A gentle drive through the souss plain, after a quick stop on the way to spot the famous Argan tree climbing goats, will bring us to the ancient walled city of Taroudant (mini Marrakesh). A very friendly Berber village overlooked by the high atlas mountains. Taroudant, 80km from agadir, explores the 16th century capital of Saadian Empire.
After a quick visit to Taroudant's small traditional souk and a short climb to the fortified ramparts, that reveals the true beauty of the surrounding countryside, we will drive to the Oasis and the Kasbah (fortress) of Tiout, where a very tasty lunch is waiting for us.
The Tioute oasis is built around an ancient 16th century kasbah from the Saadian period, overlooking the 7 douars that make up the oasis in a thriving and well-kept palm grove. Its current population is 3800 inhabitants. Tioute means in Berber: the dromedary bump.
It should be noted that this oasis of the Anti-Atlas, relatively extensive, was until the middle of the 19th century, partially bathed by a lake.
An arid climate followed, and this during all the 20th century which drained the lake, but made emerge a fertile ground where argan trees, date palms and carob trees blossomed quietly. Covering an area of about 1000 ha, this palm grove is thought to hold more than 20,000 palm trees.
Appropriate cultivation now yields rich land where wheat, barley, maize and a multitude of vegetables grow abundantly.
For the little story, know that the carob tree, name from the Arabic “el kharroube”, gives fruits, the carob. The seeds contained inside, regular and of the same weight, have been used since time immemorial as a standard unit for measuring the weight of gold or precious stones. A seed giving a carat. The term and meaning “carat” continues to this day.
After lunch break, it will be the right time to stroll through the palm trees on a donkey ride and around the Kasbah where the movie of Ali Baba and 40 thieves was filmed in the 50s.
The return to the hotel is scheduled around 5o'clock.
Price : 40€
- 40€ ADULT - 20€ CHILD
- Pick up Adress
- Reception of your Hotel
- Departing Times
- All day
- - Hotel Pick up and Drop off
- Air-Conditioned Transportation
- Local Guide
- Not Included
- Oasis of 3000 Palm trees
Tiout Old fortress
Town of Ali Baba and 40 Thieves
Goats on The Tree
Donkey Riding in The Oasis