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