Things to do in Taroudant
- Swimming – of course most of you will use our pool which is we believe the warmest in Taroudant in winter because of our care in its design. If you are a very keen swimmer you may want to go to the Olympic-sized municipal pool. It is located near the university on the north edge of the town (on the left on the road to the High Atlas). The fee for entry is moderate but changing facilities are very limited and it is very busy in summer.
- Running – a nice challenge is to run around the town walls (over 7 kilometres long). We suggest turning left out of our front gate and running anticlockwise. Your run be longer than the walls because the road is often some distance from the walls.
- Football – You’ll be welcomed to join in – it goes on all over the place because Moroccans are keen on football. There are a number of pitches, often rather informal, just outside the town walls
- Tennis – There are courts near the Palais Salam hotel on the south side of town near the town walls. Rackets may be hired. Reasonable prices.
- Cycling – We have 2 mountain bikes for hire (and can advise on where to get them if you want more). Please try to avoid rush hours as the roads are very busy.
MORE LEISURELY PURSUITS:
- Support of the charities in town eg our favourite charity the Moroccan Children’s Trust. If you would like to learn more or feel moved to support them please ask. We have lots of information and can arrange for visits for a group.
- A visit to the souk to see and select herbs and spices, fruits and vegetables, craft goods and natural cosmetics, herbs and spices or a visit to the large weekly market on Sunday mornings, which takes place outside town on the north side (best to go early – it starts around 6 am and finishes about 3 pm). Ignore guide books which tell you it’s on Thursdays.
- A stroll in the public gardens near the wall (for example, head towards the Palais Salam Hotel). Some areas have unpredictable opening times.
- A Visit to the Tannery on the outskirts of town. It is a smelly place, but nonetheless fascinating. It has been closed due to the pandemic, but we hope it will re-open.
- Packed lunches available for a reasonable charge. They normally comprise: Moroccan flatbreads, olives, egg, sardines or mackerel, cheese, avocado (when in season), sometimes hummus, tomatoes, lettuce, & fruit. Please ask if you have you’d like anything particular.
- On outings please carry your own drinks, sunscreen & clothing to protect you from the sun.
- Footwear – You are advised to wear supportive footwear at all times, even in the town, as the pavements can be as uneven as the ground in the countryside.
- Reading – We hope you will enjoy browsing our library, which includes a lot of specialist books about Morocco as well as plenty of fiction and various other general interest books. Please ensure that you return books to the place they came from (you’ll see labels on the shelf and on the spine of the book eg B for botany etc). Please feel free to swop any fiction book you have read for any you find that you’d like to take away. We also have a number of very special books and maps which we keep locked in the office; you are welcome to borrow these by recording what you have taken. These are for use only in the ecolodge.
Drinking and Eating Out
If you are vegetarian or vegan it is generally difficult to get interesting options in town except with us. But if you have not chosen to eat with us, try: Jnane Soussia for traditional food; their gardens are almost next door (turn left out of our main gate – the entrance is on your left as the path comes close to the town wall): varied menu in nice gardens at Complexe el Kasbah. It is 20 -25 minutes walk around the walls. If you like a more formal setting 3 km away at much higher prices Dar Zitoune, which offers alcohol and a Moroccan menu with French influence or Dar Al Hossoun which is slightly closer. We can supply transport to these places at fair prices.
Going out for a non – alcoholic drink: Atmospheric places include the cafes around the main square (Place Assarag) and street cafes (more for men). For an alcoholic drink: Atmospheric places include the gardens of the Dar Zitoune 3 kms out of town.