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