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