About Marrakech

Marrakech is uniquely nestled on a large plain at the foot of the snow-capped High Atlas Mountains. This makes staying in Marrakech the perfect city to begin your visit to Morocco or to be an ideal base for exploring the country, particularly the High Atlas, Sahara region and Atlantic coast. Surrounded by its original fortified city wall Marrakech entices you into its midst, allow it to absorb you into its soul and we are sure that, like us, it will become one of your favourite places.

Luxury Guest Houses - RIADS

Incredibly popular, and ever growing in number, riads are a type of traditionally refurbished house of various sizes and quality in the centre of Marrakech's mediaeval medina. These fabulous properties are designed to be cool in the Moroccan heat and inward-looking so will surround a private courtyard or garden which is most often open to the Marrakech sky and are known as riads (or Dars).

Rediscover the World was one of the first UK tour operators, back in the 1990s, to offer riads as part of a different holiday experience; we have continued this with similar properties across the whole of Morocco. At least one of us here at Rediscover has visited each of the Riads featured on our website so please feel free to discuss your requirements and budget and we will be happy to make recomendations - naturally such properties are likely to be a matter of personal taste and preference but we are confident that there is a riad to suit everyone.

Hotels in Marrakech

There are a many excellent hotels in the city that we would recommend for those who wish to have the wide range of facilities that only hotels can provide such as large swimming pools, gardens, a choice of restaurants, gym, parking, etc. If you just want a good hotel prior to departing on a tour of Morocco then we are confident that one of our personally selected hotels will be ideal.

Villas in Marrakech

We offer a small selection of properties with similar characteristics to the riads of Marrakech's Medina, however, they are located (mostly) in the outer areas of the city, particularly the Palmeraie.

Sightseing in Marrakech

Marrakech still has many faces to offer the visitor - the fabulous historic and labyrinthine Medina of the Almohads, the more recent majesty of the Bahia Palace, the tranquility of its many famous gardens and the sophistication of its more modern boulevards, cafes and riads. Today, Marrakech has become a thriving metropolis with chic night spots, top restaurants and a very modern atmosphere in places. All of which emphasises the immense historical context of the Medina and its focal point, the Djemma el Fna.

Any tour of Marrakech should begin by exploring the Medina followed by a visit to the Djemma el Fna (Marrakech's main square - translates as "assembly place of the dead") in the shadow of the renovated Koutoubia Mosque. Enter further into the labyrinthine souk for some serious bargaining and you will be immersed in the sights, sounds and aromas of this mediaeval market place. In the evening the Djemma el Fna changes quite dramatically and comes alive with a plethora of al fresco dining stalls such as those selling spicy sausages, fresh fish and chips, traditional Harira soup and even snails, all washed down with plenty of sweet mint tea of course - sheep's heads are perhaps only for the very hearty traveller though. All the time you will be surrounded by acrobats, snake charmers, fortune tellers and entertainers of all kinds.

Head straight to the Ben-Youssef medersa, a Koranic school which, in the past, took in hundreds of students in this setting favourable for uplifting the soul. Don't miss the Marrakesh Museum which is close by in the medina; it has been installed recently in the 19th century M'Nebhi Palace. You will be able to admire eight centuries of Moroccan arts and crafts - the Chrob or Chouf fountain is a must-see. This impressively sumptuous work has a wooden front dating from the 16th century! Take in the tanners' quarter which is situated a little to the east. There you will leave for an exotic journey to a world where the smells and colours will carry you away.

You can find thousands of foodstuffs, fabrics and handicrafts in the medina and its souks which are enclosed by the fabulous 12th century ramparts. Here everyone attends to their affairs, as they have for centuries. You can find some calm in the Arabo-Andalusian garden which houses the Saadian Tombs. You should visit the richly decorated rooms of these two mausoleums which are just below the superb minaret of the El-Mansour mosque. There is an unrestricted view of the roofs of the city from the terrace of the El-Badi Palace which is close by. From the northern corner you can admire the ancient minbar (pulpit) of the Koutoubia mosque. This pulpit is beautifully ornamented with delicate sculptures and marquetry.

Modern places of interest

The Marjorelle Gardens house a collection of plants from the four corners of the earth flourishing among elegant ornamental lakes and an Art Deco villa. You may leave this enchanted spot in one of the many horse drawn carriages available in the city and take the inevitable trip to the Palmeraie; from there, continue to the Menara, one of Marrakesh's symbolic places - this elegant building is surrounded by an immense ornamental lake (Marrakshi families come here to enjoy this cool spot during heat waves). You can enjoy an ice cream, a pastry or a cool drink in one of the establishments in Gueliz, the modern part of Marrakech. Luxury shops, banks, tearooms and cafes. Marrakesh is a city full of life and enthusiasm.

Nearby sightseeing

The Lalla Takerkoust Lake is just 20 minutes from Marrakesh. You can explore its 7km by pedal boat, motorboat or even jet ski. The Oukaimeden ski resort in the Atlas gives you access to one of the most extensive ski domains in Africa. Imagine the panorama you will have from a height of 3300m. You can climb Mount Toubkal (4167m) which is situated to the south of Oukaimeden. The climb is not particularly difficult provided that you are in good physical shape, have hired a certified guide and done the necessary preparation. So, in no time, you can leave the heat of the valley for the pure mountain air. Real luxury is to leave the pool, go skiing and then return for a relaxed Marrakesh evening. You can visit the Ourika Valley which is about 30km from Marrakesh: granary for the area, with its fields for different crops laid out like a draught-board, will often pleasantly surprise you: its waterfalls punctuating the beautiful unspoilt scenery, for example, or the Yagour rock carvings. Asni village, with its very beautiful red kasbah, should be seen. The valley of the same name gives access to some sumptuous. Ouirgane is a very popular spot for Marrakshis. Don't hesitate to take a break for lunch in one of the many restaurants in the area: another opportunity to savour the delicious local cooking.

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Reviews

"I just wanted to let you know that we had a great trip and to thank you again for all of your help. All of the places we stayed at were very nice and so were the guides and the transfer drivers. We especially loved the Tatfi hotel near Ouirgane where we had a nice fireplace inside our room. It was very nice not to have to worry about all of the transfers and booking tours. Happy New Year!"

M Major, January 2014

"Riad Hikaya was first class"

D Moorhouse, May, 2015

"We had a great holiday. The Riad el Zohar was absolutely superb. Alan and staff so helpful and hospitable, definitely far superior to other riads we have stayed in. Thank you for all your help and organisation arranging our holiday. Will definitely recommend you to others and hope to use Rediscover the World again. A very satisfied customer."

F Drummond, September 2010

"Ruddi at our riad was extremely helpful, informative and went out of his way to make our stay a memorable experience."

"We had a FAB time and really enjoyed ourselves. The service at the Kasbah Tatfi was charming but utterly chaotic. Luckily the wonderful setting made up for the lot."

T Stileman, September 2014

"We are at the Hikaya and the welcome, both from Said, your rep, the driver and from John and staff at Hikaya has been really good."

P Nias, September 2014

"I booked this Morocco Holiday for a group of 10 very picky travellers. We were extremely happy with all the arrangements, accommodations and guides. A special thanks to both Andy and Dawn for being very thorough and arranging such an excellent trip."

T Beddingfield, October 2016

"Riad Le Trois Mages was just a complete oasis of tranquillity and offers the best hospitality we have ever had the pleasure to experience - Aidan and his team we're just delightful. For us, it was the ideal spot for sightseeing, the roof terrace is a real treat and, importantly for us, it offered a luxury feel without compromising on tradition. We will without doubt be going back to Marrakech and there is no question we will be booking to stay here - just perfect in every way. We didn't want to leave Marrakech or Riad Les Trois Mages!"

Mr & Mrs Hall, April 2013

"Special mention for our final stay in Marrakech (not enough room on the form!!) at Riad Kniza. We have never stayed anywhere that we have been more welcome. Truly felt like our home and the staff were WONDERFUL! Genuinely sorry to leave and will definitely be back, Location excellent, service and food exemplary, and very good value for money. A little haven in the lunacy of this amazing city. Also Kasbah Ellouze - stunning location and brilliant staff. Felt very authentic. Landscape is dramatic and hugely photogenic. Desert trip amazing - we had the camp to ourselves so it felt very personal. Would have perhaps liked to stay an extra night as the dunes are quite breathtaking. Organisation completely hassle-free. Car hire (and Neureddine, the rep) very helpful. Driving pretty much without hitch apart from one bandit incident down south (we had a heads up from your info, so managed to avoid!!) Roads excellent, especially over the Atlas. A really fantastic trip, thank you"

A Freeman, October 2014

"Holiday was amazing. Thanks so much. We booked with Rediscover because when we first spoke you clearly got exactly what we wanted from the trip and that was so clearly the right trip"

M Hyman, October 2013

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