Taza fulfils all the criteria of a sleepy provincial centre and if it weren't for the deep caves and empty trails on its doorstep, it probably wouldn't be worth stopping by. In town, climb the impressive restored fortifications up to Taza Haute, the walled medina, for panoramic views of the Rif to the north and the Middle Atlas to the south. Then head out to explore the eastern Middle Atlas, including Gouffre du Friouato (one of the most incredible open caverns in the world) and Tazekka National Park.
Taza is divided neatly in two: the ville nouvelle (also called Taza Bas, or Lower Taza), centred on Pl de l’Indépendance, and the walled medina (Taza Haute), occupying the hill 2km to the south. The unremarkable ville nouvelle is of little interest to visitors but this is where most of the accommodation is, along with the bus and train stations.