Taroudannt is essentially still a market town, and the attraction for most travelers is the actual lack of attractions. Life here is not put on for show and continues on as it always has, give or take a few modern concessions. The sights listed in this guide are only sights in the eyes of a visitor; for the resident of Taroudannt they are part of everyday life, which is the beauty of the place.
Place al Alaouyine -- This large, central square is the heart of the medina and plays host to a mini Jemaa el Fna most evenings. Storytellers, musicians, and potion salesmen can be seen on the square, surrounded by crowds of mostly locals. Snake charmers are also sometimes present, offering the princely sum of 25dh to anybody brave enough to touch the often sedated or ill reptile.
Ramparts -- Taroudannt's medina is encircled by 5km (3 miles) of walls that are considered the best preserved in the country. Dating back to both the 16th and 18th centuries, these walls have seen their share of bloodshed -- all of the city's inhabitants were massacred in 1687 after opposing the rule of Moulay Ismail -- but today are popular with camera-wielding travelers who marvel at its different hues of red, pink, and gold depending on the time of day. To walk around the walls takes a pleasant 2 hours, or you can also enjoy it via calèche or bicycle.
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