Tiznit Tourism: Sights and Attractions

The twin attractions in Tiznit are the huge circuit of red pisé walls and the Medina’s weekly market. The heart of Tiznit is undoubtedly its renowned souk of Jewellers, where master silversmiths create magnificent bracelets, head dresses, necklaces, buckles and rings.

The Walls

Tiznit Walls

Tiznit has a circuit of walls extending to well over 5 kilometers, with some 29 towers and 8 gates. Most traffic in and out of the town passes through two main gates: Bab Ouled Jarrar and Bab Jdid.

It is possible to climb onto sections of the wall and enjoy a view across the Medina and the palmery. At the northern gate of Bab Targa, a former entry point for animals, you get a great view over the lush palmeraie and a natural spring used as laundry by local women.

The Medina

The sleepy medina, with its distinctive salmon red houses and blue iron doors, is a fun place to wander around.

The medina’s main square is Mechouar, once a military parade ground and now hosting a gathering of storytellers, snake charmers and traditional entertainers in the evenings. A few blocks away is the Great Mosque, which has an unusual minaret punctuated by a series of perches. The minaret is reminiscent of those found in Mali, where the perches are said to be used by the dead to climb to paradise!

Nearby is the now-dry Source Bleue, the original spring in town. It is dedicated to the local patroness, Lalla Tiznit, a prostitute who repented to become a saint after she was martyred on this spot.

The Souks

Tiznit Souks

The main souk can be best entered from the central square at Mechouar. Over to the south from there, across Avenue du 20 Aout, there is open-air market selling fresh produce and a municipal market, selling vegetables, fruits, meat and household goods.

The main attraction in Tiznit is the Jewellers’ souk, which can be found at the northern part of the main souk. The town has a reputation for its long history of silversmiths and the quarter is still active despite the loss of the town’s large number of Jewish craftsmen. The Jewellery you find here is made in Tiznit, but also brought from other Saharan regions further south.

Before buying, it’s recommended to get an idea of the prevailing prices. A good call is the Ensemble Artisanal, opposite the main poste office, which has an extensive range of local crafts. Check also the Trésor du Sud, where you can see the craftsmen at work and browse through the stock made up of hallmarked solid silver.