Tips for travellers to Marrakech

We’re often asked for advice on how best to enjoy Marrakech. So we’ve compiled a small guide letting you know:

Best place to go to see the real Marrakech
Best place to buy souvenirs
Average cost of a meal
What you should not miss
What tourists should absolutely not do
Full text on this link: http://riadsapphire.com/things-to-do-in-marrakech/

For more information, tips for a pleasant, FAQs about Marrakesh, health-related, good time of year to go to Marrakesh, look at our blog posts:

http://chic-riads-marrakech.com/category/faqs/

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The Food of Morocco by Paula Wolfert

Moroccan cookery book

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We just have to share our enthusiasm for this fabulous book The Food of Morocco by Paula Wolfert which has been receiving rave reviews. She has an impeccable pedigree having won the prestigious Julia Child Award three times, The James Beard Award five times, The M. F. K. Fisher Award, The Tastemaker Award and been a finalist for the British Andre Simon Award.

You can tell that this has been a labour of love with incredible attention to detail. Paula Wolfert is passionate about Moroccan cuisine having spent almost 50 years in pursuit of authentic Moroccan food.

Lavishly photographed and packed with tantalizing recipes, The Food of Morocco also provides helpful tips on preparation techniques. For anyone seriously interested in Morrocan cuisine this is the perfect companion to her classic, Couscous and Other Good Food from Morocco.

For more information go to http://www.paula-wolfert.com/index.html

 

Friendly Marrakech

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Most people who visit Marrakech find the locals extremely friendly. One woman has taken this theme of hospitality and has turned it on its head with a blog-post called ‘how to make friends with Marrakech.’ In the blog, called Adventures of Venus (which focuses on ‘travel stories, yarns and musings…’), she describes, amongst other things, how to shop and what to eat when (inevitably) become ‘Tagined out.’

Reading this blog is a bit like listening to a friend return with a hundred and one memories from a recent trip. The blog has a great insidery feel to it.

We also like this sage advice: ‘go to the Henna Cafe, which is a community project providing professional clean Henna tattoos by local women with 100% of profits going to those in need in Marrakech. The Henna Café charity was set up in2011 by four UK business people who wanted to give back to Morocco and Marrakech. It’s good to give back!’

We also agree heartily with this tip: ‘Change is hard to come by, when you get some hoard it for when you need it. Keep small coins and bills (Dh5 and under) for change and tips.’ Great advice!

Read the blog, here: http://venusadventures.wordpress.com/2014/07/16/how-to-become-friends-with-marrakech/

 

 

Online shopping if you can’t get to Marrakech

Try Etsy for exotic Moroccan finds

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Etsy (www.etsy.com) is a huge online marketplace. If you’ve not heard of it, as we hadn’t until recently, think of it as a kind of fashionable ebay without the auction element. It’s full of arts and crafts inspired items and is a colourful way to shop online whether you’re looking for homewares, clothes or just some ideas.

If you put in a search for Morocco all kinds of wonderful things come up.

That leather pouffe you couldn’t quite carry back? They’ve got those, in tan, pink and every other colour of the rainbow too. Or how about a Moroccan-inspired hipflask? Yup, they have plenty of those as well.

Whilst browsing on the site we discovered the Izzizi Interiors range, which offers authentic, vintage Beni Ourain and Marmoucha Berber rugs from the mountains of Morocco – not cheap but very chic (www.etsy.com/uk/shop/IzziziInteriors)

 

 

Fifty cities Marrakech number 7

 

Marrakech main square, Place Jemaa el Fna' , food stalls, night in Marrakesh

Most people could only dream of visiting 50 of the best cities in the world in a lifetime, but if you did set yourself this particular travel mission, for sure Marrakech would make the list.

We have been pondering our own choices recently, as last week the Huffington Post listed their must-see 50 cities, and the results we quite surprising. At number one was Venice and at 50 was Budapest – not bad but everyone would have an opinion of course on what should be at number one (Marrakech!!).

Still, in at a very respectable number 7 – sandwiched between London and Petra – is our own, Marrakech.

The page describes the city as a ‘maze-like corridors full of vibrant souks, stunning architecture, and bubbling tagines around every corner.’

Follow the link below to pictures and more inspiration:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/minube/the-top-50-cities-to-see_b_5547308.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000063

 

 

 

CNN GO travels to Marrakech

CNN GO travels to Marrakech

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This week we stumbled upon a lovely short film, watchable online, on CNN Go – the travel arm of CNN.

In the film, writer and hotelier Maryam Montague takes us on a hot air balloon ride over Morocco’s Red City and Chef Moha Fedal takes us on a scooter ride to his favourite market – Mellah Market. This is the old Jewish market which sells the freshest fish – sea bass, crab and so on – vegetables, fruit and meat. You can smell the spices as the chef walks you through the souks – wonderful! Keep watching as towards the end the chef shows how he cooks his amazing sea bass tagine in a beautiful flower-filled garden.

It’s a lively and interesting short film – around seven minutes – which shows the city from the perspective of those who love it. Tune in while it’s available, here:

http://edition.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/international/2014/07/09/spc-cnngo-marrakech-morocco-b.cnn.html

Travelling to Marrakech?

Marrakech – pack light, pack well

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Marrakech often causes much huffing and puffing when it comes to packing for a holiday. It’s hot, it’s a Muslim country (which means covering up) but it’s also a place of great style. So, how to tick all the boxes (conservative but chic and cool?).

The Telegraph tackled the packing conundrum last week and covered the best buys for a trip to Marrakech.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/africaandindianocean/morocco/10667549/Marrakesh-what-to-pack-and-shopping-tips.html

We love the blue Zara trousers (bold but loose and cool) and the Classic Fedora rollable – Brisa Weave Grade 8 hat. We agree that a good sun hat is essential and this one is fairtrade and is built to last. We also love the tip: ‘Head to Souk Chouari for sweet-smelling cedar-wood furniture. In the likely event that your luggage allowance will not accommodate one of the pretty folding side tables, buy a small trinket instead.’

We suggest you leave the Gap leather tote bag though. Nice as it is – you will find better and cheaper at the leather section of the souk when you arrive.

 

 

 

 

Marrakech for fashion shoots

Marrakech models

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Fashion shoots regularly take place in chic Marrakech. Palaces, souks and riads often host models and their entourages. It’s no wonder, with the honeyed light, the elaborate costumes that Marrakech is known for and the exoticism that the city still evokes.

One of the most inspirational, and downright beautiful, ones we’ve stumbled across is this one, originally shot for Porter magazine:
http://www.thisisglamorous.com/2014/06/editorial-angela-lindvall-tom-craig-porter-magazine/

There are more shots here.
http://www.designscene.net/2014/04/angela-lindvall-porter-magazine-tom-craig.html

The model is Angela Lindvall, an American model and occasional actress. She has appeared in several films including Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.

 

Wanderlust Magazine visits Marrakech

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The readers of everyone’s favourite travel magazine, Wanderlust, recently sent in all their best shots of Marrakech to the magazine which have recently published them.

The response was impressive. The magazine says: ‘When we asked Wanderlust readers to send us their favourite photos of Marrakech, we were overwhelmed by the shots’ character, energy and atmosphere. This gallery showcases just some of the brilliant snaps, so head to the MyWanderlust photography page for the full selection…’

This of course proves that Marrakech is simply one of the best places in the world to hone photography skills.

We agree that the readers took some truly wonderful snaps. Have a look through the online portfolio here:

http://www.wanderlust.co.uk/magazine/photography/visions-of-marrakech-wanderlust-readers-photos/medersa-ben-youssef/2336