We are so pleased that Amal Women’s Training Center and Moroccan Restaurant have won this award. We have much admired their work – combining good food, great value and a charitable component that helps women in need in Marrakech.
Congratulations from Riad Sapphire and Spa – our riad in Marrakech run as a luxury boutique hotel
Galerie Rê – Modern art gallery in Marrakech
October 15th to November 28th, 2015, Galerie Rê is showing the work of Hamza Fakir.
Each June the charming port town of Essaouira comes to life with the rhythmic beats of the Gnaoua World Music Festival This year’s festival took place from May 14 to 17 and the final concert took place Sunday, May 17th. The festival has become so popular that it has been described as the “Woodstock of Morocco”. You can hear some of the music on videos uploaded to their site.
The Gnaoua festival is a veritable melting pot of musical influences and inspiration. Foreign artists mingle and play music with the mystical Gnaoua musicians. The Gnaoua masters invite jazz, blues, reggae, pop, hip-hop and rock musicians to explore new paths through impromptu jam sessions.
Over the years, the festival has become bigger and bigger with up to 500,000 visitors to Essaouira over four days. Unlike other festivals many of the performances are free to attend.
Bob Marley and Jimi Hendrix were both inspired and influenced by this sleepy town of Essaouira on the Atlantic coast of Morocco in the 60’s and 70’s. It has a magical quality that transports you to another time. It’s relaxed and easy to navigate with no feeling of being rushed as in most modern cities.
The Gnaoua are a spiritual brotherhood of mystics… for more on their background as mystics and healers https://www.fest300.com/festivals/gnaoua-world-music-festival
…their hypnotic repetition of a series of chants in Arabic can create a trance-like state. I’m going to have to go there!
e have written about the work of Hamid Khantour previously. We now have a mini-exhibition of his paintings in the small courtyard of our riad, Riad Sapphire and Spa in Marrakech. They may be purchased by our clients – he will come and roll up the paintings for transport home.
Marrakesh named world’s best destination in TripAdvisor 2015 Travellers’ Choice
The new Travelers’ Choice #1 Destination in the world is Marrakech
– described as a magical place, brimming with markets, gardens, palaces, and mosques.
A wonderful juxtaposition of chaos and calm, modern and traditional, the exotic and the familiar –
Marrakech offers intimate courtyards and snaking alleyways in the old city, the historic medina – one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.
Come and get lost here! We’ll help you find your way amongst the alleyways and the teeming crowds.
Then come back to our peaceful riad and understand the calm that also exists amidst the chaos. http://www.riadsapphire.com/suites.htm
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:
CNN GO travels to Marrakech
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:
Five minutes of inspiration
A great way to get inspired about Marrakech and all it has to offer is to look at the wealth of wonderful photography available on the web. We recently stumbled upon this page which highlights just a few of the amazing things that you can see, buy, touch and photograph in Morocco:
And, if we feel like stepping back in time, we turn to British Pathe and their amazing wealth of old films shot in Morocco. We watched this one this week and particularly liked the stirring music!
Any designer/traveller/photographer/artist worth their salt has a soft-spot for Marrakech. Over the years artistic people have flocked to the city drawn like moths to a flame for its colours, scenery, landscapes and people. The city is a hive of inspiration and creativity.
So, it’s no wonder that Pinterest, the photo pin-board website has hundreds of boards where people have put up (or ‘pinned’) their favourite pictures of the city.
From hotels to fashion designers, travellers to musicians, there are photos to inspire even the most jaded traveller. Some of the best ones are those curated by interior designers, who naturally have a flair.
Here is just a handful of some of our favourites – and ones which we follow.
http://www.pinterest.com/riadlinda/ – owned by Linda Lyons who runs a beautiful riad in the Marrakech medina.
http://www.pinterest.com/magicmarrakech/ – ‘magic is something you make’ a statement we agree with!
http://www.pinterest.com/beyondmarrakech/ – ‘Twirling the souks of Marrakech, sourcing vintage Moroccan carpets and wedding blankets. Building guesthouse Dar Zohra in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco.’
http://www.pinterest.com/LaMamouniaHotel/ – needs no introduction, keep up with their board to see regular pictures of the bold and the beautiful in the city’s most famous hotel.
Videos on Marrakesh
In the mood for Marrakech but not visiting just yet? Satisfy your curiosity here, with these transporting videos! A quick watch of these and you’ll be booking your airline ticket in no time. Also, remember our opening introductory offer: 25% off for stays of 3 nights or more if bookings are made in April or May.
Best of Marrakech, Morocco – A Travel Video by GeoBeats – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJ4iSELqePE
A Tourist’s Guide to Marrakech, Morocco from www.theredquest.com – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jAkpM3wQ9w
National Geographic in Marrakech – http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/morocco_marrakesh
GoogleGlass goes to Marrakech – http://www.vistabee.com/en/blog/2014/04/18/travel-through-eyes-google-gass-marrakech/