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