Arrival and transfer from Agadir airport to Taroudant, staying at one of our houses in the heart of the ‘Jardins des Paradis’.
The gardens and rammed-earth houses of the Hossoun olive grove.
A brand new neighbourhood, built in an area of carefully preserved wilderness and chiefly consisting of Ossart & Maurières’ gardens and rammed-earth houses.
Visit to Dar Al Hossoun, Dar Igdad, L’Orange Bleue, Dar Ahbab and Dar El Nour
Evening: screening (with commentary) of Sarah Amrouni’s film Chasseurs de graines pour jardins fous (hunting out seeds for crazy gardens).
The Tiout oasis is probably the westernmost of all the oases that have survived from antiquity. Still alive today, it is a perfect demonstration of the traditional custom of sharing irrigation water and also reflects the diverse richness of sub-Saharan arable farming.
The excursion includes a guided tour led by a local farmer, with lunch under Berber canvas at the heart of the oasis, far from the tourist trail.
Evening: Screening (with commentary) of Frédéric Wilner’s film Jardin d’Eden.
Tour of Taroudant secret gardens.
The ancient city of Taroudant is entirely surrounded by mud walls. At its heart lies the medina, home to traditional Moroccan houses with interior gardens or courtyards, many of them built or restored by Ossart & Maurières. These are the riads for which Morocco is famous, and now yours to discover on this enchanting tour.
Visit to Dar Kasbah/ Dar Louisa/ Dar El Hana/ Sidi ou Sidi/ Sidi Hussein/ Les jardins de Andrew (Andrew’s garden)
Evening: Screening of Isa Genini’s film La route des cédrat.
Assads and the ‘Vallée des Cédrats’
This lush valley, tucked away in the foothills of the Anti-Atlas Mountains, has been the home of citron cultivation for some 2000 years, fed by a desert spring that provides the richly symbolic ‘etrog’ with all the water it needs.
The visit includes a tour of the village and orchards, finishing with a walk along the terraces to the spring that makes it all possible.
Evening: Surprise dinner in a private house in the Taroudant medina.
Tour of Claudio Bravo palace and gardens.
Free day or visit to Claudio Bravo’s palace and gardens (optional). Chilean painter Claudio Bravo spent his last years building an enormous Alhambra-style palace in Taroudant in which to house his collections. Tucked within its walls are beautiful interior gardens designed by Ossart & Maurières.
Lunch at Bravo Palace followed by free afternoon.
Evening: screening of Ali Baba et les 40 voleurs – a 1954 film shot in Taroudant, starring French actor and singer Fernandel.
Afensou and the upper valley of the Oued Ouaer
Taroudant stands at the foot of Jebel Awlim, which peaks at 3,400 metres above sea level. The upper valleys are home to ancient mud villages nestling in high-altitude oases – arable land interspersed with tracts of wild countryside that provide an ideal habitat for a wealth of native flora.
Trek focusing on the local flora and featuring a visit to Ossart & Maurière’s experimental mountain garden in Afra.
Departure, drive to Agadir airport.
- Accommodation in single/double bedrooms
- All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
- All scheduled excursions (travelling in chauffeur-driven car or mini-bus)
- Admission charges (where relevant)
- All film shows
- Travel to Taroudant from your original point of departure
- Alcoholic beverages
- Any travel that is not part of the schedule
- Personal insurance