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