Taroudant is a charming town enclosed by fortified walls, with a traditional souk and tannery and huge character associated with its ancient origins. Taroudant was an independent town for centuries and the centre of the date growing area. The town prospered in the sixteenth century with cotton and sugar production until the bulk of this trade moved the West Indies.
People are lured to Taroudant for a few day's stay by la Gazelle d'Or and the Palais Salaam. The drive from Ouarzazate is interesting, passing through the craft town of Taliouline, crossing high plains and the enormous and ruined Glaoui kasbah at Tiliouine.