The Medina of Ouarzazate and its charming alleys are well worth a visit. It is made up of beautiful Amazigh and Arab homes, as well as a Jewish Mellah.
Ksar Taourirt’s history is intertwined with that of Kasbah Taourirt. The Medina, built in the 17th century on the northern bank of the Oued Ouarzazate, was a true castle controlling the two roads to the east (Tafilalet) and to the south (Tafilalet) (the Draa Valley).
When you enter the Medina’s main gate, you will be definitely back to the days of the Amazigh, Arab, and Jewish communities! The Kasbah of Taourirt will be right in front of you as you enter the Medina. It is a real jewel of Amazigh art!
Don’t be surprised if we tell you that the entire ksar was built with adobe! It’s incredible how long the dried earth walls have lasted.
The Berber village, dominated by the Kasbah, peasants, servants, or farmers, is on one side of the river, while the Jewish village of craftsmen and shopkeepers is on the other. Don’t hesitate to visit the synagogue and walk through the village’s narrow streets!
You will pass by old-town houses made of earth, straw, and lime as you walk down from the village to the oasis. You will also cross a number of small bazaars that are worth a visit.
During your visit to the Medina, you will come across a one-of-a-kind site in the Drâa-Tafilalet Region.
Ksar Taourirt is undergoing restoration and enhancement work. These works are carried out by a qualified and experienced local workforce. They work with complete respect for the earthen architecture and town planning of the ksar.
Coming from all over the region, the craftsmen work tirelessly every day to restore the Medina to its former glory!