A Traditional Riad With A Contemporary Twist

Riad design

The New Extension To Riad 72, Marrakech I wanted to write about the new addition to Riad 72 after my visit in September last year but I was sworn to secrecy as it was still a work in progress.  The new section, an ancient Riad adjacent to the existing Riad is now open for business […]

Ben Youssef Madrasa Marrakech

Ben Youssef Madrasa

The Ben Youssef Madrasa was the largest Islamic theological college in Morocco.  It was founded in the 14th century by the Marinid Sultan Abu al-Hassan and further developed by Sultan Abdallah al-Ghalib in the 16th century in order to rival the madrasas of Fez. It’s a wonderful example of Moorish architecture, with its carved Atlas […]

Le Jardin Secret Marrakech

Le Jardin Secret

Marrakech’s Secret Garden Tucked away behind 30 foot walls on Rue Mouassine in the Medina is Le Jardin Secret, Marrakech’s Secret Garden.  It’s a place to escape the hustle and bustle of the medina and take refuge in the tranquil courtyard gardens of one of Marrakech’s largest and oldest riads. The Story Behind Le Jardin […]

Maud’s Travels – Marrakech Part 1

Mint tea Marrakech

 Marrakech Part 1 – Day 1 The Souks Marrakech is one of my favourite cities. I am drawn to its souks bursting with crafts, the creativity of the artisans, the architecture, the fragrant tagines and sweet, sticky, pastries and its welcoming people.  It’s only a short flight from the UK so it’s the perfect destination […]

Riad Due Marrakech

painted chest riad due marrakech maud interiors

Riad Due a hip boutique hotel in the Marrakech Medina Riad Due is a boutique hotel tucked away in the Marrakech Medina.  It’s a typical Riad set around a courtyard with rooms facing inward but it has been elegantly restored and decorated by Italian owner Giovanna Cinel, who also owns Riad 72.  The Riad has […]

Create Your Own Moroccan Hammam Experience

Moroccan hammam Riad 72

  If you are visiting Morocco I recommend you try a hammam either a private one at your riad or the nearest public one.  It’s essentially the Middle Eastern version of the steam room and its origins date back to Roman times.   Visiting a hammam is part of Moroccan life and men, women and […]

Riad 72 Marrakech

Where to stay in Marrakech: Riad 72   If you are planning a short break to Marrakech I recommend staying in a Riad in the Medina rather than a large hotel in a newer part of town.  It’s the best way to soak up the atmosphere, get a sense of the history and the architecture […]

Baking bread in the Medina

  Communal Bread Ovens in the Medina, Marrakech   Moroccan bread or Khobz, is an important part of the country’s cuisine.  It’s a flatbread, made with white or wholewheat flour with a thick crust and it’s served at every meal.   It is used like a utensil to scoop food and  to soak up the […]