of the price (from the hotel, say) and to establish it with your driver (at so much for a couple of hours or whatever) before you set off. The hotel will summon a caleche for you if you want.

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    City Walls

    by iwys Updated Apr 12, 2007

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    Taroudannt is a walled city. Its walls were built in the sixteenth century by the Saadians, when it was briefly made the capital of Morroco. They obviously expected a great future for the city, as the walls are 6km long: even longer than Marrakech's.

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    Tannery

    by iwys Updated Apr 3, 2007

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    Taroudannt's tannery is a dirty, smelly place, just outside the city walls, where you can see men scraping bits of fat off of goat, sheep, cow and camel skin, and leather being cured in pigeons' droppings. Probably best not to visit just before lunch. The workers there are friendly though, and, of course, they have a touristy shop full of leather goods.

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    Place Assarag

    by iwys Written Oct 9, 2006

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    Place Assarag is Taroudant's main square. Most of the city's hotels and restaurants are located here. I think it must have been laid out during the French colonial era, as when you are sitting at one of its' outdoor cafes, you can almost imagine you are in France.

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    Banks, ATM Machines, And Money Exchange

    by khattabi_eg Updated Mar 3, 2006

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    There are several Banks and ATM machines in Taroudant, and almost all the credit cards are accepted by these ATM machines like Visa, Master Card, Electron, Cirrus, Maestro and Plus.
    You can draw cash with foreign debit cards and major credit cards. However, keeping some cash on you is recommended.
    The maximum amount you can withdraw from a cash machine is 4,000 dirham. That's about 400 euros(400USD). Credit cards are not widely accepted for payments, although you can use them at travel agents and many upmarket hotels, restaurants and shops. American Express and Diners Club cards are rarely accepted. If you want to exchange money, there are many agencies in taroudant where you can exchange your money into Moroccan Dirhams. These Agencies may charge a commission.

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    Taroudannt, two souqs

    by sachara Written Sep 11, 2003

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    souq Taroudannt

    In the main souq of Taroudannt you can find carpets, Berber jewellery, limestone carvings and some antiques dealers.
    In the municipality souq you can find fruits, vegetables, household goods, herbs and spices with the nice smells, you will always have in these kind of souqs.
    I liked this haberdashery stall with the many piles of colourful cotton threads.

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    Souqs of Taroudannt

    by sachara Updated Sep 11, 2003

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    Taroudannt, souq

    The souqs of Taroudannt are its main attrraction. The once quiet and tourist-free souqs become more known and are easily reached in a one day trip or excursion from Agadir.
    I visited the souqs in 2000 and 2001. They are still very enjoyable to explore with maybe only a few tourists.There are two souqs and both are relatively small and it's easy to find your way.

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    Ramparts of Taroudannt

    by sachara Updated Sep 11, 2003

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    Taroudannt, ramparts

    At some places there are stairs to climb the ramparts, so I did near the Bab Zougan, but it's not possible to walk on top.
    You can explore the ramparts by feet, but if you decide to go round, it's a few KMs. So you can better hire a bike (Place al Alaouyine) or take a caleche.

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    Red-mud walled town

    by sachara Updated Sep 11, 2003

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    Taroudannt, ramparts and gate

    Taroudannt is surrounded by good preserved red-mud walls. Through several gates, like the Bab Zougan, you can enter the town. The image of the town gives the impression that things haven't change in the last centuries

    In 1687 the town, as a centre of rebellion, escaped destruction by the Sultan Moulay Ismael. In 1912 Taroudannt was still a centre of sedition as the stronghold of El Hiba, the ''Blue Sultan'' , whose short revolt against the French protection ended in his bloody expulsion by the High Atlas Berbers, allied to the colonial power.

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