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