A Day in Taza, Morocco

caves in taza moroccoLocated in north central Morocco, Taza province is home to Jebel Tazzeka National Park, the medieval city of Taza and the largest underground cave network in North Africa, the Friouato Caves.

Taza city, the provincial capital, is a two-hour journey from Fez by road or by train. Although not one of Morocco’s most well-known tourist destinations, Taza is an interesting spot for a day trip or a weekend getaway. A quick trip is also feasible from Meknes or Nador, as both cities are about two and a half hours’ drive from Taza. Scheduled public transport isn’t available from the city to the national park or the caves, but you can hire a grand taxi or minivan to explore the region.

The majority of tourists who end up in Taza come to check out the Friouato Caves, locally known by their French name: Gouffre de Friouato. First explored in 1930 by French adventurer Norbet Casteret, the cave system is more than 150 feet deep and extends at least 3.8 km (2.4 miles) under the earth’s surface. (more…)