The riad is located in a lively neighborhood a few steps from the famous Jemaa El Fna square, around which the Medina develops. It could be considered the vital and characteristic center of the city. The appearance of the square changes during the day: in the morning and afternoon it is home to a vast open-air market, with stalls selling the most varied goods (from fabrics to dates, orange juice, ostrich eggs etc. ) and "professionals" dedicated to many activities: decorators with henna, fortune tellers, herbalists, cavadenti, players, snake charmers.
Later the square becomes more crowded and Chleuh dancers, storytellers (whose stories are in Berber or Arabic for a local audience), musicians and magicians arrive. Towards evening the stalls withdraw and banquets with avole and benches take over to eat freshly prepared food.
In the immediate vicinity, restaurants and coffee bars, the shops of the souq, many of the most famous points of interest in the city, such as the Bahia Palace, the Saadian Tombs, Medersa Ben Youssef. Don' t miss enjoying a sunset from the terraces of the coffee bars of the Jema El square Fnaa.
Dar Karilaan is the ideal place to discover the wonders of the red city and from which to go on a tour around the country.
1.Airport/Transportation in Marrakech
Flights to Marrakech arrive at Menara Airport (RAK). A valid passport is required for entry into Morocco, currently for Americans visas are not required for visits less than 90 days
We recommend our guests to take out travel insurance before traveling.
2.Tipping in Morocco
Morocco has a big tipping culture and it is expected that you tip anyone you assists you (whether that help was wanted or not). Be sure to carry plenty of coins and small bills.
4. Dress for Women
Marrakech tends to accepting of Western attire but as Morocco is a Muslim country women are advised to dress conservatively. So what should you wear in Morocco? We suggest making sure your knees and shoulders are covered, a scarf to cover up if will be chilly in the evening.
5.Weather in Marrakech
Marrakech is a popular destination with nearly year round sunshine. Summers (June-September) can get quite hot with temperature near 100 degrees F while the winter months can get chilly with night time temps dipping into the 30 degree F range. March-May and September-October are generally pleasant with highs in the 70 degree F and 80 F degree.
6.Buying Moroccan Rugs in Marrakech
Many of our guests arrive in Marrakech aware of not wanting to buy a carpet ....
We would like to share with you a funny anecdote, which one of our guest, Lynda, sent us on her return home ...
'Our tour guide took us to the cooperative and I fully expected to enjoy the demonstration while sipping my mint tea and continuing on my way. I'm not sure if it was the intricate Berber motifs or the softness of camel wool, but soon I found myself the proud owner of a Moroccan carpet and I absolutely love it. '
7.BE SMART IN MEDINA
Scams are an unfortunate part of life in the Medina, often in the form of unsolicited help with directions, telling tourists that the street they are on is closed or “tannery tours” , all of which will then demand a payment for their services.
The winding streets of the Medina can be overwhelming for a first time visitor, we recommend hiring a guide for your first afternoon or morning out to get a feel for the city as well learn about the history and culture of Marrakech.
8. You Will Get Lost
With the narrow winding streets of the Medina and little signage the chances of you getting lost at some point is fairly high. Paper maps provided by us, immediately mark you as a tourist, a better option is to download an offline map (Maps.me). Beware of unsolicited advice for directions (see sugestions above), if you must ask for directions your best bet is asking a shopkeeper or restaurant staff.
9. Food in Marrakech
Food in Marrakech is a feast for all the senses. The souks are lined with rows of sweet oranges, plump dates and countless varieties of olives while the air is heavy with the scent of intensely fragrant spices from the spice market. You can’t leave Marrakech without having a tagine; a stew, usually with chicken, lamb, beef or vegetables cooked and served in a clay pot of the same name. Eating is one of the best ways to experience Marrakech and our personal favorite is 'tanjia' (succulent lamb slow roasted in clay pots for hours in underground ovens).
16. Alcohol in Marrakech
Being a Muslim country alcohol is not prevelant though you can increasingly find wine, beer and cocktails in restaurants and hotels catering to tourists (often at exhorbitant prices). Surprisingly there are even a handful of Moroccan vineyards producing Spanish style wines. Drinking to the point of intoxication (especially in public) is highly frowned upon.
18. JeMMA EL FNA
When night falls Marrakech’s main square comes alive in what’s some call the greatest show on Earth. One of North Africa’s oldest and busiest market squares it is home to a dizzying array of dancers, magicians and storytellers vying for your attention (and dirham) as well as food vendors hawking a variety of Moroccan specialties. Of note, the animals you see with the snake charmers and dancing monkey acts are usually poorly treated and it’s best not to patronize these acts.
20. top attractions
Ben Youssef Madersa
One of the most popular sites in Marrakech, the Ben Youssef Madersa previously served as a center for Islamic learning for over 400 years. Today visitors marvel at the intricately carved Moorish walls and stunning tile mosaics.
Once a private retreat for famed French designer Yves Saint Laurent the Majorelle Gardens are a beautiful mix of Berber and French cultures and provide a calming respite from the hustle of Marrakech.
Le Jardin Secret
An oasis from the chaos of the Medina, this beautifully restored courtyard features stunning tile work and lush gardens.
Considered one of the most lavish palaces in Marrakech, Bahia Palace features expansive courtyards, lush gardens and ornate architecture.