The name El Mellah is used to indicate the walled districts that the Jewish population inhabited in the imperial cities and some rural areas of Morocco. The Marrakech Mella was adjoined to the palace of Bahia in the south during the Saadien dynasty as further protection for its valued inhabitants who made an important contribution to the local economy.
The present day walled Mella is a Muslim district inhabited by some of the poorest inhabitants of Marrakech with the vast majority of Jews having left for Israel during the 60s; leaving no more than about 200 or so of the original Marrakech Jewish community.
The Marrakshi Mellah however, as with other Moroccan cities, remains an area seeped in history, culture and distinct characters: the Jewish synagogue; the cemetery yard; the big spice stores; the jeweler’s shops, reflecting the favored trade of the Jewish people, and the numerous balconies which distinguish the area since traditional Muslim Riads rarely have external windows.
A short distance from this area of such deep and recent history lies the beautiful surroundings of traditional riad Dar Habiba. Located parallel to an elegantly local market street 5 minutes from Jemma El Fna Square, make your stay special here, in this beautifully interesting, slightly Jewish, city.
If you are planning a trip to Morocco don’t forget to book a stay in a Riad! Our Marrakech Riads have been sensitively converted to provide a taste of traditional medina life while providing the modern comforts you would expect in a boutique hotel.
The best of Marrakech and the best of Morocco is on your doorstep in a Riad. Reserve accommodation today!
Marrakech Riads provide ideal accommodation in the warm summer months. The Riad house is a classic Medina design, all the rooms face inward to a central courtyard, the bedrooms are in shade protected from the heat of the sun, naturally cooled due to high ceilings and walls several feet thick.
Our sympathetic restoration has added yet more comforts. Air conditioning, luxurious en suite shower rooms, mini fridges so there is always a cold drink to hand. Best of all are our fantastic dipping pools, perfect for cooling off in the Marrakech summer!
We still have summer availability for the months of June, July and August 2010. Come as a couple, or rent a whole Riad and bring a group of friends or family. Marrakech Riad Papillon sleeps 11 in five well appointed rooms (2+2+2+2+3). Marrakech Riad Cinnamon sleeps 18 in five superb suites (3+3+4+4+4). Make your reservation today!