The best way to discover the city of Tata
Journey from Agadir: 4 hours 20 mins / 285 km
Tata (GPS point: 29.743993, -7.972813) is an essential stopover for your tours in Jbel Bani. First, its oasis belt makes Tata one of Morocco’s most exotic tourist destinations. Indeed, the city is the perfect mix between palm groves, mineral landscapes of Jbel Bani , oasis architecture and the first dunes of the desert.
This city is also recognized for its remarkable historical heritage ( built heritage and rock engravings ) testifying to the importance of this pre-Saharan territory for millennia. And finally, you will be able to discover its artisanal wealth around weaving, pottery and jewelry.
The city of Tata is famous for its many fortified villages (ksours) and traditional adobe constructions enclosed in their palm groves (Indfiane and Agadir Lehna), the result of an architectural technique typical of oases.
Rammed earth ramparts, watchtowers, narrow or covered passages, courtyards give these strongholds all their charm. Colossal restoration work today allows visitors to discover these monuments weakened by time.
How to get there:
Tata is located about 280 kilometers southeast of Agadir, 200 kilometers south of Taroudant and east of Tafraout. Several possibilities are available to you to get to the oasis of Tata from Agadir, Taroudant, Taliouine or Tafraout.
By car from Agadir, there are several options to reach Tata:
Option 1: From Agadir, just head in the direction of Taroudant then turn right at point 30.503780, -8.799920 to take the R109 towards Igherm to arrive in Tata. It is the fastest route (4 hours 25 mins journey).
Option 2: From Agadir, it will suffice to take the N10 and merge onto the R105 towards Biougra – Ait Baha. Before Tafraoute, turn left on the R106 at point: 29.741866, -8.832091 then merge onto the R109 at point: 29.850081, -8.530020. It will take an hour longer than the previous route.
From Akka or Foum Zguid, you can go to the taxi stand and ask for the one going to Tata. The prices are also very reasonable. Several bus lines also serve Tata from Rabat, Casablanca, Marrakech, Agadir and provide a regular connection to the oasis.
You will be spoiled for choice in the Municipality of Tata to visit cooperatives (dates, henna, pottery, basketwork, weaving, rugs) and even taste sumptuous regional dishes.
The oases surrounding the city of Tata are located in a desert environment and the climate is continental Saharan. Precipitation is low and temperatures are highly variable: they can sometimes exceed 45 ° C in summer but drop below 10 ° C in winter.
Sometimes the “chergui” blows, a very hot trade wind coming in from the desert. In this case, temperatures can exceed 50 ° C. So avoid the summer months if you don’t like the heat.