Taroudant and the Souss

Taroudant is famous for its red-brown crenellated walls. Variously called 'the grandmother of Marrakech', or 'the elder brother of Marrakech', in reality it is not much more than a half-cousin. But it does have some of the character of its more famous neighbour across the Tizi-n-Test pass, albeit on a far smaller and sleepier scale. The médina is enclosed by impressive rammed earth ramparts. Inside are two largish squares, higgledy-piggledy streets and some souks (although much of the older building has been replaced by new concrete stuff). Taroudant makes a good overnight stop on an exploration of Southern Morocco: Agadir and the coast are a short hop westwards; further afield are the pre-Saharan oases of Tata and Akka, with rock carvings close by; to the north are the western High Atlas mountains, while eastwards are routes to Ouarzazate and the Draâ, Dadès and Ziz valleys.

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