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'''Taroudannt''' (also spelled "Taroudant") is a market town in Southern Morocco about 45 miles inland from [[Agadir]].
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'''Taroudannt''' (also spelled "Taroudant") is a market town in [[Southern Morocco|Southern]] [[Morocco]] about 45 miles inland from [[Agadir]].
  
 
==Get in==
 
==Get in==
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===By bus===
 
===By bus===
  
There are a few (3?) buses a day from Agadir to Taroudant (Note: buses from Marrakech advertised to be going to El Jadida goto Agadir really, you will need to change there). The bus may drop you off quite a way from the town centre, so be prepared to walk or use a petite taxi.  
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CMT runs a bus each day from Agadir to Taroudant leaving Agadir at 9.00 and arriving about 10.30. The bus goes on to Ouazazate so the return bus is at 19.30(Note: buses from [[Marrakech]] advertised to be going to [[El Jadida]] goto Agadir really, you will need to change there). The bus may drop you off quite a way from the town centre, so be prepared to walk or use a petite taxi.  
  
 
===By taxi===
 
===By taxi===
  
Grand taxis freqeuntly go in and out of Tardount from [[Agadir]].  It takes about an hour and 15 minutes one way from Agadir to Taroudant.  There are also grand taxis that go between [[Marrakech]] and Taroudant, however, you may have to wait a while for the taxi to fill as not that many people travel directly between the two cities via grand taxi.
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Grand taxis frequently go in and out of Taradount from Agadir and Inezgane.  It takes about an hour and 15 minutes one way from Agadir to Taroudant.  There are also grand taxis that go between [[Marrakech]] and Taroudant, however, you may have to wait a while for the taxi to fill as not that many people travel directly between the two cities via grand taxi.
  
 
==Get around==
 
==Get around==
  
Taroudant is a medium sized town. Petite taxis are available (they run on a flat rate, so no meter), as usual, to get you around. Petite taxis line up at the bus/grand taxi station, city centre, and can also be flagged down pretty easily.  It takes about an hour to walk across the whole of the town centre.
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Taroudant is a medium sized town. Petite taxis are available (they run on a flat rateof 7Dh so no meter), as usual, to get you around. Petite taxis line up at the bus/grand taxi station, city centre, and can also be flagged down pretty easily.  It takes about an hour to walk across the whole of the town centre.
  
 
==See==
 
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A colony of white storks lives in a group of trees near the eastern gate of the town.
 
A colony of white storks lives in a group of trees near the eastern gate of the town.
 
 
[[Image:Taroudannt gun law.jpg|thumb|300px|Taroudannt gun law]]
 
[[Image:Taroudannt gun law.jpg|thumb|300px|Taroudannt gun law]]
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There are also many pigeons, some of which nest in the square holes in the town walls. These holes were made deliberately in order to encourage nesting and thereby provide the town with a source of food in times of siege. Shooting pigeons is a popular sport, with the shooting season ending in mid-August.
 
[[Image:Pigeons in Taroudannt wall.JPG|thumb|250px|Taroudannt pigeons]]
 
[[Image:Pigeons in Taroudannt wall.JPG|thumb|250px|Taroudannt pigeons]]
 
There are also many pigeons, some of which nest in the square holes in the town walls. These holes were made deliberately in order to encourage nesting and thereby provide the town with a source of food in times of siege. Shooting pigeons is a popular sport, with the shooting season ending in mid-August.
 
  
 
Visit '''Hotel Salam''' once a royal palace and its exquisite garden.
 
Visit '''Hotel Salam''' once a royal palace and its exquisite garden.
  
For local crafts ask for '''Aladin Treasures''' shop and museum. It is well worth a visit.
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For local crafts ask for '''Aladin Treasures''' shop and museum. It is well worth a visit
  
advise against the Tannery (you'll see one eventually, whether you want to or not ;P)
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The tannery is just outside the walls from Bab Taghout. Unlike Fes you can get up close and personal but it is less colourful and lacks the dye vats. High quality leather goods are sold through the cooperative there.
  
Mainly residential Madina, small market district near town centre, heavily rubbish strewn. Take care of motorbikes.
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There are two main souks. The "Arab" Souk between Place Assaeg and Place Tamoklate which has the butchers and fishmongers but also the jewellers, Tailors and leather goods together with stalls selling musical instruments and Antiques; and the "Berber Souk" selling vegetables, fruits, household wares and ready-made clothing and some excellent basketware and Handicraft stalls to the rear.
  
 
==Do==
 
==Do==
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Take a caleche ride round the walls and through town. This is particularly good after dusk when the driver may light candles to see and the fountains are lit and working.
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Visit the new sculpture park.
  
 
==Buy==
 
==Buy==
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Handicrafts are cheaper here than Marrakesh or Essaouira. Buy jewellry, babouches , leather goods and pottery, although there is no pottery in the town. Chillied olives and preserved lemons are a good buy.
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A speciality of the town are the stonecarvers in limestone and marble.
  
 
==Eat==
 
==Eat==
 
Restaurant Riad Maryam- not the cheapest, but fantastic quality (it apparerntly appears in French food magazines).
 
Restaurant Riad Maryam- not the cheapest, but fantastic quality (it apparerntly appears in French food magazines).
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Hotel Roudani on Place Assareg does 3 course lunches for 55Dh whilst you watch the square life of musicians, snakecharmers and storytellers from your seat.
  
 
==Drink==
 
==Drink==
  
Orange juice from street vendors.
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Orange juice from street vendors in Place Tamoklate.
 
[[Image:Orange stalls in Taroudannt.JPG|thumb|250px|Orange stalls]]
 
[[Image:Orange stalls in Taroudannt.JPG|thumb|250px|Orange stalls]]
  
 
==Sleep==
 
==Sleep==
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Contrary to what you may expect, you can find the best and cheapest hotels at the very main square - Place al-Alaouyine (Place Assarag in berber).
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* <sleep name="Hotel Roudani" alt="" address="" directions="Place al-Alaouyine" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Rate is as low as 50 MAD for room with shared shower/toilet during low season" lat="" long="">The rooms are tiny, but most of them overlook the main square and the terrace is a lovely place to observe locals gathered at the square in the evening. Beware, that most rooms don't have wall sockets.</sleep>
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*<sleep name="Palais Salaam" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">The old palace has 100year old gardens and 2 swimming pools. The rooms off the banana court have a stunning setting. This grand old lady got a little run down but is now gradually being done up by the new owners.  </sleep>
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==Get out==
 
==Get out==
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If you're headed to Marrakech after visiting Taroudannt and you don't have carsickness even on a winding road, consider passing the Tizi n'Test pass in the High Atlas (2100m above sea). All the busses leaving to Marrakech from here are going towards Agadir and around the mountains. You have to catch a grand taxi to Oulad Berhil and from there another one to Marrakech, but state, that you want to go through Tizi n'Test. The journey can take quite some time, depending how long will you have to wait for the taxi to fill in Oulad Berhil and you may stop in a village on the way waiting for more passangers, but the views are magnificent and well worth it. Be sure to start in the morning (there is a bus from Oulad Berhil to Marrakech leaving at 6PM, but since you wouldn't see much of the way, it doesn't pay). Self drive the journey over Tizin'Testto Marrakesh takes 41/2 - 5 hours; by motorway 3 hours.
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For a day out visit Tiote  ot Taliouine
  
 
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Revision as of 06:10, 24 June 2012

Road sign

Taroudannt (also spelled "Taroudant") is a market town in Southern Morocco about 45 miles inland from Agadir.

Contents

Get in

By bus

CMT runs a bus each day from Agadir to Taroudant leaving Agadir at 9.00 and arriving about 10.30. The bus goes on to Ouazazate so the return bus is at 19.30(Note: buses from Marrakech advertised to be going to El Jadida goto Agadir really, you will need to change there). The bus may drop you off quite a way from the town centre, so be prepared to walk or use a petite taxi.

By taxi

Grand taxis frequently go in and out of Taradount from Agadir and Inezgane. It takes about an hour and 15 minutes one way from Agadir to Taroudant. There are also grand taxis that go between Marrakech and Taroudant, however, you may have to wait a while for the taxi to fill as not that many people travel directly between the two cities via grand taxi.

Get around

Taroudant is a medium sized town. Petite taxis are available (they run on a flat rateof 7Dh so no meter), as usual, to get you around. Petite taxis line up at the bus/grand taxi station, city centre, and can also be flagged down pretty easily. It takes about an hour to walk across the whole of the town centre.

See

Roosting storks

A colony of white storks lives in a group of trees near the eastern gate of the town.

Taroudannt gun law

There are also many pigeons, some of which nest in the square holes in the town walls. These holes were made deliberately in order to encourage nesting and thereby provide the town with a source of food in times of siege. Shooting pigeons is a popular sport, with the shooting season ending in mid-August.

Taroudannt pigeons

Visit Hotel Salam once a royal palace and its exquisite garden.

For local crafts ask for Aladin Treasures shop and museum. It is well worth a visit

The tannery is just outside the walls from Bab Taghout. Unlike Fes you can get up close and personal but it is less colourful and lacks the dye vats. High quality leather goods are sold through the cooperative there.

There are two main souks. The "Arab" Souk between Place Assaeg and Place Tamoklate which has the butchers and fishmongers but also the jewellers, Tailors and leather goods together with stalls selling musical instruments and Antiques; and the "Berber Souk" selling vegetables, fruits, household wares and ready-made clothing and some excellent basketware and Handicraft stalls to the rear.

Do

Take a caleche ride round the walls and through town. This is particularly good after dusk when the driver may light candles to see and the fountains are lit and working. Visit the new sculpture park.

Buy

Handicrafts are cheaper here than Marrakesh or Essaouira. Buy jewellry, babouches , leather goods and pottery, although there is no pottery in the town. Chillied olives and preserved lemons are a good buy. A speciality of the town are the stonecarvers in limestone and marble.

Eat

Restaurant Riad Maryam- not the cheapest, but fantastic quality (it apparerntly appears in French food magazines). Hotel Roudani on Place Assareg does 3 course lunches for 55Dh whilst you watch the square life of musicians, snakecharmers and storytellers from your seat.

Drink

Orange juice from street vendors in Place Tamoklate.

Orange stalls

Sleep

Contrary to what you may expect, you can find the best and cheapest hotels at the very main square - Place al-Alaouyine (Place Assarag in berber).

  • Hotel Roudani, (Place al-Alaouyine). The rooms are tiny, but most of them overlook the main square and the terrace is a lovely place to observe locals gathered at the square in the evening. Beware, that most rooms don't have wall sockets. Rate is as low as 50 MAD for room with shared shower/toilet during low season.
  • Palais Salaam. The old palace has 100year old gardens and 2 swimming pools. The rooms off the banana court have a stunning setting. This grand old lady got a little run down but is now gradually being done up by the new owners.


Get out

If you're headed to Marrakech after visiting Taroudannt and you don't have carsickness even on a winding road, consider passing the Tizi n'Test pass in the High Atlas (2100m above sea). All the busses leaving to Marrakech from here are going towards Agadir and around the mountains. You have to catch a grand taxi to Oulad Berhil and from there another one to Marrakech, but state, that you want to go through Tizi n'Test. The journey can take quite some time, depending how long will you have to wait for the taxi to fill in Oulad Berhil and you may stop in a village on the way waiting for more passangers, but the views are magnificent and well worth it. Be sure to start in the morning (there is a bus from Oulad Berhil to Marrakech leaving at 6PM, but since you wouldn't see much of the way, it doesn't pay). Self drive the journey over Tizin'Testto Marrakesh takes 41/2 - 5 hours; by motorway 3 hours. For a day out visit Tiote ot Taliouine

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