TAOURIRT, the largest town between Taza and Oujda, was the crossroads between the old north–south caravan route linking Melilla and the ancient kingdom of Sijilmassa, and the Taza corridor between Morocco and Algeria. Taourirt itself is of little interest, save for its large Sunday souk, but the peaceful Za Gorges, through which the usually running Oued Za meanders, make a good side trip. Situated about 6km southeast of Taorirt, the road to the gorges unfortunately isn’t signposted – it’s best to ask for directions at the Café Sabrin located on the town’s main roundabout.

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