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…
Some suggestions from our blog piece for a day’s excursion from Marrakech
- Walking in the foothills of the countryside around Marrakech
- A day in a kasbah
- Berber farm near Marrakech
- Country club
- Artists’ retreat
– a nice change from the bustling city of Marrakech.
We will help you arrange your trips/excursions.
Learn all about growing and harvesting saffron – the most expensive spice in the world.
Have an interesting day out on an organic farm at the Paradis du Safran
We are pleased to see yet another cooperative development melding Western design with Moroccan skills – with the aim to work together with a team of local Moroccan craftspeople designing quality goods in a contemporary way. Abury produces a range of trendy goods.
If you travel to Marrakech you can source these goods yourself either shopping in the local souks or going to the design district of Sidi Ghanem. But if you can’t get to Marrakech, then you can order these goods online.
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.
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:
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!
Travel and music go together. Just like a photograph brings back memories a song can take you back to a certain place too.
This week we stumbled upon a beautiful piece of film which we feel has successfully captured the essence of Marrakech. It has been created by Suki Mok, a talented musician, turned photographer.
Suki shot the short film on his Blackmagic camera and it has been set to a transporting piece of music by Jose Gonzalez – a song called ‘Step out’, which has an ethereal, travel vibe to it.
The film takes the audience through some of Morocco’s finest sights such as the Atlas Mountains, Berber villages, the Medina souks, Jardin Majorelle and the Koutoubia Minaret. All of these iconic sights were expertly captured on Suki’s first ever visit to Morocco, watching it is a bit like seeing the country through fresh eyes. Suki says of his journey:
“Just an hour’s drive away will take you to the stunning Atlas mountains, where the Berbers still live in villages untouched by modern society. The film is rich with new colours, patterns and faces with wholly unique stories – it was a truly unforgettable experience.”
So, sit back, relax and turn up your speakers…
To view video, see here: http://vimeo.com/87645206
This book, which has the sub-title ‘The Rise and Fall of the House of Glaoua 1893-1956’, is set in the medieval city of Marrakesh. It tells the tale of ambitious warlord brothers from the High Atlas Mountains and their rise to great power in Morocco in the early 20th century. A page-turner, Maxwell balances ostentation, mystery and terror in equal measure.
Lords of the Atlas was first published in 1966, then again by the British publishing house Eland in 2004. The Publisher, Barnaby Rogerson, has this to say about the book:
“Beware, ‘Lords of the Atlas’ can instil a desperate craving for Morocco and the red-walled city of Marrakech. I drunk too deeply, too young, from a magic potion composed of Gavin Maxwell’s ‘Lords of the Atlas’ and Delacroix’s ‘Arab Tax’, and have been obsessed by Morocco ever since.”
You can read an extract of the book here: http://www.travelbooks.co.uk/extract.asp?id=71