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

A wealth of information and helpful sites to satisfy your curiosity

Morocco is a fascinating and exciting country.  Below you will find some further information and a list of books we have found particularly good reading.

RIADS

The riad, one of the architectural gems of Moroccan culture, can be found throughout North Africa and even in Spain, in those Moorish cities like Cordoba and Granada. Riads were born from a culture that believed that wealth should be hidden from view, that it was the interior world that was the world of riches. This echoed the spiritual side, and this style of design can be found throughout the muslim world, but nowhere has it reached such heights of brilliance in interior design as in Marrakech.

Marrakech was many times the centre of the Moorish world, its culture, and civilization. The Moroccan imprint was deep and lasting. The food and culture of Spain, Portugal, and Latin America show the ancient traces of the Moors in their art, architecture, design, cuisine, and culture to this day. You will find riads not just all over Spain, but in Mexico, and further afield.

SOCIETY

Fernea, Elizabeth.  A Street In Marrakech.  A readable account of an American family moving into a traditional part of Marrakesh and getting acquainted with their Moroccan neighbors. Gives you an idea what's going on behind some of those doors you may pass in the Marrakesh medina.

Munson, Henry The House Of Si Abd Allah: The Oral History Of A Moroccan Family.  A wonderful picture of contemporary Moroccan society presented through quotes of an older illiterate man and his young educated niece as they each describe their lives and relatives.

Rosen, Lawrence. Bargaining For Reality.  Complex and wonderfully accurate picture of how Moroccan society functions, centered around individuals and how they define and negotiate -- rather than merely perceive -- reality. And you thought one only bargains for rugs!

Waterbury, John North For The Trade; The Life & Times Of A Berber Merchant.  Focusing on one man, describes the widespread phenomenon of southern Berber merchants who control the grocery business in Arab parts of Morocco.

Islam And Democracy, An interesting and readable discussion of how early Islam was democratic and how and when it changed.  Introduction focuses on the 1991 Gulf War.

HISTORY

Maxwell, Gavin.  Lords Of The Atlas.  Lively account of the colorful leader, the Glaoui, who held parts of the High Atlas mountains against the Sultan earlier this century. Visitors will probably see ruins of one of his many palaces; the Krupp cannon that made it all possible is on display in one in the center of Ouarzazate.

Mernissi, Fatima.  Dreams Of Trespass:  Tales Of A Harem Girlhood.  Beautifully-written semi-autobiographical description of growing up as a young woman in Fes in the 1940s.

Porch, Douglas.  The Conquest Of Morocco.  A lively description of the French takeover in the early 1900s, described by the author as "...a story of people, of chaos, villany, glory, misery, violence, greed, avarice and maladministration.”

The Blue Guide to Morocco.  Probably the best and most complete overview of the cultural/historical sites of the country.

CULTURE

Dennis, Landt and Lisl Morocco: Design From Casablanca To Marrakesh

Harris, Walter.   The Morocco That Was.  A London Times Correspondent writes about Morocco at the turn of the century, before the French protectorate; he lived in Tangier for 30 years.

Parker, Richard B. A Practical Guide To Islamic Monuments In Morocco.  A former ambassador to Morocco discusses Islamic architecture and many of the monuments. Useful book for the do-it-yourself tourist who is interested in history and monuments.

Pickering, Brooke, Pickering, W. R, and Yohe, R..  Moroccan Carpets.  A book with gorgeous photos of various styles of Moroccan carpets, and maps of the areas they come from.

COOKERY

Wolfert, Paul.  Moroccan Cuisine.  Quite possibly the best Moroccan cookbook ever written.

Lenderking, E.P..  Tanjia Marrakchia.

Morse, Kitty Cooking at the Kasbah.  Beautiful photos and cultural ambience add to the recipes, many of which are not found elsewhere, especially some of the Moroccan Jewish dishes.

LITERATURE

Abouzeid, Leila.  Year Of The Elephant.  This historical and novel describes a Moroccan woman’s courageous actions in the Moroccan Resistance in the 1950s, contrasting them with her relationship with her husband.

Ardizzone, Tony.  Larabi’s Ox.  This collection of loosely connected stories of Americans in today’s Morocco draws attention to many interesting aspects of the culture, several that a traveler might encounter.  It grew out of the author’s stay as a Fulbright scholar there.

Benjelloun, Tahar.  The Sand Child.  Won the prestigious Goncourt Prize for literature.  Other books by this author include:
The Sacred Night
Silent Day in Tangiers
With Downcast Eyes
Corruption
The Last Friend
Leaving Tangier

Paul Bowles was an American writer and composer, born in 1911, who lived most of his life in Morocco.  Gore Vidal has said "His short stories are among the best ever written by an American".  Many of his novels and short stories attempt to capture the thoughts and feelings of illiterate Moroccans.  His Western characters are often drawn to the uncanny aspects of the culture. 

The Sheltering Sky
Collected Stories 1939-1976
Let It Come Down
Five Eyes

Gellner.  Ernest Saints Of The Atlas.  Describes the political and social roles of local saints (an anomaly in orthodox Islam), in Southern Morocco. A scholarly book, but this phenomenon will interest serious students of Islam.

Pickthall, Mohamed Marmaduke The Meaning Of The Glorious Koran.  A widely-used English translation of the Muslim holy book. 

LANGUAGE

Bacon, Dan.   Lonely Planet Moroccan Arabic Phrasebook.  Good for the traveler who just needs a few essential phrases.

Harrell, Richard S. A.  Basic Course In Moroccan Arabic.  An excellent introduction for those who wish to go further

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