After breakfast, you depart Essaouira and head south along the coast toward Agadir. Along the way the rocky Atlantic coast will be in constant view and you may even glimpse a few lighthouses. If desired, you can stop at an argan oil women’s cooperative. Argan oil is indigenous only to Morocco and is reputed for its culinary and cosmetic uses. After lunching in Agadir, you will leave the coastline and travel east through the Sous Valley to Taroudant, a small town lying in the shadows of the High Atlas Mountains.
Locals know the walled Berber market town of Taroudant as the “Grandmother of Marrakech,” due to the similarity of its ramparts and mud-red walls to those of the famous Red City. It is well known for its souks, the majority of which are located inside the city walls. Upon climbing the walls you will be greeted by a beautiful panoramic view of the city while the peaks of the High Atlas Mountains form a backdrop. The night will be spent at a nearby riad nestled among groves of almonds, olives, bananas, and oranges.