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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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The Koutoubia Mosque at night during Ramadan

During Ramadan, every night after the sun has set and their fast has been broken, many Muslims go to the mosque for extra prayers called Salat Atarawih. When night falls in Marrakech, many local people quickly descend on the Koutoubia … Continue reading

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The Ramparts

Commissioned by Ali Ben Yousef back in 1126, the ramparts that surround Marrakech’s old town have become the symbol of the red city. Standing at 8-10m high they once provided protection for the inhabitants of Marrakech and, until the early … Continue reading

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Koutoubia Gardens (Lalla Hassna Park)

The Koutoubia Mosque is the most visited monument in Marrakech. Standing at an impressive 77 meters tall, the mosque’s magnificent minaret tower dominates the city’s skyline providing a useful landmark to tourists and locals alike. However, perhaps one of the … Continue reading

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Festival and fantasia – Tamaslouht Musem and Tbourida

About 30 kilometres to the South of the red city of Marrakech in the direction of Lalla Takerkoust lake, a small festival takes place in memory of the saint Moulay Abdellah Ben Hussain. This festival is called the Tamaslouht Musem (festival) … Continue reading

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Culture Break

Dar Habiba or Riad Papillon will be your home for a three night culture break.  Just ten minutes walk from the drama and chaos of the Jemaa al Fnaa Square you could hardly believe the oasis of calm provided by … Continue reading

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Kui zin Marrakech

Kui zin is a simple and delightful cafe restaurant established in 2013 and currently not licensed for alcohol.  Located near the the Sidi Abdelaiz shrine in the centre of Marakech. The name is a play on words.  TheFrench cuisine meaning kitchen … Continue reading

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Orange juice stalls in the centre of Marrakech

Situated in the middle of Marrakech, the central square (Jemaa El Fnaa) truly can be described as the beating heart of the city and a day spent wandering through the groups of performers, artists and musicians can indeed be thirsty … Continue reading

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Moroccan Argan oil – a unique commodity

If, during your stay you find yourself wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of Marrakesh  for a few hours, by travelling just a few miles from the city outskirts you can not only take a pause to gather your senses but … Continue reading

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Moroccan Prayer Beads – A Humble Story

Commonly clutched in the weathered hands of the older population of Morocco, the Tasbih (pictured) is the highly significant beaded prayer string of the Muslim population. According to the Prophet, these enable all that follow the Islamic religion to pray, … Continue reading

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Easyjet London Stansted to Marrakech

Budget airline Easyjet is launching a new year round service to Marrakech from London Stansted. Flights leave on Monday Wednesday and Friday with the inaugural flight on Friady 15th February 2012.  Tickets are now on sale and there are some … Continue reading

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Orange delivery

Just minutes from our Marrakech Riads, the Jemaa al Fnaa square in Marrakech is famous for freshly squeezed orange juice. Aziz has been supplying delivering oranges to the square for many years. Ably assisted by his team- Hamid and Ibrahim … Continue reading

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Ramadan in Marrakech

The Islamic calender also has 12 months like the Gregorian, however whereas the Gregorian calendar is a solar calendar (i.e. based on the earth’s orbit of the sun) the Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar. This means that the calendar does … 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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Marrakech Museum

If you’re looking for a more historical perspective on Marrakech and Morocco or indeed just looking for a tranquil and interesting place to visit between the hustle and bustle of the markets and the souks then Marrakech Museum is what … Continue reading

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