Guide to Marrakech

Great news for tourists. If you are fully vaccinated, you no longer need to take a PCR test before boarding for Morocco. If you are not vaccinated, then proof of a negative PCR test taken at least 72 hrs before arriving in Morocco is required. All passengers need to download, print, fill and present the […]

As Morocco reopens for tourism, more an more airlines have announced reopening of routes to the Red City. Easyjet will start from 27 March 2022 two new ones from London Gatwick and London Luton. There will be two flights each day between Gatwick and Marrakech and the Luton flight will go out Mondays and Fridays! […]


Marrakech, 9 February 2022 – Excitement is growing as more than forty storytellers from five continents gather for the first edition of the Marrakech International Storytelling Festival, from 12 to 20 February. A week-long series of events respecting and building on a tradition of storytelling that is as old as the Red City itself. Guest […]

Mike and Ollie discuss the latest update in Marrakech, following the news the borders will reopen on 7 February 2022! For more information about the World Storytelling Cafe and World Storytelling Festival – visit the website For more information about our Marrakech Riad’s, and the Henna Cafe, visit    


The Moroccan government announced its decision to resume air travel to and from Morocco starting on February 7 2022. That is excellent news and we are very excited to welcome our guests back to Marrakech. The air borders have been closed since November 2021! Even more good news, the Marrakech international storytelling festival will take […]


On January 19th the henna cafe association was honored by the presence of the Pasha of Marrakech who supported the Soup Kitchen by serving their 50,000th meal from the cafe. There were two television crews including Morocco World News at the cafe to capture the moment and help support their efforts by spreading the word […]

Moroccan traditional shoes and sandal (6)

The Babouche is a traditional slipper found throughout the Arab-Muslim world. Usually made from leather and found in a variety of colours. The Babouche comes in various styles ranging from thick soled slippers. It is often worn by locals both in the Medina and in the new town. There are also more thin soled slippers […]

The main square or Jema el Fnaa has been the beating heart of Marrakech since the Red City was founded a thousand years ago. Fnaa has two meanings in arabic, it can mean death, or it can mean courtyard.  Opinion is divided as to whether the square takes its name from the gruesome public display […]

Marrakech is simply magical all year round however it really comes to life on New Year’s Eve, and this year we still have some last minute availability  during this busy period. Book exceptional suites at Riad Star from just £112 per night, for two people (double or twin). A delicious breakfast is included in the […]

Since 2011, the Henna Café Cultural Association operates a café where visitors can enjoy simple local cuisine and safe natural organic henna.  In normal times the profits from the café fund an education programme with up to 8 free classes every day.  their motto is “Working together to make a difference!” In response to the COVID […]

Ryanair edinburgh to Marrakech

A new direct flight from Edinburgh to Marrakech. The service starting 18 December will connect Scotland and Morocco twice a week. Ryanair is rebuilding its UK network with a new route to Marrakech just in time for Christmas. Now it’s a perfect time to book your winter escape in Marrakech and what better place than one of […]

In 2016 a wonderful hidden space opened its doors to visitors for the first time. In the heart of the Medina lies a magical sanctuary, a complex of palaces set within a magnificent garden. A truly outstanding example of Islamic art, science and architecture. This amazing garden is located just 5 minutes walk from our […]

On 19 September, hosted Rock the Casbah, a festival fundraiser let by storyteller Gary Cordingley. Among the beautiful tales told by well known storytellers, there was another story which warmed the listeners’ hearts! The story of Riad Star and Josephine Baker, told by Lucie. We invite you to watch it below or come to […]

Moroccan hammams are part of many Moroccans’ daily life. At Riad Star we are fortunate enough to have our own Hammam and Massage suite. Our guests can enjoy treatments just a few steps from the comfort of their own rooms. The hammam experience begins with a deliciously warm and invigorating exfoliation process whilst seated or […]

Marrakech Riad on instagram

You can follow Marrakech Riad on Instagram and get updates about Marrakech and Morocco

Maakouda, maqouda or maakouda  is not a traditional moroccan recipe and can be found in other north-african countries, but is a fantastic starter and is cooked in Morocco especially during Ramadan. This is what you need:  500 grams of potatoes A knob of smen (or ghee, or any other clarified butter) A small handful of […]

riad spice vamoos

Before traveling to Marrakech please download our newly launched Vamoos Riad app and use the below login details to gain the full riad experience and service before, during and after your visit. We would love to hear your feedback about our wonderful new app.Open this link from your iOS or android device: Username – […]

Moroccan lamps

Lamps have held a hugely high value in Moroccan architecture and design for hundreds of years and are used in all four corners of Morocco to decorate shops, restaurants and houses. Hand-crafted Moroccan lamps come in all shapes and sizes and often take a painstakingly long time to complete. Within 10 minute walk from our […]


Whole riad bookings made during August and September 2021 benefit from reopening discounts of 35% or more regardless of your date of travel.  Reservations under this offer can be modified or cancelled for full refund up to 28 days before travel. Book now to take advantage of great flight deals with the established airlines and […]

Marrakech food stalls

Your Marrakech visit won’t be complete without eating out in the central square of Jemaa El Fnaa at least once.

Marrakech book festival

The Marrakech book festival will take place from 26 to 28 November 2021 in several location around Marrakech:  Maison arabe, Dar Cherifa, Kssour agafay, Dar Bellarj and others. The program will include talks from Phillip Brebner, Mahi Binebine, Richard Hamilton and Alice Morrison plus many more. there will also be cooking workshops at Maison arabe […]

Fly Over Marrakech

Marrakech, the Ochre city seen from Above. we invite you to watch this short video filmed with a drove. 

Marrakech Souk

The Marrakech Souk are great fun to explore whether on your own or with a guide.  Our riads are perfectly located in the heart of the souk

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 […]

gift ideas marrakech

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 […]