Guide to Marrakech

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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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 […]

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. […]


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 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 […]


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 […]

Riad Star-7

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 […]


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 […]