Guide to Marrakech

new year celebration Marrakech Riad

As the clock nears midnight on the last day of the year, people around the world gather to celebrate the dawn of a new beginning. While New Year’s Eve is a universal celebration, there’s a place where it takes on an extra layer of magic – Marrakech, Morocco. In this enchanting city, the celebration of […]

Marrakech Riad Romantic escape

Are you and your significant other yearning for a romantic getaway that’s unlike any other? Look no further than the enchanting city of Marrakech. This Moroccan gem is a tapestry of vibrant colors, mesmerizing landscapes, and a rich cultural tapestry that makes it the perfect destination for couples seeking an unforgettable adventure together. And to […]


In the vibrant heart of Marrakech, where history and culture weave together, you’ll find our Marrakech Riads, boutique hotels renowned for their distinctive personalities and exceptional hospitality. Beyond offering guests an unforgettable Moroccan experience, Marrakech Riad is deeply committed to the local community. Recent events have underscored the importance of this commitment. The Earthquake That […]

Nestled within the heart of Morocco’s gem, Marrakech, lies a true oasis of comfort and charm – Riad Spice. Recently featured in The Guardian UK’s list of top tips, this hidden gem is more than just a place to stay; it’s an experience that encapsulates the magic of Marrakech’s labyrinthine streets, vibrant culture, and warm […]

Marrakech-Menara Airport Ranked Second Best Regional Airport in Africa by 2023 Skytrax World Airport Awards Marrakech-Menara Airport has been ranked the second-best regional airport in Africa by the 2023 Skytrax World Airport Awards. This is a significant achievement for the airport, which has overtaken Kigali in Rwanda to claim the second spot, with Durban-King Shaka […]

Marrakech is known for its rich history, stunning architecture, and bustling souks. It’s also home to a diverse and exciting culinary scene, with restaurants that offer a fusion of Moroccan and international flavors. In this blog post, we’ll explore some of the top restaurants in Marrakech. La Maison Arabe La Maison Arabe is a luxurious […]

Ramadan is a holy month in the Islamic calendar, during which Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset. It is a time of reflection, prayer, and giving to those in need. Visiting Marrakech during Ramadan can be a unique and rewarding experience, as the city takes on a special atmosphere during this time. In this blog […]

Marrakech, the vibrant and culturally-rich city located in the heart of Morocco, is a popular destination for tourists from all over the world. While Marrakech is known for its hot and dry climate, there are several good reasons to visit this city in March. In this blog post, we will explore why March is an […]


We’re always looking for ways to improve our guests’ experience, and that includes offering more payment options. That’s why we’re thrilled to announce that our three riads in Marrakech now accept a wider range of payment methods. From credit cards to digital wallets, we want to make sure that our guests have the most convenient […]

Marrakech is a city that offers a unique and captivating experience all year round, but there’s something extra special about visiting in February. This time of year is the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture and traditions, with a variety of festivals and events taking place throughout the city. Here’s what you […]

The BBC recently posted a reel about Josephine Baker, the iconic American entertainer who lived in Marrakech in the 1940s. Baker’s former home in Marrakech, Riad Star, has become a popular destination for travelers looking to experience a bit of history and luxury. The riad has been beautifully restored and decorated with a mix of […]

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 […]

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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 […]