AXS offers bicycle tours, rentals and sales in Marrakech and the Atlas Mountains. The tours range from easy to expert and offer both on and off road options. It's run by Americans and Moroccans and all the guides speak great English. The bicyces are top of the line Giant bikes and differ depending on what tour option you take. This was the highlight of my trip to Marrakech - definitely the best way to see the city and an easy day trip into the Atlas mountains, which are very beautiful.
Just to show that these tips do work, when I had a long weekend in Marrakesh with my family I contacted Abedellatif who was recommended as a guide in the Villa Dinari post, even though we weren't staying there. He was really charming, and an excellent guide. He showed us lots of places we'd never have found, even with a guide book, because he was born and brought up in the Medina. We enjoyed his tour so much that we went on a tour with him to the Ourika Valley and saw a wonderful local market. I really do recommend him, and if we ever do go back to Marrakesh we'll definitely stay at his lovely home (he took us there for tea on our way back from the Ourika Valley).
Villa Dinari Alpha 41, Lots Bouzaoui, Commune al Ouidane, Marrakech Morocco
+212 524 32 89 22
We were slightly apprehensive at first being a hen party group in our forties. But we were certainly wrong: it's the most fun thing to be doing in Marrakech. The quads get you out into the rock desert and the landscape are a great way to enjoy Marrakech and its unique views.
I've just returned from a trip of a lifetime walking in the desert with an excellent guide, a docile dromedary carrying everything for a night's camping and the dromedary minder who led me on spectacular rides into the sunset. Imagine, the only sound was birdsong, no other people to be seen, delicious meals and a star filled sky at night - truly a dream come true! Reach the desert by 4X4 from Marrakech.
Riyad Al Moussika is a beautiful, peaceful place to relax and unwind after a busy day sightseeing and shopping in the souks! Just a five minute walk from the main square, it is the perfect place to stay. We stayed in the green room which had it's own roof terrace, perfect for a bit of sunbathing. The room was spotless, with a view over the beautiful courtyard and pool. The breakfasts were great, as was the complimentary mint teas and pastries. We booked one evening in the restaurant of the riad, which was the best meal we had throughout our stay in Marrakech. The manager and staff were always friendly and willing to help. Would definitely recommend.
Close to Badi Palace, Kosy Bar offers a rarity in dry Marrakech - alcohol. Emerge from a steamy hamman, rehydrate with water, before skipping over the menu's expensive beers and opting for the more reasonbly priced chilled white wine, the perfect respite from the hot, bustling city. Head for the highest of the two roof terraces, and look down on Marakech in action, and watch and listen to the nesting storks patiently stood on the old city walls. Or marvel as the waiter tries to negotiate the narrow, spiral staircase to the terrace while carrying trays of drinks.
47 Place des Ferblantiers, Mellah, Marrakech
We found the great KifKif little shop thanks to another tourist at our Riad who had mentioned it to me. They sell a good selection of jewellery, handbags, scarves, clothing, babouches.
Prices are fixed and the pendants, ear-rings and other items I bought seem well made and are just that little bit different and quirky. Besides, you are left free to browse without pressure to buy!
Riad Magellan was a lovely small boutique-hotel with really friendly staff. I wish we had more time as we would have happily stayed there much longer. We even got a free cooking class where we learnt how to make amazing salads and a beef tajine, which we had for dinner at candle light near the fire place on our last night. It was wonderful! That location is perfect to get around in the Medina.
62 derb el hammam, Mouassine, Marrakech
Marrakesh offers so many choices, that it was hard to decide, but Riyad Al Moussika has been the right one.
We spent a weekend in this spot of beauty and we were totally satisfied. I share completely all the positive reviews and me too I highly recommend this place.
62, derb Boutouil - Kennaria
+212 524 389067
We ate here three times and each time it was relaxing and inviting and the service very professional. Both the Moroccan and Italian menus were extraordinary.
The restaurant is in a gorgeous Moroccan building with a very romantic atmosphere that contributed to making our wedding anniversary so memorable. I very much recommend this restaurant.
17 derb Cherkaoui, Marrakech
+212 (0)524 389067
My wife and I went here to celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary. It was absolutely marvellous! This place is an old palace in the medina of Marrakech quite close to the main square and fantastically restructured and refurbished keeping the Moroccan authentic style. Beautiful swimming pool in the garden, and hammam that we tried twice with a massage: great experience that I recommend. Gargantuan breakfasts of fresh ingredients mainly home made. Our suite, the blue one with Carrara white marble floor, gorgeous wood ceiling and a huge bathroom, was so nice and relaxing we were reluctant to go out. I want as well to underline the high level of service that the wonderful team gave us. They truly made our trip amazing.
Phone +212 (0) 524 389 067
62 Deb Boutouil, Kennaria 40,000, Marrakech
My first experience of the Riad Azoulay in Marrakech last year (though not my first time in the city) turned out to be a real stroke of luck and was so nice that I really wondered if a second visit would match up to my recollections. I didn’t need to worry – the same air of serenity, the same friendly attention, the same stimulating fusion of ‘east meets west’ in the decoration, the food and every carefully managed detail made me feel I’d never left. Meti, the beloved Bichon Frisé, was away having babies (for those who know her, mother and puppies are all doing fine, I’m told) but in all other respects Riad Azoulay retains its unique charm, keeps its quality intact and, happily for me, continues to remain a welcome oasis of calm in the wonderfully chaotic Medina.
A lovely little riad, in the medina, very pleasant staff. Respite from the chaos outside, and the hard sell. And a great breakfast.
DB Tbib, N° 46, Riad Zitoun Jdid Marrakech 40000 Maroc
+ 212 5 24 39 04 25
As well as the changes in time from GMT to daylight saving in Spring and Autumn it is as well to be alert to the fact that 'daylight saving time' is suspended during Ramadam. This is a moveable religious event with the start and end announced the day before the beginning of Ramadam. Confused? So were we and so was Easy Jet. On July 21st 2012 the Airport clocks were set at Ramadam/ local time, Easy Jets website gave the flight times at Ramadam time, however the check in desk gave the flight as Daylight Saving time and so we missed the flight, along with other passengers from other flights. We had to pay £50 penalty for a new ticket!
A beautiful little art deco boutique hotel built in the traditional style around a courtyard, a five minute walk away from the famous Jemaa el fna square. Wonderful staff, very helpful, especially Oliver the owner. And the food was seriously We found it easily but Oliver gives you a mobile phone so you can ring them in case you get lost and the staff will come and get you.
It's a beautiful eco-lodge in a stunning setting, at the foot of the Atlas mountains of Morocco. It is a traditionally built stone building standing above a green valley, offering amazing views. The interior is very tasteful, using local materials ans items, but providing all the comfort and luxury western people need. We had a wonderful, very relaxing stay, surely something different than the usual hotel experience and a great escape from the hustle and bustle of Marrakech.
The best riad in Marrakech. Friendly, relaxing, informative, central location and a great holiday vibe. Everything you want from Marrakech.
Douar Graoua Kennaria, nº 18 Derb Lalla Chacha,, Marrakesh medina, 40000, Morrocco
The food stalls in the square of the Jemaa el Fna or La Place, as the French call it, where Marakshis have come for centuries for dinner and a show are a place everyone should visit at least once in their lives we agreed with the German couple sitting next to us tucking into snails and camel heel while discussing their daughters’ Northern Soul thesis and watching the snake charmers and storytellers work their magic. I preferred their taste in music to their taste in food but the myriad of food stalls here also serve fish and chips or tagines for the more faint hearted. This isn’t a big place but that only seems to make you so much more aware of just how diverse and colourful the world is as you break bread with people from all corners of the world.
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Situated in a maze of muddy, busy, narrow alleyways, this relatively large riad offered us a touch of calm elegance and sophistication. We were treated with warm hospitality, offered help whenever we needed it by Adil the manager and all his staff. They spoke good English and nothing was too much trouble for them in this delightfully furnished, conveniently situated riad. The generous sized public spaces, including interior gardens, were tastefully decorated and furnished as were the bedrooms. The one evening meal which we had there on the night of our arrival and the breakfasts on the roof terrace were generous and enjoyable. Having the riad's driver collect us from the airport and lead us through the narrow dark alleyways to the welcoming mint tea on arrival in the riad was a good move.
I would definitely stay there again
21, derb Roukni, Marrakech, Maroc
+212 666 97 87 03
Riad Abaka is a short but bustling walk from the square, and so is perfectly placed. You can exhaust yourself haggling in the souks, and dodging snake charmers and performing monkeys and still be a short stagger from the riad. It is a little oasis of calm in a frenzied sea of boiling humanity. The central area is calm . The roof terrace is a good place to retire to at night and the Koutoubia Mosque is in sight.
The room we stayed in was nice and was what I shall describe as tastefully basic. If you are expecting northern European luxury then you are, perhaps, on the wrong holiday - that's not what Marrakech is about.
The staff are really lovely humorous helpful people, who are down to earth and efficient. They are actually essential to the experience of being there. I extend them my great thanks.
Adill the manager is a charming and humorous man with a quick mind and a lot of knowledge. You receive a briefing on your first morning during which he talks you through geography, culture, and haggling in the souk (all free of charge!). The briefing is extensive but very useful, and the map you take away with it's biro squiggles and labels becomes an essential traveling companion.
Breakfast is in the Moroccan style - yogurt, fruit, french bread, coffee. It's good healthy stuff. You can always have mint tea, or English tea if you want.
21, derb Roukni, Marrakech
+33 6 07 39 34 02
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