Welcome to Taliouine


Taliouine is the African centre of l’or rouge (red gold) – saffron, the world’s most expensive spice. Numerous shops and boutiques sell it here for about Dh35 to Dh40 per gram. The purple crocus sativus flower, from which the spice comes, grows only above 1200m. It flowers between mid-October and mid-November, when you can see locals picking the flowers around villages 12km east of Taliouine. A saffron festival takes place – around the first weekend of November – which usually incorporates nightly concerts from some of Berber music's biggest names, and massed ahouach (celebratory) dancing to the beat of bendirs (traditional hand drums).

Beware ‘counterfeit saffron’; the genuine article should stain your fingers yellow (rather than red), taste bitter (rather than sweet) and carry a spicy price tag.


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$854.43 Private & Custom Tours

Private 5 Days Sahara Desert Escape from Essaouira

Day 1: Essaouira – Agadir – Taroudant – Taliouine (D) Upon hotel pickup in Essaouira by private vehicle, make an early morning departure. Crossing the Anti-Atlas Mountains, you'll pass by argan groves and travel up the Atlantic coast through the fishing village of Taghazout before arrival in Agadir. After a panoramic city tour, continue to Taroudant, known as Little Marrakesh for its ramparts and medina. Visit the silver souk and have lunch on your own, then continue the route to Taliouine, the capital of Saffron, where you'll have dinner and stay the night. Overnight: accommodation in Taliouine Day 2: Taliouine – Taznakht – Agdez – Zagora  (B, L, D) After breakfast, set off for Taznakht, famous for its Berber carpets, then continue to Zagora via Agdez and the Draa valley where you'll find the largest palm grove oasis in Morocco. On arrival, have dinner and stay the night. Overnight: accommodation in Zagora Day 3: Zagora – Bivouac  (B, L, D) After breakfast, take a walking tour of the oasis or relax poolside at your hotel in Zagora before departing for the desert. You'll have lunch and drive south  where the road ends, then continue by 4x4 vehicle or take a camel trek to the bivouac, a temporary camp far from civilization. Spend a night in a nomadic Berbers tent at the campsite. You'll have dinner under the stars around a campfire. Overnight: campsite in nomad tent Day 4: Bivouac– Zagora – Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou – Ouarzazate (B, L, D) After breakfast depart to Ouarzazate, considered the gateway to the desert and referred to as the Moroccan Hollywood for its three film studios. You'll travel via Zagora and then through a lunar-like landscape with water sources known only to local desert dwellers. After lunch, visit the cinema museum and continue to the ksar of Ait Ben Haddou, a grouping of earthen homes declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. You may recognize it due to its role in numerous films such as Game of Thrones, Gladiator, and The Man Who Would Be King. Overnight: accommodation in Guest house Day 5: Ouarzazate – Marrakesh – Essaouira (B) After breakfast, depart Ouarzazate to Marrakesh, crossing the High Atlas Mountains via Tichka Pass at 7,414 feet (2,260 meters). Discover a Berber village before arrival in Marrakesh, with an optional lunch before a visit to Jemaa el Fna place listed world heritage by Unesco. Then continue to Essaouira, with drop-off at your hotel concluding your 5-day tour.

$447.39 Outdoor Activities

3 days Desert Tour from Essaouira to Sahara in Morocco camel trip

Program for 3 days Desert Tour from Essaouira to Sahara in Morocco camel tripDay 1: Essaouira – Taroudante – Taliouine – Taznakht – OuarzazateDeparture from Essaouira early morning with an interesting stop to enjoy the old ramparts of Taroudante city. Then, continue to Taliouine(safran city) known as the produced town for Safran, it is the heart of the saffron growing area of Morocco ”Saffron Cooperative” and carry on to Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah, the largest Kasbah in Morocco. We will stop at the famous Kasbah Ait Benhaddou, 30 kilometers from Hollywood Ouarzazate. The kasbah is one of the most intriguing red earth castles lining the ancient road of the Kasbahs, and is a UNESCO world heritage site, then continue to Ouarzazate, “the Hollywood of Africa” the town has one of the biggest studios in the world where lot of movies you might have seen, such as “Gladiator”, “Jewel of the Nile” and “The Sahara” where shotted. Check into your riad/hotel where you will be accommodate with dinner and breakfast.Day 2: Ouarzazate – Dades Gorge – Todra Gorge – Merzouga(camel ride)After breakfast in the hotel, and our travel company driver will continue trip through the “Road of the thousand Kasbahs” - the fascinating “sand castles”. We will continue in our journey to stop at Kalaat Mgouna, “The roses city” known for roses and its annual festival during the roses harvest in May, and then continue to Dades valley, and Tinghir where we will visit Todra valley. Watch the panoramic views of the old mud Berber villages overlooking the valley. Get to the Gorge and walk under the 300m high red cliff, where many Rock-climbers come to enjoy their preferred sport. Continue our trip to Erfoud and Rissani where we have lunch; afterwards, we leave for the village of Merzouga, where your camel will be awaiting you. before you mount your camel, guided by an experienced camel man, to explore within the mysterious sand-sea of the Erg-Chebbi. Here you will spend your night under the stars, or if you prefer, in a traditional Berber nomad tent.Day 3: Merzouga – Ouarzazate –MarrakechIn the morning we will ride the camels backing to Merzouga. You’ll have the breakfest and shower in your riad in Merzouga, then leave for Rissani (once Sijilmassa) – the foundation of the Alaouite dynasty, the current ruling family. With most of the woman veiled, and men hooded, this is a very traditional Moroccan town. We’ll continue driving towards Marrakech.

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2 Days Desert Trip From Agadir To Zagora

First day will start by visiting some berber village in our way while leaving Agadir  towards Zagora, via Tazenakht, Taliouine and Taroudant. Then lunch on the way to Taliouine, the capital of saffron, before arriving to Zagora for the camel ride and the night stay in the desert.        DAY 2 : ZAGORA - OUARZAZATE - AGADIR  The following day, you will depart Zagora and head to Ouarzazate via Agdz. Ouarzazate is a city in southern Morocco, also known as the "gateway to the desert". Located at the meeting of the river valleys Ouarzazate and Dades (from the High Atlas) that form the Draa downstream of their confluence. Ouarzazate is where you will see numerous kasbahs, mountains, valleys and numerous oases, as well as palm groves and villages of ocher, which are the charm of this region. After lunch in Ouarzazate, we are going to visit the Ait benHaddou Kasbah, then we are going to drive towards Agadir passing by Taroudant.  The return to Agadir is usually scheduled late in the afternoon. HIGHLIGHTSCross the high Atlas MountainsVisit The kasbah Ait-BenhaddouFree time to walk from now and thenSahara Camel trek tourOvernight desert campTour in comfortable 4x4 vehicle with A/CPrivate tour with experienced driver/guide.Optional visit of Ouarzazate film studio

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Morocco Sahara and Beyond

The winding streets of Morocco’s ancient medinas are bursting with so many colours and flavours that you’ll be planning a return visit soon after arrival. Explore the souks and streets of Marrakech and Fes, head to a luxury desert camp on an overnight 4x4 excursion, explore Atlas Mountains' villages and unwind on the coast in Essaouira. Travel is comfortable and well-paced, and our expert guide will be on hand to offer context and reveal its hidden gems. By focusing on the energy of the people, you'll discover the true treasures of Morocco.