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Taroudant

Responsible Tourism AwardTaroudant can be a fascinating part of a Moroccan holiday, either by itself or as part of a more extensive trip. It is an authentic Berber market town in the heart of the Souss Valley with the best preserved town walls in Morocco and a backdrop of the High and Anti Atlas Mountains.

With few tourists, it is a great place to gain an insight into Moroccan culture and environment. Our unique Real Morocco programme is based here with interesting souks, tremendously varied local geography, a warm winter climate and an ideal location to explore further into the south of Morocco.

 

Overview

The Town

Taroudant is a market town with a predominantly Berber population, who are well known for their friendliness. Its town walls are more complete than any other town in Morocco and has souks that are reputed to be the best in the south. Taroudant offers visitors an authentic experience of everyday Moroccan life and a relaxed atmosphere for first time visitors to Morocco.

It is well placed in relation to a great variety of contrasting environments nearby (sea, mountains, oases and mountain passes), so it is an excellent base for trips in the region.

Weather

Taroudant has warm winters - from November to March it is the warmest town in Morocco - yet in summer the cool Canaries Current prevents it from being the hottest.

Location

Taroudant is positioned in the heart of southern Morocco between the High Atlas and the Anti Atlas Mountains.

The nearest international airport is Agadir but, due to modern motorways, Marrakech arrivals are also suitable for visitors to Taroudant.

Taroudant is in a great position for visitors to access:

  • Marrakech, the bustling centre of Morocco for most visitors around 3.5 hours to the north (or a longer, but highly scenic drive through the mountains);
  • Agadir, the Atlantic coastal resort (and international airport) around 1 hour's drive west;
  • Essaouira, the pretty beach, coastal medina and fishing village around 4 hours' journey north west; and
  • Skoura, the oasis town en route to the desert around 5 hours' journey east.

Accommodation

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La Maison Anglais

La Maison Anglaise

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La Maison Anglaise is a family friendly and ethically run guest house in the medina of Taroudant. It is a centre of our “Real Morocco” experience and has delightful, knowledgeable Moroccan staff, who make it an ideal place to learn about Morocco and share those experiences with other guests.

Standard Double Guide Price:

£50 per night, B&B Information

Standard double room price for indication only. Prices may vary considerably by season and room. Special offer or discount for multiple nights may apply. Prices updated periodically and can be affected by exchange rate.

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Les Terrasses de l’Atlas (Afensou)

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Les Terrasses de L'Atlas is a simple yet charming Berber guest house in little visited area with an excellent choice of outdoor activities. It is set at 800 metres overlooking the village of Afensou and blessed by lovely views, and is run by a very competent trekking guide.

Standard Double Guide Price:

£60 per night, half board Information

Standard double room price for indication only. Prices may vary considerably by season and room. Special offer or discount for multiple nights may apply. Prices updated periodically and can be affected by exchange rate.

2** Classic Information

For details of classifications see Star Rating and Guide Price above.

Palais Oumensour

Palais Oumensour

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Palais Oumensour is a well-presented and surprisingly spacious riad set in the heart of Taroudant. Tastefully decorated in muted, restful tones, it has a charming courtyard with flowering plants and mature trees and is a place to relax or a place from which to explore our “Real Morocco” programme, run from La Maison Anglaise nearby.

Standard Double Guide Price:

£50 per night, B&B Information

Standard double room price for indication only. Prices may vary considerably by season and room. Special offer or discount for multiple nights may apply. Prices updated periodically and can be affected by exchange rate.

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Villa Manderine

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Villa Manderine is two independent villas located just a short drive from the town of Taroudant. These charming tastefully decorated villas offer a peaceful retreat and are great value for money in a beautiful setting.  From 1 September 2015 rooms will be available individually as well as on a whole villa basis.

Standard Double Guide Price:

£60 per night, B&B Information

Standard double room price for indication only. Prices may vary considerably by season and room. Special offer or discount for multiple nights may apply. Prices updated periodically and can be affected by exchange rate.

3*** Boutique Information

For details of classifications see Star Rating and Guide Price above.

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Dar Zitoune

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Dar Zitoune is a luxurious, peaceful small hotel built in authentic natural materials just a few minutes drive from Taroudant. It has two pools and has rooms scattered around its beautiful gardens. Guests can experience our “Real Morocco” programme, run from La Maison Anglaise in town.

Standard Double Guide Price:

£100 per night, B&B Information

Standard double room price for indication only. Prices may vary considerably by season and room. Special offer or discount for multiple nights may apply. Prices updated periodically and can be affected by exchange rate.

4**** Chic Information

For details of classifications see Star Rating and Guide Price above.

Attractions

Holidays in Taroudant - Things to do or see

Using Taroudant as a base, a wide choice of activities is on offer within the highly acclaimed "Real Morocco" experience - the associated community projects earned us the Responsible Tourism Trophy for Social & Economic Development in 2009 - which gives a unique insight into the area’s culture, environment and wildlife with our own specialist guides, including:

  • Exploring Berber villages in the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains where you may visit various community projects that Naturally Morocco is involved with and have lunch with a family
  • Learning how the oasis is central to southern Moroccan life during a visit to palmeries on the edge of the ancient Anti Atlas Mountains
  • Enjoying cookery lessons with option to receive an e-cookbook which helps to raise funds for our community projects via donations 
  • Indulging in authentic hammam (steam baths) visits to detox and improve your skin and hair using unique Moroccan natural products; option of  massages
  • Being adorned with genuine henna tattoos (we do not advise using street tattooists e.g. in Marrakech due to the possibility of severe allergic reactions)
  • Learning about all aspects of wildlife  – including an option to visit the Souss Massa National Park, a magnet for bird watchers
  • Experiencing the local valleys and mountains on foot, mountain bike, horse or muleback
  • Visiting the Tiz n Test mountain pass, a breath-taking pass with options to trek nearby
  • Learning a little Berber, French or Arabic to improve your communication skills
  • Visiting the beaches, a craft centre and ride camels near the Souss Estuary

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