Tag Archives: Marrakech

The Koutoubia Mosque

The Koutoubia mosque was built in the 12th century under the Caliph Yaqub al-Mansur to be the crowning glory of his North African based empire, it is indeed today still the largest mosque to be found in Marrakech today. The … Continue reading

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Marrakech Moon

The wonderful quality of light in Marrakech is famous, but don’t overlook the pleasure of sitting out under the Marrakech Moon. The image here is the first moon after the holy month of ramadan 2011. Our Riads in Marrakech provide … Continue reading

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Charly’s Cabana

Charly’s Cabana is solid an dependable establishment located in the Marrakech new town of Guiliez at the Junction between Avenue Mohammed V and Boulevard Zerktouni.   Ask a taxi driver to take you to the the Renaissance hotel which is … Continue reading

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Food Stall #12 Jemma al Fnaa

As the call to prayer resonates throughout Jemaa el Fna a strange process starts to take place throughout the square, strange rectangular market stalls appear to pop up from nowhere in the centre of the square and within a few … Continue reading

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Supporting Local people.

Here at Riads Cinnamon and Papillon we buy as much as possible of our food from local suppliers. We shop daily visiting our regular stall and shop owners. Their personal relationships directly back to the farmer mean that we know … Continue reading

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Saadian Tombs

The Saadian tombs in Marrakech’s medina are the resting place of the former royal dynasty of Morocco, built in the 16th century by Sultan Ahmad al-Mansur they were lost for many years only to be rediscovered by archaeologists in 1917. Since then … Continue reading

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Online store benefits Moroccan good causes

Before you travel to Marrakech check out our new online store! When you make purchases in the store Amazon pay an introduction fee of at least five percent.  Marrakech Riad donate all these commissions to Moroccan charities and development projects particularly … Continue reading

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Islamic Art in Marrakech

Due to scruples contained within Islamic texts it is forbidden to depict living creatures such as humans or animals. This has not however stopped the Islamic world from developing its own very distinctive and beautiful forms of art, indeed many of the … Continue reading

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Le Studio Restaurant

The hottest restaurant recommendation in Marrakech. Packed with expats but rarely visited by tourists. Reservation is essential Tuesday to Saturday, on Sunday and Monday le Studio is closed. Established in 2011 in the heart of the up and coming new … Continue reading

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Ben Youssef Madrassa

For a window into Islamic culture in the Mahgreb and the religious institutions that greatly influenced its development. One can do a lot worse than to visit the Ben Youssef Madrassa. Originally founded during the 14th Century during the Marinid Period … Continue reading

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Kouba Baroudiyine, the Almoravid koubba, a hidden gem in Central Marrakech

The oldest building in Marrakech is the Kouba Baroudiyine, the washrooms from the original Mosque built by, and named after Ben Yussef the second King of the Almoravid dynasty. Sadly this is the only remaining example of the highly decorated … Continue reading

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Donkey and cart

The donkey and cart is a common sight in the medina of Marrakech where the streets are too narrow for truck and vans. These docile and dependable creatures, known as ‘brill’ in arabic are essential to everyday life. A Riad … Continue reading

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Footwear suitable for Marrakech

We adore Marrakech, the old town has beautiful Boutique hotels, a host of restaurants and so many stylish shops that it is sometimes easy to forget that Morocco is a developing country. When packing for Marrakech it is important to choose … Continue reading

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Train journey from London to Marrakech, Morocco, the man in seat 61

Travel from London to your luxury Riad in Marrakech, Morocco could not be easier. There are now flights from all four London airports, Heathrow (BMI) Luton (Ryanair) Gatwick (BA, Easyjet, Thomson) and Stansted (Ryanair). If you have time and really … Continue reading

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Greengrocer on the Rue Mouassine, Medina Marrakech

Fresh vegetables are a staple food in Marrakech.  It is common to see farmers selling produce in the narrow streets of the medina, there are also specialist greengrocers like this one on the Rue Mouassine on the way to the … Continue reading

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