The first day of Ramadan is anticipated around the 19th of July 2012. This is an extremely important month in the Moslem calendar when practicing Moslems do not eat or drink during the hours of daylight and offer more prayer than usual.
The main tourist attractions in Marrakech remain open during Ramadan with some slight adjustments to opening hours. The famous Souks offering a fantastic variety of merchandise to tourists also remain open and there are plenty of cafes and restaurants which are also open throughout the day catering for non muslims. After dark the streets are especially lively with a buzz that continues into the small hours.
In our Marrakech Riad hotels we ask that guests respect the time around 7.15 pm when the staff are breaking their fast. The people of Marrakech are tolerant and welcoming but it is courteous for visitors be sensitive to the importance of Ramadan. We would suggest not drinking or eating conspicuously in the the street, women should also consider dressing modestly in public avoiding low cut tops and very short skirts. There is plenty of opportunity to sunbathe on the private roof terrace of your Riad Hotel!
Pharmacists in Morocco can dispense many drugs, for example antibiotics, that would require a prescription in Europe.
The Pharmacie de la place is conveniently located overlooking the main Jemaa al Fnaa square and has exceptionally helpful staff.
There are many other chemists in both the medina and the new town. Your Riad staff will be pleased to help you locate a pharmacy.
A pleasant venue open from lunch into the evening the Terrace des Epices is located on top of the Souk Cherifa on the well known Dar El Bashah street just five minutes from Riad Papillon and Riad Cinnamon. There is usually a doorman at the entrance to the Souk to guide guests to the staircase up two floors to the terrace. Alcohol is not available.
Our luxurious Riads provide the perfect base to explore the fascinating old town Medina of Marrakech.
This restaurant is in the same ownership as the Cafe des Epices in the Rahba Kedima square.
Budget airline Easyjet operates daily scheduled flights from London Gatwick to Marrakech. As of April 2010 there were two departures each day. A morning flight departing Gatwick at 06.25 is scheduled to arrive in Marrakech at 09.05 in time to join us for breakfast at one of our fantastic Marrakech Riads. An afternoon flight departing at 15.10 is scheduled to arrive at 17.50
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The Earth Cafe is the the only western style vegetarian restaurant in Marrakech and the food is truly outstanding as well as great value for money with main dishes from 60 dirhams. The extensive menu caters also for vegans and is regularly updated featuring fresh produce from the owners organic farm near to Marrakech. The juices are also fantastic, last time we visited our group of nine tried five different seasonal juices and they were all excellent.
The Earth Cafe can be tricky to find the first time you visit. It is located to the South East of the Jemaa al Fnaa square accessed via the well know street ‘Zitoun Kedim’. Look out for signs hanging over the street advertising Earth Cafe then turn right into Derb Zawak and look up to see the Earth Cafe sign.
Reservations are not usually necessary but your Marrakech Riad staff will be happy to phone ahead for you, in any event you can be sure of a warm reception.
The railway station is a short taxi tide from the Medina. Guests staying at Marrakech Riad Papillon and Marrakech Riad Cinnamon should get a taxi to the well known Dar El Bashah taxi drop off point and our Riad staff will meet you there.
We are very proud of our newly installed Moroccan tent on the Roof Terrace at Riad Papillon. Hand made by local craftsmen it is a beautiful and romantic space especially in the evening when it can be lit by candles.
The tent will feature during the winter months and is an excellent place to eat, whether a wonderful breakfast or a delicious evening meal. Why not book a dinner in advance for the evening of your arrival?