First time in our lives, we had to go to quarantine due to COVID lockdown. Good news is that we had booked very good comfortable (and expensive) guesthouse just a few miles from Taroudant city centre. It was booked for three nights, however we spent there almost two weeks.
On the positive side, we had full board throughout our stay, with local chef – a young Moroccan lady. The host was French, so we got a mix of local Moroccan and French cuisine. We had a large pool in backyard, beautiful garden with turtles and peacocks, large living room and even bigger bedroom, huge bathroom, covered outdoor terrace and French wine with dinner whenever we wanted. So, although our self-isolation was expensive, we enjoyed it as a separate unexpected holiday.
Getting to Taroudant
After we left the hotel near Paradise valley, we followed directions from Google maps and got into a trouble. Although it rarely happens, Google offered us to go wrong route. After a mile or two, driving on very bad road without any pavement, we reached broken bridge but managed to pass it. However, after each next mile, the road was becoming even worse.
Finally, some local man was waiving us and after a short conversation which was not even close to English, we understood that we will not be able to reach Taroudant coming this way and had to go back to our starting point. So, we drove all way back to Agadir, then turned to the east and arrived at our guesthouse late in the afternoon – just on time to settle in and be ready for our welcome dinner.
About the city
Taroudant is completely different from Agadir or Marrakesh; there is nothing built with an aim to entertain tourists – no bars, no clubs, no McDonalds and no shopping centres. The city is a traditional Berber market town. Taroudant has a long history; for a while it even was a capital used by one of rulers during sixteen’s century.
Taroudant is located in a valley. From the city you may enjoy beautiful scenery towards High Atlas mountains, however the most impressive might be the city walls. They are seven and a half kilometres long, have many bastions and towers as well as nine gates.
The major reason we visited Taroudant was the fact that it is traditionally Moroccan city. Although things did not work out exactly as we were planning, after finishing our self-isolation, we had a quick look at city centre. Major part of it was closed for visiting; at least, we had a chance to enjoy that magical moment you would feel when entering the city through huge gates.
More or less, that was all our Taroudant experience. With our host’s kind assistance, we managed to get a permit from local authorities to allow us to move around and we decided to continue our trip to our next destination as initially planned a small town Tafraout located in Low Atlas mountains even more to the south.
The only difference – we went there well behind our initial schedule. However, it did not mater anymore as all flights from Morocco were indefinitely suspended and we had to find some place we could live on our own until getting back home; as it later appeared, we lived in Tafraout for more than two months.