Guide to Marrakech

Gnawa musician Jemma el Fnaa

Gnaws are a group of musicians that descend from the dark-skinned slaves brotherhood from Ghana, Guinea and Mali several centuries ago. The Gnawa can be seen in Marrakesh and Essouira. Every year especially in May the town of Essaouira hosts a festival of Gnawa and world music. Here is a video about Gnawa in the […]

Morocco will reopen

If you’ve been missing those lamb tagines from Cafe Arabe, the shakes from Cafe Klock or the fried fish and chips from Mohammed Kritta’s food stand in Djemma el fnaa, well, the wait is finally over! Thanks to the ease in restrictions and the successful vaccination program in Morocco, the government decided to open up […]

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The Marrakech Souk is the perfect place for gift hunting. You can find anything  you want here, from leather shoes to magic boxes, like the one presented in the video below. Christmas is still a long way away but it’s not too late to book a city break in October or November. Get in touch […]

Mustapha Blaoui bazaar Marrakech

Mustapha Blaoui owns and runs a famous Bazaar located in the fashionable dar el basha area just a few steps from the Henna Cafe. and Riad Papillon.  Here you can buy carpets, lamps, leather and art items, mostly manufactured within the local area. It is a great place especially if you are an inexperienced haggler […]

S7 Airlines ( a Russian Airline) has announced the launch of sales for direct  flights from Moscow to Casablanca from April 30th 2021. the flights will be operated on Weekly on Sundays. The flight time is under 6 hrs. Departure from Domodedovo airport is at 12:10 p.m., arrival at Casablanca airport is at 03:20 p.m. local time. The return flight departs at 05:20 p.m. […]

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In 1721 The United Kingdom and the Kingdom of Morocco signed the treaty of peace and commerce at Teouan, in Morocco. 300 year later, the relation between the two kingdoms is stronger than ever. Morocco is an important tourist destination for visitors around the world and especially Britain. Our magical Riads are located in the […]

Marrakech International Storytelling festival

The third weekend of March 2021 sees both World Storytelling Day and the first anniversary of World Storytelling Cafe. The Worldstorytellingcafe.com project  was conceived and hosted in Marrakech, the magical Red City with a tradition of storytelling as old as the nearby Atlas Mountains. We are delighted that the next steps in this adventure lead […]

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A new shipping line between the Kingdom of Morocco and the United Kingdom will be launched in the near future. It will connect Tangier directly to Poole in southern England, and avoid the complications caused by Brexit. It will be a direct route with no stops, therefore fresh produce from Morocco will arrive in the […]

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The Tower of Koutoubia Mosque a painting by former British prime minister Sir Winston Churchill, which was owned by Angelina Jolie, has sold for £7m at auction in London. Sir Winston Churchill began painting scenes of Morocco after being encouraged to visit the country by his painting tutor, Sir John Lavery. Upon his first visit […]

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Welcome to Marrakech everyone. Here are my personal top 10 tips for your holiday: 10.  What I’m going to suggest first is this: make yourself mobile. Marrakech is actually not that small. It is a medieval wall city, but it would take you a good 40 minutes to walk across it. And there are a […]

Khatt, moroccan caligraphy

Calligraphy, known as Khatt in Arabic, is very much part of the Arab identity. On your trip to Marrakech, you will see that it is all around you: on shop signs, newspapers, books and advertising. It has become a way of communicating through art. Come and experience this in Marrakech. Our riads are the perfect […]

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The Red City, the Ochre City, The Land of God, or as we all know it Marrakech, Marrakesh, Marraquexe. This amazing, vibrant city hosts Africa’s busiest square, the Djemma el fnaa, an unesco world heritage site. But what does Marrakesh actually mean? Well, this is still under debate, some say it comes from the amazigh […]

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It’s the last day of January 2021 in Marrakech, a beautiful sunny day with highs of 25 Celsius. The streets are just starting the get busy with locals going shopping or visiting family. From time to time you see tourists. Not as many as usual, but Marrakech is open for tourists, and in our opinion, […]

During these challenging times, our team in Marrakech is focused on your health and safety that is why we have placed special measures for you. Safety features Team follows all safety protocols as directed by local authorities Shared stationery such as printed menus, magazines, pens, and paper removed Hand sanitizer in every room and key areas […]

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2020 was the year that changed our lives. Many of us are working or study from home now. These days, the only things you need are your laptop or smartphone, a good wifi connection and a quiet room! So why not let the team in Marrakech offer you the last two ones? and the great […]

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Why do we need help? The pause in tourism due to COVID 19 has been acutely felt in the medina of Marrakech. The Henna Café Soup Kitchen is a short term project but an urgent, time-sensitive one to prevent starvation and ill health especially of those most vulnerable in this wonderfully warm and resilient community. […]

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A new museum will soon open in the Heart of Marrakech. The Jemaa El Fna Museum of Tangible and Intangible Heritage in Marrakech, located on the on the edge of the famous UNESCO world heritage site, the Djemma el Fnaa square in the old bank al Maghreb headquarters. The museum will exhibit a collection of […]

We really missed you in 2020 but we hope 2021 will be better and safer for everyone. See you soon & Happy New Year!

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Three wise men followed the Star for an ITV festive special in Marrakech as Riad Star was honoured to host Gordon Ramsey, Gino D’Acampo and Fred Sirieix in, ‘Gordon, Gino & Fred: Christmas Road Trip: Three Unwise Men’. The traditional riad property is the final destination on a 6,000 culinary journey across Morocco in a […]

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Ok, so the fasten seatbelt signs is off and everyone is rushing to get off the airplane even though the doors are not open yet… you are all anxious to experience Marrakech as soon as possible. You enter terminal building and confused you steer towards passport control and think: ‘that is a long queue!’ ( […]

argan_oil

Argan oil is referred to as the “liquid gold” of Morocco because it is so rare. The delicate trees it comes from only grow in a very specific microclimate of Morocco: the Sous Valley south and east of Essaouira. The rich cosmetic oil has recently attracted great attention in the beauty industry because it is […]

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It is customary to offer fresh fruit at the end of a good meal in Marrakech. In our Riads we are proud to offer locally sourced seasonal fruit. The bowl pictured here is an Autumn Selection. When it comes to our fruit bowls, we don’t reject misshapen fruits, as we believe it is the flavour […]

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The name of this spice mix literally translates to “top of the shop” as it is made up of the best spices that each spice shop carries. One of our favorite ras al hanout shops in the medina features cloves, cardamom pods and seeds, nutmeg, cinnamon sticks, star anise, ash and cubeb berries, mace, and […]

Doris Day Marrakech

Hollywood Great Doris Day passed away in May 2019 at the age of 97. One of her best known movies, The Man Who Knew Too Much was filmed in 1956 with Marrakech as one of the main locations. Co Starring James Stewart and Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, the film included the immortal song QUE SERA […]

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Yoga Retreat Marrakech

Riad’s—traditional Moroccan homes—are the perfect destination for yoga groups. The intimate layout, the rooftop terrace, and the relaxing dipping pool of our Riad Star offer a gorgeous backdrop to any yoga retreat. Our in-house chefs are happy to prepare fresh, nourishing food for the body and mind and our live-in staff is always on hand […]

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Our new Marrakech Riad Cookbook brings our signature welcoming Moroccan hospitality and delicious, wholesome cuisine to the kitchens of home cooks everywhere. Representing a selection of favourite, home-cooked dishes regularly enjoyed by guests at our riads and taught in the Marrakech Riad cookery school, this book invites readers to relish recipes passed down through generations […]