Marrakech offers and astonishing variety of options for the discerning visitor. Our Riad hotels are located in the heart of the old town……. the new town of Guiliz is just a short distance away
day trips to the atlas mountains or the seaside at essaouira
Staff will help you, warm moroccan welcome and concierge service, our guessts are even offered the loan of a local pay as you go mobile to stay in touch with the Riad staff
Marrakech By Air,113 Lot Yasmina, Ain Mezouar
Les Ateliers, Douar Touggana – KM7, Tasseltent
Dunes & Desert Exploration, Douar Benrahmoun, N °100 Bloc C
La Maison Arabe Cooking Workshops, 1, Derb Assehbe, Bab Doukkala Marrakech
Les Bains de Marrakech, 2 Derb Sedra, Bab Agnaou, Kasbah Marrakech
Jemaa el Fna, Central square at entrance to market Marrakech
Maison de la Photographie, 46 Rue Ahel Fes, Medina
Spa MK, 14 Derb Sebaai, Maison MK, Medina
Bahia Palace, Beyond Place des Ferblantiers
Medina of Marrakech
L’atelier Faim d’Epices
Majorelle Garden, Safi Boulevard
Les Bains de l’Alhambra, Kasba,Derb Rahala n 9
Le Bain Bleu, 32 Derb Chorfa Lakbir Marrakech 40008
Marrakech Souk, Jemaa el Fna Marrakech
Ali Ben Youssef Medersa, Just off Rue Souk el Khemis
Souk Cuisine, Zniquat Rahba, Derb Tahtah 5
Tawada trekking, Hay ezzaitoun 3, N° 105 guéliz
Easy Spa, derb Sidi Lhassen ou Ali Marrakech 41000
Koutoubia Mosque and Minaret, Avenue Mohammed V
Museum of Moroccan Arts (Dar Si Said), Derb El Bahia – Riad Zitoun el-Jedid Marrakech
Maison Tiskiwin, 8 Rue de la Bahia Marrakech
The Arabic word Riad means garden and some of the most beautiful gardens in Marrakech are to be found in the medina providing shade in traditional houses. There are also a number of public gardens which are well worth a visit.
Established in the 1920’s by French painter Jacques Majorelle and made famous as the Marrakech residence of the late Yves St Laurent. This garden is located in the New town of Guiliz and is very much a City Garden screened by high walls and very much an African garden with its splendid cacti, palms and bougainvillea. The artist’s studio is now a museum of Islamic art which also exhibits some works by Majorelle himself.
Outside the medina about a mile and a half from the Koutoubia mosque, a pleasant walk but as there is very little shade on the route it is best avoided in the heat of the day. The focal point of the garden is an immense lake with an elegant royal pavilion sitting behind it. The perfect backdrop to this tranquil scene is provided by acres of fields which have been olive groves since the twelfth century.
The ‘Jardin Agdal’ cover more than 30 acres and like the Menara gardens were laid out at the time of the twelfth century Almohad dynasty. Agdal contains a great variety of plants as well as a number of pavilions some of which are open to the public and some of which are kept for the private use of the Moroccan Royal family. The gardens are located behind the Royal Palace to the south of the Medina.
The Atlas Mountains provide a stunning backdrop to Marrakech. One of the great pleasures of the Red City is to relax on the roof terrace on a clear day enjoying views of the snow covered mountain tops. The mountains themselves are easily accessible for a day trip or excursion.
A favourite route is the Ourika valley trail either to Setti Fatma a picturesque riverside village behind which there are seven waterfalls. Further up the same route is the winter (February to April) ski resort of Oukaimeden with its 3,273 metre ski lift, at one time the highest in the world. Outside the ski season Oukaimeden is the perfect base for trekking. In the summer the pastures below Oukaimeden are used for a gathering of Berber tribes who traditionally bring their whole household including livestock returning each year to their ancestral patch of grazing on the plains.
An alternative route leads out to Ouarzazate at the confluence of the Draa and Dades valleys. Ourzazate is a base for quad and motor biking, and camel treks on into the Sahara dessert. It is also home to Atlas Studios one of the largest film studios in the world used for films from Lawrence of Arabia to The Man Who Would Be King, Cleopatra and Gladiator.
It is tempting then to follow the Draa river up through fertile palmeraies crammed with date palms, olive and almond groves. The Dades on the other hand passes between the mountains of the High Atlas to the north and the Jbel Saghro range to the south. For a very good reason this route is nicknamed the valley of a thousand Kasbahs and at the end of the valley is the stunning Todra Gorges.