Crowdsourcing for Boucharouite museum in Marrakech

Musee de Boucharouite Marrakech rag rugsWe have written previously about these wonderful rag rugs crafted by local Moroccan women – some of them are amazingly beautiful and artistic.

Frenchman, Patrick de Maillard, has started a crowdsourcing site to raise funds for a cafe in the museum Café Boucharouite de Marrakech set up on the roof terrace of the museum.

The café is a good spot to find peace and calm, away from the crowds in the medina.

The museum is dedicated to all forms of popular art with a strong emphasis on these carpets made from scraps of fabrics and transformed into the pure joy of creativity, woven or embroidered by Moroccan women, many of them Berber women. These women are uneducated artists and practice their art from recycled old clothes weaving into them their emotions.

Even if they weave by intuition, they are nevertheless present, woven into the strands of their looms amongst innumerable coloured knots – it is not always a conscious effort, this expression of their sensory perceptions of space and their interior lives.

The results are enchanting, colourful and artistic.

Colourful Boucharouite rug Marrakech


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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

Modern art in Marrakech new exhibition

modern art in Marrakech

CARLOS MARE x VINCENT ABADIE HAFEZ – “Crossing Paths – The Intersection of Memories” – December,18 2015 to January,17 2016

David Bloch Gallery in Marrakech

Carlos Mare and Vincent Abadie Hafez present a joint exhibition from Friday, December 18 at the David Bloch Gallery Marrakech.  Check the website for a glimpse of their fabulous choices for exhibitions of modern art in Marrakech.

Metal sculptures inspired by graffiti and modern art …. beautiful creations you can easily admire

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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…

Marrakech excursions

A day out in the country around Marrakech

Atlas berber village excursion near Marrakech

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.

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

Online shopping in Marrakech

Marrakech online shopping fashion

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.

Artist in Marrakech

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.

Art exhibition Riad Sapphire and Spa in Marrakech


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:

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:

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Friendly Marrakech

main square jemaa el fna marrakesh night

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: