A wonderful way to enjoy Marrakech is riding a Horse drawn carriage. Known locally by the French name ‘Caleche’ carriages are readily available on the South Side of the Jemma al Fnaa square opposite to the landmark ‘Club Med’ or within the Koutoubia Gardens public park. Note that official Caleche are regulated by the authorities, the carriages are painted a distinctive green and clearly numbered. Horses are regularly checked by vets and have small tags visible on their feet recording that they have been passed to work.

The most common and highly recommended Caleche excursion is an exterior tour of the Ramparts of the old town which takes between 45 minutes and an hour. Speak to your driver before you set off and discuss whether you want a guided tour or just a spin! Make sure at this stage that your chosen driver is able to communicate effectively and point out the sights on the way round.

A Boutique Riad hotel in the old town is the perfect base from which to explore Marrakech. At Riad Papillon and Riad Cinnamon you are guaranteed a warm Moroccan welcome.  Reserve accommodation today!

The picturesque town of Essaouira is only two hours drive from Marrakech and offers an outstanding day excursion to the coast. Under Portuguese occupation the port was fortified and the town was known as Mogador, the ramparts were used in Orson Welles 1952 film Othello.

Seagull on the beach at EssouiraStill a fishing village Essaouira retains its authenticity and charm.Strong coastal winds known in Moroccan Arabic as the ‘alizee’ are a distinctive feature of the beach which is an outstanding venue for wind surfing and other water sports. 

Boats in the harbout at Essouria, MoroccoJimi Hendrix and other 1960’s rock stars frequented the town which retains a strong musical tradition. Each year at the end of June Essaouira is the venue for the Gnaoua and world music festival. Gnaoua music, a familiar sound in the Jema al Fnaa in Marrakech has its roots in sub Saharan Africa. 

Your Ryad staff will be pleased to help you to organise a visit to Essaouira. Our suggestion would be to take a taxi for the day and return to the ryad in Marrakech after a leisurely meal in the early evening.

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