The New Town of Guiliez

At Marrakech Riad we pride ourselves on offering our guests as much support and information as they require to help them to plan their perfect stay in our beautiful Medina accommodation. During the French protectorate of Morocco areas were developed outside the original city walls. These areas echo Paris, with wide boulevards and cafe culture, splendid water fountains and gardens. Here are some of the highlights of the new town of Guiliez in Marrakech


A short 25 Dirham taxi ride from the old town in the New town of Guiliez is the Neobarroca Cafe/ Restaurant. Off the tourist trail this inexpensive establishment offers a great value meal and window into the culture of modern young Morocco. The decor is striking with bold images of the young Napolean Bonaparte and […]

'Caleche' horse and Carriage Rides in Marrakech

A wonderful way to enjoy Marrakech is riding a Horse drawn carriage. Known locally by the French name ‘Caleche’ carriages are readily available on the South Side of the Jemma al Fnaa square opposite to the landmark ‘Club Med’ or within the Koutoubia Gardens public park. Note that official Caleche are regulated by the authorities, […]

Patterns and colours in Marrakech

The 25th of November 2010 is a red letter day in Marrakech with the opening of a very special tribute Exhibition to the late Yves Saint Laurent.  The Exhibition will be held at the incomporable Majorelle gardens which the designer personally intervened to save and ultimately left in Trust to be enjoyed in perpetuity by […]

Marrakech Art Fair, 8 to 11 October 2010

The 2010 Marrakech Contemporary Art Fair takes places at the es Saadi palace over four days from the 8th to the 11th of October.   Our Marrakech Riads provide the perfect base from which to visit the fair and to explore Marrakech. Make your reservation today!

Childrens play area, Marrakech

Located on the Casablanca road out of Marrakech in the Commercial and shopping complex that includes the Marjane hypermarket there is a double height childrens play area and ball pond that is as impressive as anything we have seen in Europe. Usually open all day and into the early evening. If you are planning a […]

Chez Pascal Marrakech

Sadly soon to close is Chez Pascal, also known as Kenzamane a wonderful and long established bistro offering mainly French cuisine with a diverse and frequently updated menu. The best thing about Chez Pascal was Pascal himself a bundle of charisma and energy, yet always time to stop at each table and make every guest […]

Honorary British Consulate, Marrakesh Morocco

The British Embassy in Morocco is located in the Capital City of Rabat. Marrakech is fortunate enough to host the office of the Honorary Pro Consul for the South of Morocco Mr Ali Horma. The consulate office is usually open on weekday mornings Monday to Thursday from 8.30 am to 12.30 pm to assist British […]

Marrakech Railway Station

A fantastic new modern railway station opened in Marrakech in 2009 located in the New Town of Guiliez. 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 […]

Marrakech Garden

The Arabic word Riad means garden and some of the most beautiful gardens in Marrakech are to be found in the medina providing shade in traditional houses. There are also a number of public gardens which are well worth a visit. Majorelle Gardens Established in the 1920’s by French painter Jacques Majorelle and made famous […]


The Koutoubia mosque was built in the 12th century under the Caliph Yaqub al-Mansur to be the crowning glory of his North African based empire, it is indeed today still the largest mosque to be found in Marrakech today. The structure stands 69 metres tall towering over the surrounding city, which considering its placement in […]