The stone-built Glaoui kasbah at TIOUTE, 25km southeast of Taroudant, is one of the grandest in the south, and is still owned by the local caid. Profiled against the first foothills of the Anti-Atlas, it is a wonderfully romantic sight, and was used as a location in Jacques Becker’s 1954 French film Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. Equally impressive are its fabulous views over the luxuriant palmery, with the High Atlas peaks beyond. If you want to avoid sharing it with the tour groups (who arrive around lunchtime), get here early.

Just by the auberge, at the Taitmatine all-women’s argan oil producers’ cooperative, you can see argan oil being made, and of course buy some if you wish. El Aouad Ali can organize day walks in the hills above Tioute.

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