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  • "Magic lies above the courtyard with bubbling fountains and golden lanterns, tranquility and beauty embrace the guest." - Icon
  • "Each guest's request is satisfied before you have expressed it." - Tourbillon
  • "Most romantic weekend we've ever had!" - Suzanne & Jason
  • "Behind the blank walls lies a world of tranquility" - The Sunday Telegraph
  • "This was the best place to be." - Jan & Jolanda
  • "It's hard to beat the exotic appeal of Dar Les Cigognes" - The Daily Mail
  • "Simply fantastic!" - Chris, Spain
  • "Morocco is a world of interiors. Marrakech has some of the most beautiful in the world, and Dar Les Cigognes is one of them" - The Mail on Sunday
  • "We have magical memories to take home." - Richmond & Sue, UK
  • "We have had the most wonderful time" - Simon & Edward, Australia
  • "An oasis of calm and elegance in the heart of the medina." - Franz, London
  • "Relaxing holidays in style should all start from a place like this." - moroccochic
  • "The whole team is always at your service, making a stay at Dar Les Cigognes forever memorable" - Traditions of Luxury
  • "What an amazing place the riad is." - Anne
  • "The exclusive clientele make this the perfect haven after a busy day in the souks." - B International
  • "The real luxury of Dar Les Cigognes is the welcome and gentleness of the staff, always ready to cater to your every need" - Luxury Morocco
  • "This elegant boutique hotel is an oasis of tranquility amidst the hustle and bustle." - UrlaubTipp
  • "A gem in Marrakech with all the ingredients to appeal to those in search of pampering and privacy" - Portfolio
  • "A great team of friendly staff make you feel welcome from the first moment you step into the hotel." - Irish Daily Mail
  • "The architect has put all his talent to preserve the authenticity of the place of Dar Les Cigognes." - the Best of Marrakech
  • "Dar Les Cigognes shortlisted for Best Boutique Hotel in Africa by the World Travel Market One of the 49 Coolest Hotels in the world" - Cool Hotels
  • "A perfect stay in a perfect riad." - John & Anna, UK
  • "But the real luxury of Dar Les Cigognes is the hospitality and friendliness of staff." - Maroc, la Tradition du Luxe
  • "A modern day 1,001 nights" - Hello!
  • "After a minute I'd forgotten my cares." - Catherine
  • "Dar Les Cigognes is very relaxing and calm after the hectic, vibrant city outside it's walls." - Karl
  • "The design is so chic and cozy at the same time" - Elle
  • "Moorish magic- Dar Les Cigognes." - In
  • "Thank you for the impeccable service." - Jennifer & Particio
  • "Part careful restoration, part Saharan fantasy is wonderfully well-located" - Cadogan Guide
  • "Dar Lees Chiggers is like paradise on earth." - Martin, Germany
  • "A sanctuary from the vibrant bustle of Marrakech's streets." - AREA
  • "Oasis of calm-Dar Les Cigognes" - new metropolis
  • "Enjoy a luxurious treatment by Dar Les Cigognes." - Red
  • "The true beauty and many distinct facets of Moorish art come to life in this intimate boutique hotel" - Elle Decor
  • "We felt safe, comfortable and very happy in your wonderful hotel." - Charles & Christine, UK
  • "Dar Les Cigognes in the heart of the old town of Marrakech."" - Guide de Charme
  • "This bijou hotel is convenient for all the sites" - the chiccollection
  • "The storks create the perfect harmony at rooftop level" - Chantal
  • "Paradise for aficionados" - Smokers Club
  • "The jewel of 1001 nights" - Elle
  • "We couldn't have chosen a better spot to spend the nights." - Annette & Marianne, NL
  • "Dar Les Cigognes is offering everything for the senses." - Schweizer Illustrierte
  • "Dar Les Cigognes - it's one of Marrakech best-loved hotel." - Simpson travel
  • "Dar Les Cigognes in the heart of the historic medina." - International Inns, Resorts & Spas
  • "Beautiful place!" - Rene
  • "Real Moroccan, classy and stylish, this is the way it goes at Dar Les Cigognes in the Medina of Marrakech." - escapio
  • "Many thanks for making our first visit to marrakech a wonderful memory…" - Mark & Kylie, Luxemburg & Australia
  • "At night, the illuminated marble fountain brings life to the patio" - Couleurs 35 Marrakech
  • "Georgeous refuge from the medina" - Red
  • "Dar Les Cigognes is a gorgeous refuge." - Red
  • "A luxurious and relaxing refuge" - Elle Spain
  • "The staff made our trip like a dream." - Annemarie
  • "Beautiful Riad in the Medina of Marrakech with gorgeous rooms and a stunning roof terrace." - abenteuer und reisen
  • "One of the oldest and most elegant riad hotels in Marrakech" - reisemagazin.com
  • "Dar Les Cigognes- the perfect apres-shopping retreat." - Red
  • "Dar Les Cigognes - perfectly to feel like a princess from 1001 nights." - In
  • "A truly wonderful place to stay on our first visit to Morocco." - Kate & Mark, UK
  • "Dar Les Cigognes has been truly amazing!" - Mr. & Mrs. Rompson
  • "The Riad is beautiful and the staff were friendly and helpful, they couldn't do enough!" - Joanne & Vicoria, UK
  • "The most spectacular roof terraces of the city" - Elle
  • "Beautiful boutique hotel smack in the middle of the medina" - Daily Express
  • "Dar Les Cigognes quaint old-town palace in Marrakech." - Escapio
  • "We have loved every minute of our time in Marrakech." - Danielle & David
  • "Excellent taste and florid imagination have brought this beautiful hotel to life" - Architecture du Maroc
  • "Unique mix of traditions and modernity" - Elle
  • "A true idyll amongst the chaos" - Richard & Louise
  • "A super riad in the heart of bustling city" - Simon & Heidi
  • "One can only be blown away by the sumptuous tadelakt and ornate carved plaster" - Luxury Morocco
  • "Such attention to detail and so peaceful" - Sally & Philipe, France
  • "Master craftsmanship steered by the incomparable Charles Boccara. A true Oasis of Calm in Marrakech" - Architecture +
  • "A riad full of charm that totally breathes the atmosphere of Marrakech" - Jean-Philippe & Nicole
  • "A wonderful honeymoon, made perfect by a beautiful and shining place, and the most fantastic staff." - Mr. & Mrs Balcer
  • "In Dar Les Cigognes you relax royally." - SPA inside
  • "We loved Dar Les Cigognes and Marrakech." - Annabel, UK
  • "A chic boutique hotel with a quaint Moorish charm" - B International
  • "Experience of the world of 1001 nights in Dar Les Cigognes!"
  • "Dar Les Cigognes is a haven removed from the chaos, noise, and hustle of the city" - 50 Unforgettable Things to do Before you Die
  • "…the city's hotshot riad converter." - The Sunday Times
  • "Will allow you to feel like a Pasha on your vacation." - Escapio
  • "Thank you for a wonderful, memorable trip." - Joulyn Wong
  • "An ideal starting point for discoveries through Marrakech." - reisemagazin.com
  • "What a wonderful haven" - Lynn
  • "Dar Les Cigognes is a masterpiece of luxury in the heart of the city." - Moroccochic
  • "The Dar Les Cigognes pampers its guests with plenty of rest." - Chili
  • "If we are ever in Marrakech again we will certainly be staying here." - Equals & Sod ia, UK
  • "Small luxury hotel that bears the stamp of star architect Charles Boccara." - guide evasion
  • "A fabulously stylish hotel" - The Daily Telegraph
  • "Thank you for such a wonderful and relaxing time." - Richard & Sue, UK
  • "This place is like a dream." - Marlene & Carl
  • "Dar Les Cigognes- unforgettable" - Luxueux Maroc
  • "A luxury refuge" - Reise Aktuell
  • "Talk about an other world - to step the excitement city into the calm of the riad." - Lynn & Dave, UK
  • "Close to the sky" - Schweizer Illustrierte
  • "Privacy is queen here apart from the stories of long journeys of the storks from the terraces" - AM Architecture du maroc
  • "Exceptional attention to detail and professional staff" - Sean
  • "a fabulous haven" - Area
  • "Dar Les Cigognes has rooms full of charm and character" - Guide de Charme
  • "Service is just the start. Every detail counts" - The Independent
  • "The jewel from 1001 nights" - Reise aktuell
  • "Furnished with locally sourced carpets, tapestries, furniture and decorative items, it's an oasis of calm." - Harper's Bazaar
  • "11 rooms that take you on a ostentatious journey through Morocco." - Guide Evasion
  • "We have visited many hotels but Dar Les Cigognes was a miracle." - Chris & Willy
  • "A design temple with sumptuously comfortable interiors" - Condé Nast Traveler
  • "Stylish living- Dar Les Cigognes." - URLAUB TIPP
  • "The intimate atmosphere of the hammam should not be missed" - Gulliver
  • "Everything breathes luxury and good taste" - Geo Guide
  • "Each room tells a different story full of oriental charm and romance." - Elle
  • "Dar Les Cigognes stands out with its particularly well-conceived design." - Tablet talk
  • "Perfectly placed in the medina." - Kuoni
  • "Very kind and helpful staff." - Lesley & John
  • "A true oasis of luxury and calm" - VIP International Traveler
  • "An oasis of 1001 nights" - Domizil
  • "An eye catching interior" - Fodor's
  • "We would recommend this riad to anyone visiting Marrakech." - Society
  • "The riad has such a relaxing and serene ambiance." - Yolanda, Australia
  • "Chic as chips" - medlife
  • "1001 nights deluxe - The Sanssouci Collection" - tic.travel
  • "Dar Les Cigognes gets our vote every time." - The Sunday Times
  • "Welcome to paradise" - Marc
  • "It`s a peaceful respite from the hectic, chaotic life which is just a step away" - John & Co. UK
  • "The Sanssouci Collection attracts discerning gourmets and globetrotters into the enchanting city." - BOARDING.DK
  • "Excellent service, wonderful staff, made us feel at home." - M. To ulan
  • "Nid des Cigognes is a hidden gem" - Hg2
  • "You will find the beauty of a riad's private world." - Time Out
  • "A riad to be recommended." - Sue & Keitti
  • "We will come back with all our friends to show them this special place." - Diana
  • "A wonderful calm oasis in the middle of busy marrakech" - Rachael & Malt
  • "Thank you for a most wonderful stay in your beautiful riad." - David & Helen, UK
  • "A peaceful ambience that is immediately apparent" - Hedonist's Guide
  • "Intoxicate your senses at Dar Les Cigognes" - abenteuer und reisen
  • "A wellness temple" - In
  • "I will miss this place and I hope I will come back." - Jasmin
  • "The wonderful hotel and staff made our stay in Marrakech complete." - Milay
  • "Today this small oasis is considered as one of the most beautiful hotels in the world." - In
  • "Exquisite mother-of-pearl inlay furnishings contrast crisp white sheets and lush green walls" - Home Journal
  • "Thank you very much for looking after us so well." - Richard
  • "An oasis of luxury and calm" - Red
  • "Dar Les Cigognes is a rare treasure!" - Christopher
  • "Enjoy the fantastic food" - Privat Dining
  • "One of the most stylish and comfortable riads in Morocco" - Madame
  • "One of the best riads in Marrakech designed by one of Morocco's best architects." - Chic Retreats
  • "Dar Les Cigognes an oasis of luxury and calm." - Time out Marocco
  • "A fantastically beautiful hotel" - More Than Classic
  • "The dream of 1001 nights - Dar Les Cigognes"
  • "What stands out most about Dar Les Cigognes is the way it feels like an exclusive pleasure." - maroccochic
  • "The 17th century merchant's house still echoes with the gentle and beautiful atmosphere of the past." - Simpson Travel, Morocco
  • "A roof terrace with magnificent views of the Atlas Mountains." - House & Garden
  • "Skillfully and sensitively restored." - architecture+
  • "We have traveled to many parts of the world and this is one of the friendliest hotels ever!" - Dave & Mary, UK
  • "A very lovely and enchanting Riad." - Clare & Michael
  • "Wins our vote every time" - The Sunday Times
  • "The entry never indicates to the richness of the interior of Dar Les Cigognes." - Marrakech Express
  • "Dar Les Cigognes has been designed so as to make guests feel at home" - Bales Worldwide
  • "A boutique hotel boasting individually decorated rooms and excellent service" - Eyewitness Guide
  • "Stay at Dar Les Cigognes for a boutique-style rest in the exhilarating city of Marrakech." - greenprophet.com
  • "A charming riad that is a convenient and quiet oasis from which to explore the city" - House and Garden
  • "Thank you for making our time in this city so memorable." - Rebecca & William
  • "What an astonishing oasis of tranquility in the chaos of surrounding Marrakech!" - Nui Midonald
  • "One of the best boutique hotels of the Mediterranean" - Mediterranean Life
  • "An elegant and luxurious refuge" - Elle Decor
  • "One of the oldest and most elegant Riad hotels in Marrakech." - reisemagazin.com
  • "Voluptuously orientalist" - Couleurs Marrakech
  • "Unusually stunning -. Business Traveler
  • "A delightful and well-run medina riad hotel" - Privat Dining
  • "Anything that was good enough for the sultans, are bound to be good enough for us." - B International
  • "A lovely, laid-back place." - Richard
  • "Dar Les Cigognes in the heart of the ancient medina is where to stay in Marrakech." - Red
  • "On the rooftop is a view across to the Atlas" - Daily Express
  • "Multilingual staff are meticulous and attend quickly to guests every request." - maroccochic
  • "Silence and beauty surrounds the guest." - Der Tagesspiegel
  • "This is the best place to be." - Jan & Jolanda, NL
  • "The style oasis of Dar Les Cigognes is located in the Medina" - Seitenblicke
  • "Sophisticated elegance and style are the traits of this charming hotel." - Wand0travel.com
  • "The dark wood and creamy stone of Dar Les Cigognes illuminated with scores of candles are a picture of romance." - The Sunday Times
  • "A stylish sanctuary of peace and calm." - Red
  • "The attention to detail throughout is excellent." - Société perrier
  • "The architecture is amazing" - Tatler
  • "An oasis of Moroccan chic" - You and Your Wedding
  • "The intricate attention to detail is stunning" - The Evening Standard
  • "Dar Les Cigognes provides a very high level of comfort." - Chic Retreats
  • "I hope I'll come back soon. Thanks for the unforgettable holiday" - Sanne
  • "This is probably the most calm and relaxing guest house in the city" - Amanda, UK
  • "This has been an unforgettable and beautiful experience for all the senses!" - Katja, Finnland
  • "Visitors to Marrakech are spoilt for choice. Dar Les Cigognes is one of the best" - The Sunday Telegraph
  • "A hotel that hardly could be more intimate and stylish." - freundin.de
  • "Your Riad fulfilled our wildest expectations regarding luxury and hospitality." - Imgrid & Christer
  • "An inspirational hotel" - The Sunday Telegraph
  • "Dar Les Cigognes is something special" - Gabriele & Oliver
  • "Perfectly placed in the medina- Dar Les Cigognes" - Kuoni
  • "A perfect escape from the European winter." - John & Sue, UK
  • "Dar Les Cigognes is beautifully modern whilst staying true to a traditional cultural aesthetic." - AREA
  • "This is a beautiful and wonderful place to stay." - Andi, UK
  • "With an excellent chef, this is the place to try Moroccan specialties" - The Daily Mail
  • "Dar Les Cigognes captures the genius of Moorish civilization" - Asiana Wedding
  • "Excellent stay at this wonderful and quiet place." - Sophie
  • "Beautiful Riad, helpful and friendly staff" - Charlotte & Sean
  • "Dar Les Cigognes is truly a - Dar es Salaam - haven of peace." - Mary & John, UK
  • "Friendly staff and a warm welcome. Thank you for a wonderful time." - Mr & Mrs Knight
  • "We will recommend Marrakech and Dar Les Cigognes to everyone we know." - Joanne & Victoria
  • "The decor is amazing, truly magical, especially in the evening, by candlelight." - Clara, Prenatal & Rudy
  • "Secret Celebrity Hideaways" - Travel + Leisure
  • "Fairytale Wedding in boutique hotel Dar Les Cigognes" - honeymoontip
  • "Wonderful, peaceful experience, loved every minute of it." - Julia & Rob
  • "Dar Les Cigognes is a small jewel highlighting the multiple facets of Moorish art" - Michelin Guide
  • "romantic Moroccan nights at Dar Les Cigognes" - Daily Mirror
  • "A little jewel of a hotel in the heart of historic Marrakech" - Gulliver
  • "Sublimely chic" - Time Out
  • "We will come here over and over again to the riad of dreams" - Pam, UK
  • "The sunshine was wonderful, but your smiles outdid the sun by far." - Steve & Lynne, UK
  • "with its design it reflects the traditional Morocco" - Urlaub Tipp
  • "It's beautiful!" - Philip & Hannah
  • "Once being a princess" - Schweizer Illustrierte
  • "At Dar Les Cigognes you don't need a superstars bank balance to live the life of the blessed" - Mediterranean Life
  • "Here you can pamper yourself in a relaxed atmosphere and in traditional Moroccan ambience." - BOARDING.DK
  • "What a charming hood in the best part of town" - Sam, UK
  • "Anyone interested in Moroccan design will find it difficult to drag themselves away" - The Sunday Telegraph
  • "Dar Les Cigognes still oozes history, but has been sensitively updated by cult Morocco architect Charles Boccara." - In Style
  • "After traveling throughout the country, it was absolutely fantastic to end up our trip staying at Dar Les Cigognes." - Jesus, Mexico
  • "A magical place to stay." - Carel & Steve, UK
  • "Here in the stork house time remains to has stood still in the pre-industrial world." - Chili
  • "A masterpiece in Marrakech - Dar Les Cigognes" - Food and Travel
  • "Escape on a magic carpet to Marrakech and escape to Marrakech's finest new hotel" - Western Daily Press
  • "Out in the Medina rages haggle-madness, in the elegant designed riad there is magical peace." - In Style
  • "Luxurious atmosphere, unique charm and local authenticity." - BOARDING.DK
  • "A bon ton riad and veritable hotel du charme" - Maisons du Maroc
  • "Dar Les Cigognes is known for the best personal service." - Tourbillon
  • "After climbing up the tiled stairs, is there the paradise waiting." - Schweizer Illustrierte
  • "Beneficial coolness and tranquility surround the guest upon entry into the world of Dar Les Cigognes" - Elle
  • "Architecture that awakens the soul" - Architecture +
  • "Too good to be true: Dar Les Cigognes' plush interiors belie the hotel's friendly room rates" - Mediterranean Life
  • "Hidden behind a heavy wooden door with a knocker, there is the hotel-jewel Dar Les Cigognes." - ICON
  • "Moorish through and through, Dar Les Cigognes is the perfect wind-down spot following a hard day's bargaining in the souk." - medlife
  • "Peace and quiet amongst the chaos of this great city" - The Best of Marrakech
  • "Dar Les Cigognes is a small luxury hotel in the heart of the famous medina" - Western Daily Press
  • "Dar Les Cigognes- authentic flavour of Morocco" - Guide de Charme
  • "We pushed the door and it was magical!" - Monique & Peric
  • "Dar Les Cigognes is a stunning example of what the riads have to offer." - icsouthlondon.co.uk
  • "Dar Les Cigognes oozes history, but has been sensitively updated by cult architect Charles Boccara" - In Style
  • "A warm welcome with great service" - Hotels of Charm-Morocco
  • "The luxury hotel Dar Les Cigognes" - Reise aktuell
  • "Anyone interested in Morocco will find it difficult to drag themselves away" - The Sunday Telegraph
  • "Dar Les Cigognes is one of the best hotel by far." - youandyourwe
  • "Marrakech- so full of life and colour. A perfect moment in time at Dar Les Cigognes." - John & Caroline, UK
  • "The luxury hotel is the ideal starting point for exploring Marrakech." - escapio, Einzigartige Hotels
  • "The plant filled rooftop of this designer riad is the perfect spot to catch a few, last fleeting rays of sunshine of the year." - Red
  • "A mustn't miss! " - Abenteuer und reisen
  • "Thank you for a very restful stay in your beautiful, peaceful Riad." - Wquas & Sodia
  • "The way how the stars like it" - In
  • "In Dar Les Cigognes in Marrakech time seems to have stopped." - Chili
  • "The hammam treatment made us feel like royalty!" - Lena & Ezak, Florida
  • "Who would believe that behind that door in such a hectic street lies such a wonderfully calm and beautiful place." - Helen & Neil, UK
  • "A beautiful retreat in the heart of wonderful Marrakech." - Elli, Naomi & Nix, UK
  • "A charming superior first class riad with the intimacy, service and comfort of a boutique hotel." - Kuoni
  • "Oriental Pearl- Dar Les Cigognes" - freundin.de
  • "We found the true wonder - Dar Les Cigognes" - Carrie & Johnson, USA
  • "Stylish design of the Riad Dar Les Cigognes, a great luxury in a private intimate ambience." - Der Tagesspiegel
  • "Greets from the world of 1001 nights." - honeymoontip
  • "Moving from room to room is traveling, it's going from Black Africa to the desert of Mauritania. " - Couleurs Marrakech
  • "An enchanting beautiful, intimate boutique hotel." - Icon
  • "Our visit could not has been better." - Kiersten & Alexandria
  • "The Riad Dar Les Cigognes is a small city palace." - sierramar.ch
  • "Dar Les Cigognes is a unique and extraordinary destination." - Simon, Australia
  • "Dar Les Cigognes is a small jewel." - Hébergement
  • "There is a fabulous tranquility" - In Style
  • "Should be a place to see, feel and to enjoy." - Sabine
  • "Highlight of Marrakech -Dar Les Cigognes"" - In Style
  • "Dar Les Cigognes a heaven for romance." - the Australien
  • "A charming riad that is a convenient and quiet oasis from which to explore the city" - House and Garden.
  • "The heart of the ancient medina is where to stay in Marrakech and Dar Les Cigognes is a gorgeous refuge" - Red
  • "It's a beautiful person's natural habitat" - medlife
  • "... the entrance to paradise at Dar Les Cigognes." - Gaby
  • "Marrakech is a treasure trove of boutique hotels and romantic riads, but one of the best by far is Dar Les Cigognes" - You and Your Wedding
  • "Dar Les Cigognes is a Jewel!" - guests from NY
  • "We will definitely have to return again." - Amanda & Kristen
  • "A truly 6 Star experience!" - Penny, UK
  • "This award-winning true boutique Hotel ensuring private and individual experiences in Marrakech." - International Inns, Resort&Spas
  • "Dar Les Cigognes with great traditional home cooking." - Waitrose kitchen
  • "Fab place - throughly enjoyed it!" - Kellie, Ana & Max
  • "We loved our experience in Marrakech, especially our time at Dar Les Cigognes." - Lera & Ezak
  • "…such attention to detail and so peaceful!" - Sally, Phillippe & Franc
  • "We will return ""Inch Allah"" soon." - Francine, LA
  • "Your riad fulfilled our wildest expectations regarding luxury and hospitality!" - Imgrid & Christer, Sweden
  • "Dar Les Cigognes is a stunning example of what the riads have to offer" - Prestige Lifestyle
  • "Dar Les Cigognes is a 17th-century merchant's townhouse that has been converted into a bijou 11-room hotel in Marrakesh-trés chic" - The Times of London
  • "Spend a magical weekend in Marrakech at Dar Les Cigognes" - Living etc
  • "Dar Les Cigognes kitchen is one of the best in the city" - The Times
  • "Everyone and everything here were amazing." - Marcella & Stefano
  • "A wonderful idea- Dar Les Cigognes" - Only the best, Baden-Baden
  • "A charming place in a beautiful city." - Jorge, Madrid
  • "You have a lovely place and your staff is the best!" - Keirsten & Alexandria
  • "Renovated by legendary French architect Charles Boccara." - BAZAAR
  • "The food was amazing and the hamman a real experience!" - Caroline & Jan, UK
  • "Dar Les Cigognes is a luxurious little jewel" - Maroc, la tradition du luxe
  • "A luxury riad done in a traditional but modern style" - The Rough Guide
  • "We will tell all our friends about the excellent service and quaint oasis that we felt inside there walls." - Ken, USA
  • "This is like a dream come true, it is the most wonderful place I have stayed in and I have traveled the world" - Yvonne and Chris
  • "In the heart of the medina of Marrakech, Dar Les Cigognes." - Elle
  • "is characterized by luxurious but unostentatious accommodations" - New Hotels
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Morocco is a land of a thousand contrasts

A nation of incredible natural beauty, great creativity, and rich cultural history

Morocco, the land of the setting sun, is the Westernmost nation of Africa and of the Islamic World. Morocco is the Northwest corner of the African continent. Bounded to the East by three mountain ranges and the edges of the Sahara dessert, to the West by the Atlantic Ocean, to the North by the Mediterranean, and to the South by the desert, Morocco is blessed by fertile plains and oasis valleys. Marrakech is two hours inland from the coast, and 45 minutes North of the High Atlas Mountains, the tallest in North Africa.

With an incredibly rich continuous history, Morocco has seen the arrival of the Phoenicians and the Jews, the Romans and Visigoths, the Arabs, and finally those who came (Jews and Arabs) following the "Reconquista" of Spain. Even the Berbers, 70% of the population today, are thought to have originally come from Europe. This history is evident in the skin colour of the Moroccans, which ranges from darkest black to palest white.

Today, Morocco is a modern, open, and tolerant society. The government is a constitutional Monarchy. The Royal Family are the Alaouites, and are distinguished for being the oldest monarchical family in the world still on the throne. While many dynasties preceded them, the Alaouites have ruled Morocco for nearly 500 years.

Islam is the principal religion, with 98% of the population. There are, however, important communities of Christians and Jews, particularly in Casablanca, but also scattered across Morocco. The King is the leader of the faithful in Morocco and plays an important role in the spiritual and political life of the nation.

Morocco welcomes visitors with open arms, and you needn't look far to find the warmth and welcome of the people. Whimsical and creative, Moroccans are always ready to share their ancient culture with you, and always with a smile.

There are a great many "worth the trip" sites and places to go all over Morocco, and we would be delighted to help you plan your visit, organize a car and driver or other transport, guides, other hotels, and to give you tips and suggestions along the way. Some ideas might include:

Marrakech

Essaouira

Agadir

Ouarzazate

Zagora

Fes

Meknes

Casablanca

Tangiers

Tetouan

Oujda

Calendar of Festivals

These are some of the events that take place throughout the year in Morocco. For a more complete list, consult the website indicated below:

For a full listing of cultural events in Morocco, please visit: Moroccan Tourism.

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