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El Wifak Carpet Cooperative: Berber Rugs and Arabic Carpets at the Ensemble Artisanal, Marrakech

All around the world Morocco is famous for it’s carpets and many travellers land in Marrakech in search of a quality piece of authentic craftwork. But it is rare to find a carpet seller who sells quality products, at fixed … Continue reading

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Abdil’s Wood Workshop

Whilst walking around Marrakech, it is impossible not to notice how many of the doors, window shutters and wooden tables are carefully adorned with exquisite carvings or intricately painted tessellated patterns. These humble items extend far beyond their functional use: … Continue reading

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Jemaa el-Fnaa – boxing

The central square of Marrakech has played host to markets, spectacles and forms of entertainment for many hundreds of years, and in the red city today, very little has changed. For a short stroll through Jemaa el-Fnaa could lead you … Continue reading

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The Almoravid Dynasty and Moul Lksour

In the neighbourhood of Dar el Bacha there lies an ancient history of royalty, wealth and opulence of the former Almoravid Empire. About a thousand years ago, the area served a a residential and administrative sector for the princes and … Continue reading

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Moroccan dried fruits: sacred and delicious

Dried Moroccan fruits and dates in particular are not only key staples in Moroccan cuisine, they have a rich cultural and historical significance that goes back many thousands of years. As early as 6,000 BC there is evidence to suggest … Continue reading

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Souk Semmarine: The famous Souk districts of the Medina.

If you speak to anyone who has visited Marrakech, you can be sure that they will mention the red cities famous Souk District. Located in the very heart of the Medina, just north of Jemaa al-Fnaa and a five minute … Continue reading

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The Almoravid dynasty: The Almoravid Koubba

The Almoravid Koubba is the oldest building in Marrakech, constructed in 1117 it’s the only remaining example of architecture from the Almoravid Berber dynasty of which remains in the red city. In times long gone past the space that the … Continue reading

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The Majorelle Gardens: Marrakech’s botanical paradise

Just a 20 minute walk or a 5 minute taxi ride from the Marrakesh Medina are the Majorelle Gardens (Le Jardin Majorelle). The garden’s were created as a project by the French artist Jacques Majorelle between the 1920′s and 30′s … Continue reading

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Music salesmen in the square: Jemaa al-Fnaa

During your visit to Morocco you will discover Marrakech’s central square (Jemaa al-Fnaa) to be a sensory overload of sight, taste and sound whether you visit at night or at day. From the stalls selling fresh orange juice to the … Continue reading

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Amal Saha: Jemaa al Fnaa

You never truly quite know what to expect before venturing into Marrakech’s thriving central hub, Jemaa al-Fnaa. A five minute wander through this ancient space and you will witness acrobats, story tellers and magicians all competing to hold the gaze … Continue reading

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Camels: majestic beasts of Morocco

Camels have played a important role for North Africans for thousands of years. In ancient times they were crucial as a mode of transport and this tradition continues today in more rural areas of Morocco. The guardian of the Riad … Continue reading

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Royalty in the Medina: Bahia Palace

Located in the Mellah district of the Marrakech Medina along Rue Bahia Bab Mellah is Bahia Palace (Palais de la Bahia), just south of the cities central square and a five minute stroll from the Riad Dar Habiba. The Bahia … 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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The Jewish community in Marrakech

The Jewish community has a long history in Marrakech and Morocco at large, indeed the history of the community stretches back to antiquity under the Roman empire following the dissolution of the Jewish state in 70 AD with Jewish people arriving after the destruction … Continue reading

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El Badi Palace

A beautiful palace situated in the south of Marrakech’s historic medina, originally built between 1553-1578 by the Sadiaan king Ahmad al-Mansur to host guests and to act as a residence for him and his family as Marrakech was at the … Continue reading

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