Top things to do

Historic Site in Taroudant


The 7.5km of ramparts surrounding Taroudant are among the best-preserved pisé walls in Morocco. Their colour changes from golden brown to deepest red depending on the time of day. They can easily be explored on foot…
Moroccan in Taroudant

Riad Maryam

The first Taroudant riad to open as accommodation, Riad Maryam has been overtaken by other flasher options, but it is still a wonderful location for an evening meal. Multicourse menus, including soup, salad and dess…
Moroccan in Taroudant

Jnane Soussia

This recommended garden restaurant has tented seating areas set around a large swimming pool adjacent to the ramparts. The house specialities, which include mechoui (whole roast lamb) and pigeon pastilla, have to be…
Moroccan in Taroudant

Chez Nada

This 60-year-old restaurant specialises in tajines, including one with pigeon (or chicken), prunes and grilled almonds. Above the male-dominated ground-floor cafe and elegant white 1st-floor dining room, the roof te…
Fast Food in Taroudant

Big Restaurant

The American-diner ambience is a tad incongruous for Taroudant's storied medina, but look behind the burger menu to decent pizzas and well-priced Moroccan-style grills of merguez sausages, chicken and lamb. Salads a…
Notable Building in Taroudant

Bab El Kasbah

Built in the 16th and 17th centuries, a string of mighty defensive towers create the gates of the city. Considered the main gate, the triple-arched Bab el-Kasbah (also known as Bab Essalsla) is approached via an ave…
Area in Taroudant


The old kasbah quarter, originally a fortress built by Moulay Ismail, is today a poor but safe residential area, where winding lanes and low archways lead to tiny squares and dead ends. The governor’s palace, on the…
Arts & Crafts in Taroudant

Souq Berbère

Also known as the marché municipal, this souq, on the south side of Pl an-Nasr, sells carpets, jewellery, argan oil, musical instruments, lamps, leatherwork and ceramics – past the trainers and mobile phones on the …
Arts & Crafts in Taroudant

Souq Arabe

The main souq, also known as the grand souq, has antique and souvenir shops hidden in the quiet streets. The area southwest of the mosque is good for present shopping, with a small square of jewellery shops just off…
Square in Taroudant

Place Al Alaouyine

During Moroccan holidays, Place Al Alaouyine is like Marrakesh's Djemaa El Fna in miniature, with storytellers, snake charmers, escapologists and performers working the crowds.