Review: Hotel Riad Mamouche

Hotel in Merzouga

Thanks to the tourism generated by the Erg Chebbi dunes, hotels in the Saharan region of South Morocco are not hard to come by. In the larger towns of Rissani and Erfoud there are plenty of big hotels to choose from, but these are still a fair drive away from…

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Camel Trek and Camping in Merzouga, Morocco

Large sand dune in the Moroccan Sahara desert

Hassan was an aging berber with a beaming smile under a bushy moustache, a couple of missing teeth and glinting black eyes. We met him at 4am, bleery eyed and blinking in the dim dawn light outside our hotel, and his cheeriness felt like an assult. He showed us how…

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Morocco – Day Six – The Sahara

On Sunday morning we woke up late, still stiff from the day before and utterly disorientated. Visions of dirt tracks and narrow alleys in the darkness swam before my eyes from the night before. Wandering outside, we found the quiet courtyard of our hotel, brimming with rose bushes and smelling…

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Cascades d’Ouzoud

Cascades d'Ouzoud

I wrote about the Ouzoud Falls, or Cascades d’Ouzoud, in my last post, but as they are just so pretty I thought I’d include a few more of my photographs. The Ouzoud Falls – ouzoud meaning olive in Berber – are located in the Azilal district in the Atlas mountains around 150km…

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Day Three – Cascades d’Ouzoud

Cascades d’Ouzoud

When it comes to getting out of Marrakech, there are a host of excursions and day trips to choose from. Morocco is an enormous country with a rich and diverse topography, so it seems a shame to stay in just one place. Everywhere we looked in Marrakech, someone was offering…

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Les Jardins Majorelle

Jardins Majorelle in Marrakech

When the pink and terracotta walls of the red city start to overheat your senses, visit the Majorelle Gardens to reinvigorate yourself. With its cooling colour palette, green pools and shaded walkways, this is the perfect place to chill-out in Marrakech. The idea of visiting a garden may sound a…

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Getting Lost in Marrakech: Saadian Tombs and Bahia Palace

In general, the first afternoon wasn’t our best in Morocco. After an incredible morning of discovery we wanted to keep going, and packed so much into the day that it all became a tad overwhelming. It started out great. After grabbing a light lunch of pastries from a shop near…

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Exploring the Souqs and Djemma El Fna in Marrakech

Morocco - Photos From the Souqs

Lately I’ve been missing Moroccan breakfasts, which are essentially my perfect meal. On the first morning, we sat at mosaic-tiled patio furniture in the peaceful courtyard of our Riad, and stuffed our faces with freshly squeezed orange juice, sweet mint tea, and a selection of breads and cakes. Moroccan bread, which…

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Arriving in Marrakech

Motorbike, Marrakech, Morocco

Pink, dusty, and loud. That’s how I’d summarise Marrakech, a city which bewitched and exasperated me in equal measure. It was beautiful, it was chaotic, it was frequently frustrating… it intoxicated me.  Our arrival in Marrakech was like a beautiful, surreal nightmare. We touched down just after sunset, and immediately…

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