Ryanair have announced a new Edinburgh to Marrakech route with the first flight leaving on May 4th 2010.  Initially there will be two flights a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays leaving Edinburgh at 14.50 arriving in Marrakech at 18.10 Marrakech Riad can meet you at the airport and whisk you away to one of our Boutique Riad Hotels in the heart of the ancient Medina just in perfect time for an evening meal.

Magical Marrakech is a superb destination for a holiday or City Break. With Ryanairs famous low fares and our Special Offers at Riad Papillon and Riad Cinnamon there has never been a better time to enjoy a luxury break in Marrakech from Edinburgh. Reserve your accommodation today!

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A Fondouk or Funduq also known as a Caravanserai is a mediaeval building designed as an urban hostel for commercial travellers and merchants- the Marrakshi equivalent of the coaching inn – a camel motel! Set around a generous central courtyard a typical Fondouk has a series of chambers on the ground floor traditionally used to accommodate beasts of burden with a corresponding series of lockable chamber on the first floor which doubled as storage for merchandise and sleeping quarters. Fondouks were equipped with fountains to water animals and scales to weigh the goods traded there. Often they were lavishly decorated and many specialised in attracting merchants from a particular background for example Jews, Christians or sub Saharan Africans.

There is concentration Fondouks just north of the El Baroudiyine district of Marrakech where travellers would have had easy access to trade with the Souks occupying the area to the north of Jema al Fna.

Many Fondouks fell into a sad state of disrepair after the age of the great camel caravans but most are still standing. These substantial buildings were adapted to use as workshops or subdivided into homes and all manner of living and working spaces.

Holidays in Marrakesh

In Marrakesh today there are many poorly maintained decaying Fondouks offering a glimpse of an ancient trading culture. It is encouraging to see an increasing number sympathetically restored, often with public money, finding a new lease of life as workshops or showrooms for traditional Moroccan crafts. One of Marrakech leading restaurants ‘Le Fondouk’ is occupies a beautifully adapted caravanserai just to the east of the Marrakech museum.

Marrakesh Riad

Both Riad Papillon and Riad Cinnamon are ideally located to explore Fondouks as well as the other sights and sounds of the Marrakesh Medina.

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