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