The 7.5km of ramparts surrounding Taroudant are among the best-preserved rammed-earth 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 (two hours), preferably in the late afternoon; or take a bike or calèche (horse-drawn carriage) and see the walls by moonlight.

Some horses look very fit; others not so much. Don't patronise a calèche driver who doesn't look after his animals.

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Nearby Taroudant attractions

1. Place Al Alaouyine

0.27 MILES

During Moroccan holidays, Place Al Alaouyine is like Marrakesh's Djemaa El Fna in miniature, with storytellers, snake charmers, escapologists and…

2. Bab El Kasbah

0.75 MILES

Built in the 16th and 17th centuries, a string of mighty defensive towers serve as the city gates. Considered the main gate, the triple-arched Bab El…

3. Kasbah

0.87 MILES

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…

4. Palais Musée Claudio Bravo

5.85 MILES

This particular palais defies categorisation: it's a hotel, a museum and the former residence of deceased Chilean painter Claudio Bravo, who selected the…

5. Tioute Kasbah

12.54 MILES

Southwest of Taroudant, this kasbah was once used as a location for a 1954 French production of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. The stone kasbah overlooks…