How to stay cool in Marrakech

If you’re currently in Marrakech or planning to go, check out this article from The Hotel Guru on keeping cool in Marrakech – where it’s currently hot, hot

Manzil La Tortue MarrakechCheck out their article on this link

For further ideas, see our own posts

Jnane Tamsna Swimming Marrakech Palmeraie


Upcoming events April May 2016 in Marrakech

If you’re planning to be in Marrakech in April or May you may want to take in these two events:


Air show Marrakech

Aeronautical exhibition – you may not be in the market to buy a plane, but you can watch the airshow

April 27 to 30, 2016 (open to the public on the last day)


Marrakech Grand prix

Marrakech grand prix racing

Grand prix car racing May 6 to 8, 2016

3 days of racing and entertainment – if you like noise and excitement, this should fit the bill

New sports activity in Marrakesh – cable park

Cable park? What is it? In Marrakech? Where is there a lake?

Wake boarding in Marrakech


All questions that arose in my mind when I learned about the new Cable Park in Marrakech.

A cable park is a place that provides facilities for all kinds of water sports, including wake boarding, knee boarding, wake stating, bi-skiing, tricks and slalom. So not just your plain old water skiing.

Waky Marrakech is south of Marrakech on “Les Jardins de l’Atlas” resort site and they created an artificial lake to make it possible. Amazing in such an arid area of the world.

A project of Palmeraie Development, the lake was specially designed for water skiing and wake boarding by Francis Koot.

They plan to offer night wake boarding sessions – just the thing for the magical nights of Marrakech.

Wake boarding is a combination of water skiing, snowboarding and surfing.

Kneeboarding is great for those learning the sport as you are kneeling on the board – not so far to fall into the water!

Wake skating  is similar to wakeboarding without the bindings- a bit like skateboarding.

Bi Skiing refers to traditional skiing. Considered the best way to develop good balance, it is good for beginners to build up good technical foundations for water skiing and from there to master other disciplines such as wakeboarding.

Tricks Trick skiing is one of the 3 disciplines in classic skiing, along with Slalom and Jumping.

Slalom is one of the 3 disciplines in classic skiing, along with Tricks and Jumping.

Prices range from 300 dirhams to 800 dirhams. There is a special offer until May 30th, 2016,

One hour 200dh (including equipment) (down from 300 dh)

Two hours 300 dh (from 400 dh)

Valid every day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Waky Marrakech

Les Jardins de l’Atlas – Route de l’Ourika, km 13

Marrakech, Maroc

+212 (0) 525 07 51 20


Mouassine Museum – new museum in Marrakech

Musee de Mouassine Marrakech

Marrakech has another new, interesting museum – the Mouassine Museum – set in a magnificent 17th-18th century building. Until April 2016 the museum has as its inaugural exhibition “The Festival season” –marriages, the harvest, the fantasias. Featuring exceptional items from the collection of Rabii Alouani Bibi and using music, documents, photographs, you get a sense of the context in which these treasures were created.

Derb El Hammam, Rue Mouassine, Marrakesh, Morocco

From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily except Fridays

Close to Mouassine Fountain

Tel 05 24 37 77 92 


One of the best things to do in Marrakech

Caleche ride in Marrakech

One of our recommended things to do in Marrakech

As from last month, we at Riad Sapphire and Spa are offering our guests a unique way to visit the Red city. The ‘calèche’ is an age-old form of transport and is a fabulous way to see Marrakesh from the comfort of your own horse and carriage. It’s a good idea to go late afternoon just before the sun goes down and you’re tired from walking but would still like to see more.

We offer a scenic tour (approx. 75 minutes) which includes the Winter Garden district (Hivernage), La Mamounia, the Royal Palace, the Mellah (Jewish quarter), King’s Palace, the old Pasha of Marrakech’s residence, Koutoubia mosque and finishing by the main square, Place Jemaa El Fna’. Prices are £15 per person (minimum 2 people). We can’t guarantee the drivers speak English, so a guide would need to be booked if you wish commentary in English.

In addition, we can also book a romantic calèche ride to your pre-booked restaurant for the evening. Prices are £10 per person (minimum 2 people) per trip. Please note, no carriages can be booked after midnight as the horses have to go to bed!!

A UK charity – Spana regularly checks the condition of the calèche horses in Marrakech, so one can rest assured they are well looked after…

Saffron harvest on organic farm near Marrakesh

Extracting saffron Marrakech

Learn all about growing and harvesting saffron – the most expensive spice in the world.

Harvesting takes place through the month of November – take advantage of our 20% discount offer on our lovely suites in Riad Sapphire and Spa and enjoy some warm, sunny weather.

Have an interesting day out on an organic farm at the Paradis du Safran

Owner Saffron farm Marrakech

Festival of Astronomy in Marrakech

festival of Astronomy Marrakech 2015For lovers of the stars – come and visit Marrakech between November 19th and 29th, 2015.

After the resounding success of the two festivals Astronomy in Ifrane and Rabat. It is the turn of the ochre city to welcome lovers of the science of the universe for the 16th edition of the Festival of Astronomy in Marrakech.

Lots of workshops

For more information

Upcoming photography exhibition in Marrakech

Maison de la Photographie Marrakesh


Maison de la Photographie in Marrakech

is launching a new exhibition


from October 7th to 23rd 2015. Black and white photos of buildings in Marrakech. Jean Pierre has been a friend of the Maison de la Photographie since its opening and he decided to donate the photographs in this new exhibition, a selection of beautiful prints taken since 1995.

Atelier d’ailleurs – Marrakech crafts

ateliers d'ailleurs, workshops in Marrakech

Private workshops for Moroccan crafts –

Atelier d’ailleurs in Marrakech

Atelier d’ailleurs in Marrakech is an organization that offers many courses on Moroccan handcrafts. You can learn or practice your skills in embroidery, pottery, metal working, tadelakt, woodturning, Moroccan cooking…. You name it, they probably have a course on it. Small, private groups ensure you have lots of hands-on guidance and practice.

For a truly authentic experience of Marrakech combine these private workshops with a stay in our riad in the heart of Marrakech medina.

You can book direct from our website and we can help organize your workshops.

In the Ensemble Artisanat near the main square.

tel 212 (0)6 72 81 20 46

Café Clock in Marrakech

The first Café Clock opened in Fez, Morocco and now there is one in Marrakech.  A great place for cultural exchanges as well as a cup of coffee and a place to rest.

Cafe Clock in MarrakechCafés are spring up all over the medina of Marrakech – and a welcome addition they are too.

There is local artwork on the walls alongside vintage items, street art and a program set up for cultural exchanges and the promotion of aspiring artists. Every Wednesday there are jam sessions for musicians – anyone can bring along their instrument. There is traditional Marrakchi storytelling with an English translator on Thursday nights. Saturday nights offer live concerts. You can also find classes for yoga, darija, oud, calligraphy and oriental dancing …

More than your average café.  In the Kasbah area of the old city.

224 Derb Chtouka


05 24 37 83 67