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  • "Excellent taste and florid imagination have brought this beautiful hotel to life" - Architecture du Maroc
  • "Dar Les Cigognes is very relaxing and calm after the hectic, vibrant city outside it's walls." - Karl
  • "Dar Les Cigognes is a haven removed from the chaos, noise, and hustle of the city" - 50 Unforgettable Things to do Before you Die
  • "It's a beautiful person's natural habitat" - medlife
  • "A boutique hotel boasting individually decorated rooms and excellent service" - Eyewitness Guide
  • "Magic lies above the courtyard with bubbling fountains and golden lanterns, tranquility and beauty embrace the guest." - Icon
  • "Privacy is queen here apart from the stories of long journeys of the storks from the terraces" - AM Architecture du maroc
  • "One can only be blown away by the sumptuous tadelakt and ornate carved plaster" - Luxury Morocco
  • "is characterized by luxurious but unostentatious accommodations" - New Hotels
  • "Renovated by legendary French architect Charles Boccara." - BAZAAR
  • "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
  • "Once being a princess" - Schweizer Illustrierte
  • "A true oasis of luxury and calm" - VIP International Traveler
  • "Escape on a magic carpet to Marrakech and escape to Marrakech's finest new hotel" - Western Daily Press
  • "Dar Les Cigognes has been truly amazing!" - Mr. & Mrs. Rompson
  • "An oasis of calm and elegance in the heart of the medina." - Franz, London
  • "Oasis of calm-Dar Les Cigognes" - new metropolis
  • "The staff made our trip like a dream." - Annemarie
  • "A chic boutique hotel with a quaint Moorish charm" - B International
  • "A charming riad that is a convenient and quiet oasis from which to explore the city" - House and Garden
  • "Visitors to Marrakech are spoilt for choice. Dar Les Cigognes is one of the best" - The Sunday Telegraph
  • "The heart of the ancient medina is where to stay in Marrakech and Dar Les Cigognes is a gorgeous refuge" - Red
  • "The storks create the perfect harmony at rooftop level" - Chantal
  • "Fairytale Wedding in boutique hotel Dar Les Cigognes" - honeymoontip
  • "Fab place - throughly enjoyed it!" - Kellie, Ana & Max
  • "Hidden behind a heavy wooden door with a knocker, there is the hotel-jewel Dar Les Cigognes." - ICON
  • "Skillfully and sensitively restored." - architecture+
  • "One of the most stylish and comfortable riads in Morocco" - Madame
  • "Dar Les Cigognes an oasis of luxury and calm." - Time out Marocco
  • "Out in the Medina rages haggle-madness, in the elegant designed riad there is magical peace." - In Style
  • "Dar Les Cigognes provides a very high level of comfort." - Chic Retreats
  • "We loved our experience in Marrakech, especially our time at Dar Les Cigognes." - Lera & Ezak
  • "Dar Les Cigognes- unforgettable" - Luxueux Maroc
  • "Friendly staff and a warm welcome. Thank you for a wonderful time." - Mr & Mrs Knight
  • "The decor is amazing, truly magical, especially in the evening, by candlelight." - Clara, Prenatal & Rudy
  • "Perfectly placed in the medina- Dar Les Cigognes" - Kuoni
  • "Dar Les Cigognes a heaven for romance." - the Australien
  • "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
  • "An eye catching interior" - Fodor's
  • "The Riad Dar Les Cigognes is a small city palace." - sierramar.ch
  • "The attention to detail throughout is excellent." - Société perrier
  • "The whole team is always at your service, making a stay at Dar Les Cigognes forever memorable" - Traditions of Luxury
  • "We couldn't have chosen a better spot to spend the nights." - Annette & Marianne, NL
  • "The Riad is beautiful and the staff were friendly and helpful, they couldn't do enough!" - Joanne & Vicoria, UK
  • "Talk about an other world - to step the excitement city into the calm of the riad." - Lynn & Dave, UK
  • "…such attention to detail and so peaceful!" - Sally, Phillippe & Franc
  • "Beautiful boutique hotel smack in the middle of the medina" - Daily Express
  • "The architect has put all his talent to preserve the authenticity of the place of Dar Les Cigognes." - the Best of Marrakech
  • "A modern day 1,001 nights" - Hello!
  • "An oasis of 1001 nights" - Domizil
  • "One of the oldest and most elegant riad hotels in Marrakech" - reisemagazin.com
  • "Dar Les Cigognes is one of the best hotel by far." - youandyourwe
  • "Exquisite mother-of-pearl inlay furnishings contrast crisp white sheets and lush green walls" - Home Journal
  • "Dar Les Cigognes with great traditional home cooking." - Waitrose kitchen
  • "We have magical memories to take home." - Richmond & Sue, UK
  • "Thank you for such a wonderful and relaxing time." - Richard & Sue, UK
  • "Perfectly placed in the medina." - Kuoni
  • "Anyone interested in Morocco will find it difficult to drag themselves away" - The Sunday Telegraph
  • "Dar Les Cigognes is a unique and extraordinary destination." - Simon, Australia
  • "... the entrance to paradise at Dar Les Cigognes." - Gaby
  • "Anything that was good enough for the sultans, are bound to be good enough for us." - B International
  • "Luxurious atmosphere, unique charm and local authenticity." - BOARDING.DK
  • "In the heart of the medina of Marrakech, Dar Les Cigognes." - Elle
  • "Relaxing holidays in style should all start from a place like this." - moroccochic
  • "Excellent service, wonderful staff, made us feel at home." - M. To ulan
  • "Architecture that awakens the soul" - Architecture +
  • "A fabulously stylish hotel" - The Daily Telegraph
  • "A hotel that hardly could be more intimate and stylish." - freundin.de
  • "What a wonderful haven" - Lynn
  • "A wonderful idea- Dar Les Cigognes" - Only the best, Baden-Baden
  • "Most romantic weekend we've ever had!" - Suzanne & Jason
  • "Beautiful Riad in the Medina of Marrakech with gorgeous rooms and a stunning roof terrace." - abenteuer und reisen
  • "Dar Les Cigognes in the heart of the old town of Marrakech."" - Guide de Charme
  • "This is the best place to be." - Jan & Jolanda, NL
  • "The wonderful hotel and staff made our stay in Marrakech complete." - Milay
  • "The exclusive clientele make this the perfect haven after a busy day in the souks." - B International
  • "A riad to be recommended." - Sue & Keitti
  • "A charming place in a beautiful city." - Jorge, Madrid
  • "with its design it reflects the traditional Morocco" - Urlaub Tipp
  • "…the city's hotshot riad converter." - The Sunday Times
  • "We pushed the door and it was magical!" - Monique & Peric
  • "The 17th century merchant's house still echoes with the gentle and beautiful atmosphere of the past." - Simpson Travel, Morocco
  • "Unusually stunning -. Business Traveler
  • "A masterpiece in Marrakech - Dar Les Cigognes" - Food and Travel
  • "Chic as chips" - medlife
  • "Beautiful Riad, helpful and friendly staff" - Charlotte & Sean
  • "A wellness temple" - In
  • "I will miss this place and I hope I will come back." - Jasmin
  • "Greets from the world of 1001 nights." - honeymoontip
  • "Close to the sky" - Schweizer Illustrierte
  • "We will come back with all our friends to show them this special place." - Diana
  • "The riad has such a relaxing and serene ambiance." - Yolanda, Australia
  • "A truly wonderful place to stay on our first visit to Morocco." - Kate & Mark, UK
  • "A wonderful honeymoon, made perfect by a beautiful and shining place, and the most fantastic staff." - Mr. & Mrs Balcer
  • "A roof terrace with magnificent views of the Atlas Mountains." - House & Garden
  • "It's hard to beat the exotic appeal of Dar Les Cigognes" - The Daily Mail
  • "But the real luxury of Dar Les Cigognes is the hospitality and friendliness of staff." - Maroc, la Tradition du Luxe
  • "Dar Les Cigognes - it's one of Marrakech best-loved hotel." - Simpson travel
  • "Dar Les Cigognes still oozes history, but has been sensitively updated by cult Morocco architect Charles Boccara." - In Style
  • "Very kind and helpful staff." - Lesley & John
  • "Furnished with locally sourced carpets, tapestries, furniture and decorative items, it's an oasis of calm." - Harper's Bazaar
  • "The sunshine was wonderful, but your smiles outdid the sun by far." - Steve & Lynne, UK
  • "This elegant boutique hotel is an oasis of tranquility amidst the hustle and bustle." - UrlaubTipp
  • "Today this small oasis is considered as one of the most beautiful hotels in the world." - In
  • "Beneficial coolness and tranquility surround the guest upon entry into the world of Dar Les Cigognes" - Elle
  • "Thank you for making our time in this city so memorable." - Rebecca & William
  • "A perfect stay in a perfect riad." - John & Anna, UK
  • "Here you can pamper yourself in a relaxed atmosphere and in traditional Moroccan ambience." - BOARDING.DK
  • "Paradise for aficionados" - Smokers Club
  • "A stylish sanctuary of peace and calm." - Red
  • "Stylish living- Dar Les Cigognes." - URLAUB TIPP
  • "One of the best riads in Marrakech designed by one of Morocco's best architects." - Chic Retreats
  • "This is probably the most calm and relaxing guest house in the city" - Amanda, UK
  • "The jewel of 1001 nights" - Elle
  • "Who would believe that behind that door in such a hectic street lies such a wonderfully calm and beautiful place." - Helen & Neil, UK
  • "Experience of the world of 1001 nights in Dar Les Cigognes!"
  • "A fantastically beautiful hotel" - More Than Classic
  • "Your riad fulfilled our wildest expectations regarding luxury and hospitality!" - Imgrid & Christer, Sweden
  • "Dar Les Cigognes kitchen is one of the best in the city" - The Times
  • "Thank you for a wonderful, memorable trip." - Joulyn Wong
  • "Dar Les Cigognes quaint old-town palace in Marrakech." - Escapio
  • "In Dar Les Cigognes in Marrakech time seems to have stopped." - Chili
  • "Peace and quiet amongst the chaos of this great city" - The Best of Marrakech
  • "You will find the beauty of a riad's private world." - Time Out
  • "Master craftsmanship steered by the incomparable Charles Boccara. A true Oasis of Calm in Marrakech" - Architecture +
  • "Too good to be true: Dar Les Cigognes' plush interiors belie the hotel's friendly room rates" - Mediterranean Life
  • "It's beautiful!" - Philip & Hannah
  • "The style oasis of Dar Les Cigognes is located in the Medina" - Seitenblicke
  • "Dar Les Cigognes is a small jewel." - Hébergement
  • "Dar Les Cigognes has been designed so as to make guests feel at home" - Bales Worldwide
  • "Spend a magical weekend in Marrakech at Dar Les Cigognes" - Living etc
  • "Excellent stay at this wonderful and quiet place." - Sophie
  • "Each guest's request is satisfied before you have expressed it." - Tourbillon
  • "Dar Lees Chiggers is like paradise on earth." - Martin, Germany
  • "A super riad in the heart of bustling city" - Simon & Heidi
  • "What a charming hood in the best part of town" - Sam, UK
  • "The food was amazing and the hamman a real experience!" - Caroline & Jan, UK
  • "Everyone and everything here were amazing." - Marcella & Stefano
  • "Dar Les Cigognes - perfectly to feel like a princess from 1001 nights." - In
  • "Sophisticated elegance and style are the traits of this charming hotel." - Wand0travel.com
  • "Service is just the start. Every detail counts" - The Independent
  • "This place is like a dream." - Marlene & Carl
  • "We felt safe, comfortable and very happy in your wonderful hotel." - Charles & Christine, UK
  • "A charming superior first class riad with the intimacy, service and comfort of a boutique hotel." - Kuoni
  • "If we are ever in Marrakech again we will certainly be staying here." - Equals & Sod ia, UK
  • "A mustn't miss! " - Abenteuer und reisen
  • "We will come here over and over again to the riad of dreams" - Pam, UK
  • "There is a fabulous tranquility" - In Style
  • "Enjoy the fantastic food" - Privat Dining
  • "At Dar Les Cigognes you don't need a superstars bank balance to live the life of the blessed" - 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
  • "The Dar Les Cigognes pampers its guests with plenty of rest." - Chili
  • "What an astonishing oasis of tranquility in the chaos of surrounding Marrakech!" - Nui Midonald
  • "A bon ton riad and veritable hotel du charme" - Maisons du Maroc
  • "A peaceful ambience that is immediately apparent" - Hedonist's Guide
  • "Georgeous refuge from the medina" - Red
  • "The most spectacular roof terraces of the city" - Elle
  • "An oasis of luxury and calm" - Red
  • "The intimate atmosphere of the hammam should not be missed" - Gulliver
  • "Will allow you to feel like a Pasha on your vacation." - Escapio
  • "Should be a place to see, feel and to enjoy." - Sabine
  • "The architecture is amazing" - Tatler
  • "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
  • "Thank you for a very restful stay in your beautiful, peaceful Riad." - Wquas & Sodia
  • "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
  • "What an amazing place the riad is." - Anne
  • "It`s a peaceful respite from the hectic, chaotic life which is just a step away" - John & Co. UK
  • "Thank you for a most wonderful stay in your beautiful riad." - David & Helen, UK
  • "A wonderful calm oasis in the middle of busy marrakech" - Rachael & Malt
  • "11 rooms that take you on a ostentatious journey through Morocco." - Guide Evasion
  • "On the rooftop is a view across to the Atlas" - Daily Express
  • "A gem in Marrakech with all the ingredients to appeal to those in search of pampering and privacy" - Portfolio
  • "An enchanting beautiful, intimate boutique hotel." - Icon
  • "Thank you very much for looking after us so well." - Richard
  • "After climbing up the tiled stairs, is there the paradise waiting." - Schweizer Illustrierte
  • "A riad full of charm that totally breathes the atmosphere of Marrakech" - Jean-Philippe & Nicole
  • "Wins our vote every time" - The Sunday Times
  • "A great team of friendly staff make you feel welcome from the first moment you step into the hotel." - Irish Daily Mail
  • "We will definitely have to return again." - Amanda & Kristen
  • "Each room tells a different story full of oriental charm and romance." - Elle
  • "Voluptuously orientalist" - Couleurs Marrakech
  • "Here in the stork house time remains to has stood still in the pre-industrial world." - Chili
  • "This is a beautiful and wonderful place to stay." - Andi, UK
  • "Exceptional attention to detail and professional staff" - Sean
  • "A luxury riad done in a traditional but modern style" - The Rough Guide
  • "Dar Les Cigognes is offering everything for the senses." - Schweizer Illustrierte
  • "Many thanks for making our first visit to marrakech a wonderful memory…" - Mark & Kylie, Luxemburg & Australia
  • "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
  • "Our visit could not has been better." - Kiersten & Alexandria
  • "Secret Celebrity Hideaways" - Travel + Leisure
  • "Dar Les Cigognes- authentic flavour of Morocco" - Guide de Charme
  • "Dar Les Cigognes is known for the best personal service." - Tourbillon
  • "A truly 6 Star experience!" - Penny, UK
  • "An oasis of Moroccan chic" - You and Your Wedding
  • "A sanctuary from the vibrant bustle of Marrakech's streets." - AREA
  • "Dar Les Cigognes- the perfect apres-shopping retreat." - Red
  • "Stay at Dar Les Cigognes for a boutique-style rest in the exhilarating city of Marrakech." - greenprophet.com
  • "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 shortlisted for Best Boutique Hotel in Africa by the World Travel Market One of the 49 Coolest Hotels in the world" - Cool Hotels
  • "Dar Les Cigognes is a luxurious little jewel" - Maroc, la tradition du luxe
  • "The jewel from 1001 nights" - Reise aktuell
  • "We will return ""Inch Allah"" soon." - Francine, LA
  • "Silence and beauty surrounds the guest." - Der Tagesspiegel
  • "Dar Les Cigognes is a rare treasure!" - Christopher
  • "Thank you for the impeccable service." - Jennifer & Particio
  • "A luxury refuge" - Reise Aktuell
  • "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
  • "Dar Les Cigognes in the heart of the historic medina." - International Inns, Resorts & Spas
  • "After traveling throughout the country, it was absolutely fantastic to end up our trip staying at Dar Les Cigognes." - Jesus, Mexico
  • "One of the oldest and most elegant Riad hotels in Marrakech." - reisemagazin.com
  • "At night, the illuminated marble fountain brings life to the patio" - Couleurs 35 Marrakech
  • "Welcome to paradise" - Marc
  • "A magical place to stay." - Carel & Steve, UK
  • "Multilingual staff are meticulous and attend quickly to guests every request." - maroccochic
  • "An elegant and luxurious refuge" - Elle Decor
  • "Moorish magic- Dar Les Cigognes." - In
  • "Part careful restoration, part Saharan fantasy is wonderfully well-located" - Cadogan Guide
  • "The way how the stars like it" - In
  • "Dar Les Cigognes is a Jewel!" - guests from NY
  • "A delightful and well-run medina riad hotel" - Privat Dining
  • "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 luxurious and relaxing refuge" - Elle Spain
  • "Moving from room to room is traveling, it's going from Black Africa to the desert of Mauritania. " - Couleurs Marrakech
  • "The Sanssouci Collection attracts discerning gourmets and globetrotters into the enchanting city." - BOARDING.DK
  • "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
  • "This award-winning true boutique Hotel ensuring private and individual experiences in Marrakech." - International Inns, Resort&Spas
  • "Wonderful, peaceful experience, loved every minute of it." - Julia & Rob
  • "Such attention to detail and so peaceful" - Sally & Philipe, France
  • "Dar Les Cigognes is truly a - Dar es Salaam - haven of peace." - Mary & John, UK
  • "Dar Les Cigognes stands out with its particularly well-conceived design." - Tablet talk
  • "We have visited many hotels but Dar Les Cigognes was a miracle." - Chris & Willy
  • "Marrakech- so full of life and colour. A perfect moment in time at Dar Les Cigognes." - John & Caroline, UK
  • "Enjoy a luxurious treatment by Dar Les Cigognes." - Red
  • "Dar Les Cigognes is something special" - Gabriele & Oliver
  • "We have traveled to many parts of the world and this is one of the friendliest hotels ever!" - Dave & Mary, UK
  • "Simply fantastic!" - Chris, Spain
  • "Dar Les Cigognes is beautifully modern whilst staying true to a traditional cultural aesthetic." - AREA
  • "Beautiful place!" - Rene
  • "We have had the most wonderful time" - Simon & Edward, Australia
  • "The true beauty and many distinct facets of Moorish art come to life in this intimate boutique hotel" - Elle Decor
  • "This has been an unforgettable and beautiful experience for all the senses!" - Katja, Finnland
  • "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 masterpiece of luxury in the heart of the city." - Moroccochic
  • "A true idyll amongst the chaos" - Richard & Louise
  • "A lovely, laid-back place." - Richard
  • "After a minute I'd forgotten my cares." - Catherine
  • "We will recommend Marrakech and Dar Les Cigognes to everyone we know." - Joanne & Victoria
  • "Dar Les Cigognes gets our vote every time." - The Sunday Times
  • "This bijou hotel is convenient for all the sites" - the chiccollection
  • "We have loved every minute of our time in Marrakech." - Danielle & David
  • "We will tell all our friends about the excellent service and quaint oasis that we felt inside there walls." - Ken, USA
  • "Anyone interested in Moroccan design will find it difficult to drag themselves away" - The Sunday Telegraph
  • "Dar Les Cigognes is a small luxury hotel in the heart of the famous medina" - Western Daily Press
  • "This was the best place to be." - Jan & Jolanda
  • "An inspirational hotel" - The Sunday Telegraph
  • "A beautiful retreat in the heart of wonderful Marrakech." - Elli, Naomi & Nix, UK
  • "Stylish design of the Riad Dar Les Cigognes, a great luxury in a private intimate ambience." - Der Tagesspiegel
  • "Intoxicate your senses at Dar Les Cigognes" - abenteuer und reisen
  • "We found the true wonder - Dar Les Cigognes" - Carrie & Johnson, USA
  • "Nid des Cigognes is a hidden gem" - Hg2
  • "A design temple with sumptuously comfortable interiors" - Condé Nast Traveler
  • "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
  • "Dar Les Cigognes in the heart of the ancient medina is where to stay in Marrakech." - Red
  • "The dream of 1001 nights - Dar Les Cigognes"
  • "a fabulous haven" - Area
  • "Everything breathes luxury and good taste" - Geo Guide
  • "A charming riad that is a convenient and quiet oasis from which to explore the city" - House and Garden.
  • "A perfect escape from the European winter." - John & Sue, UK
  • "Dar Les Cigognes captures the genius of Moorish civilization" - Asiana Wedding
  • "Oriental Pearl- Dar Les Cigognes" - freundin.de
  • "The design is so chic and cozy at the same time" - Elle
  • "In Dar Les Cigognes you relax royally." - SPA inside
  • "The luxury hotel Dar Les Cigognes" - Reise aktuell
  • "Sublimely chic" - Time Out
  • "Small luxury hotel that bears the stamp of star architect Charles Boccara." - guide evasion
  • "An ideal starting point for discoveries through Marrakech." - reisemagazin.com
  • "Dar Les Cigognes is a gorgeous refuge." - Red
  • "A little jewel of a hotel in the heart of historic Marrakech" - Gulliver
  • "Dar Les Cigognes is a small jewel highlighting the multiple facets of Moorish art" - Michelin Guide
  • "A very lovely and enchanting Riad." - Clare & Michael
  • "Highlight of Marrakech -Dar Les Cigognes"" - In Style
  • "Behind the blank walls lies a world of tranquility" - The Sunday Telegraph
  • "Your Riad fulfilled our wildest expectations regarding luxury and hospitality." - Imgrid & Christer
  • "You have a lovely place and your staff is the best!" - Keirsten & Alexandria
  • "We would recommend this riad to anyone visiting Marrakech." - Society
  • "romantic Moroccan nights at Dar Les Cigognes" - Daily Mirror
  • "1001 nights deluxe - The Sanssouci Collection" - tic.travel
  • "Unique mix of traditions and modernity" - Elle
  • "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 warm welcome with great service" - Hotels of Charm-Morocco
  • "Dar Les Cigognes has rooms full of charm and character" - Guide de Charme
  • "Dar Les Cigognes is a stunning example of what the riads have to offer" - Prestige Lifestyle
  • "We loved Dar Les Cigognes and Marrakech." - Annabel, UK
  • "The hammam treatment made us feel like royalty!" - Lena & Ezak, Florida
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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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