Taroudant means "Grandmother of Marrakech" so named as it is a scaled down, slowed down town that resembles Marrakech with its surrounding ramparts. Unlike Marrakech, Taroudant contains almost the whole city within its walls.
Taroudant is a charming town with ruddy, clay houses, minarets and groves of oranges and pomegranates, with a backdrop of the frosted High Atlas to the north and the Anti-Atlas to the south. The best way to see the town is by horse-drawn carriage especially at dusk. The city is awash with gold, pink and orange hues.
The souks are not large but they are varied; there is a strong tradition of local craft and much of the work here is of outstanding quality. Market days are on Thursdays and Sundays and Berber handicrafts and souvenirs are great buys, as the prices here are very reasonable.
Taroudant was at its height under the Saadi Dynasty, especially under the reign of Mohammed ash-Sheikh, who constructed the city walls and built the great mosque and its beautiful minaret in 1528. A sad event in the history of Taroudant was the massacre of its population by Moulay Ismail in 1687.
If you are planning a Taroudant holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:
For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!
Taroudant Tailor made suggestions
Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Taroudant.