Taourirt and Tassoumaat are Ouarzazate’s first and oldest districts. Being Taourirt the only touristic one, where you actually have an amazing fortified ksar all made of mud, plus you have the unique Kasbah Taourirt now converted into a great museum, Tassoumaat still maintains its residential atmosphere.
Taourirt if without a doubt the most worth of both districts and here you can walk around and enjoy a small village with tiny little streets all build in mud. You can explore by your own or get a guide (you’ll have plenty of guides trying to take you on a tour paying a fee which is always advisable to deal first not in the end).
Taourirt kasbah in Ouarzazate
You can visited several nice places in Taourirt, mosques and even an old Jewish synagogue. In the entrance of Taourirt Ksar, you have the gorgeous Taourirt Kasbah that you pay 60 Dirhams to visit. You can also get a official guided tour which a uy takes you around the huge building and telling you all about it.
Also in front of the Taourirt Kasbah you have the interesting Cinema Museum which should not be confused by the cinema studios that exist in Ouarzazate.
Taourirt view from above the kasbah in Ouarzazate
If you also want to explore another interesting local neighborhood of Ouarzazate, you can go to Tassoumaat and discover a place where not many tourist go. You can go to the river bank, play football with the local children and wonder around its old streets. Local small market on Friday in the square called zkaia. You can stay in a very nice riad hotel in Tassoumaat called Dar Rita, visit the page of this Hotel Ouarzazate here on the website.
Tassoumaat street in Ouarzazate
Apart from exploring Tassoumaat streets you can also go and walk in the river bank, explore the little vegetable garden made by local old people, lots of flowers, sheep and palm trees. Don’t be surprised to be followed by young children that might find curious to see a foreigner in their neighborhood.
Tassoumaat river bank in Ouarzazate