Marrakech and The Bougmez Valley

Eco-lodge centre-based walking in the charming Central Atlas of Morocco

8

days

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From $820 Land only

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Holiday Overview

Highlights

  • Stay in the beautifully designed Touda Berber Eco Lodge
  • The Happy Valley, Ouzoud Waterfalls and Lake Izourar
  • Enjoy a variety of walks in an undiscovered area of Morocco
  • Explore Djemaa el Fna and the magical heart of Marrakech

Tucked away amongst the high ridges of the Central Atlas of Morocco and below the beautiful peak of Mgoun, the hidden and almost secretive Bougmez Valley has managed to preserve a traditional way of life that closely follows the seasons.  Based on agriculture, the herding of livestock and the local customs of the Berber, this is the perfect place for a centre-based walking holiday which offers a true cultural experience.  We are proud to say that our walking base is the superb Touda Berber Eco Lodge, which protects and promotes the local Berber culture.  Famed for its excellent cuisine, the lodge has an open kitchen and guests are warmly encouraged to take part in the preparation of dinner if they so wish.  With comfortable en-suite rooms and lovely terraces, this family-run guesthouse offers all the comforts of home, whilst providing an authentic taste of Berber culture. During the walking we explore an unspoilt corner of the Bougmez or Happy Valley due to the friendliness of the local people.  After starting out with a short orientation walk after our arrival at the lodge, we will enjoy 3 days of walking through vibrant green fields, Berber villages, fortified granaries, across sparkling streams and beneath the rolling hills and high peaks of the Central Atlas. After the charming Bougmez Valley we head back to Marrakech via the spectacular Ouzoud Waterfalls.  A full day at leisure ensures plenty of time to soak up the atmosphere of one of the most fascinating cities in Africa. If you are looking to explore on foot a hidden side to Morocco whilst experiencing traditional accommodation, fantastic cuisine and time to explore magical Marrakech then this walking holiday is the perfect choice!  

 

A Genuine Small Group Experience - The Secret of Our Success IN Morocco

We are proud to say that our holidays in Morocco are limited to a maximum group size of 12, ensuring we leave only our footprints on the trails whilst enjoying a genuine small group adventure. We've been taking our clients walking, trekking and mountaineering for almost thirty years so we know the ingredients of a good guide and a successful group adventure.   Those who are new to trekking in Morocco will take particular comfort in the presence of our experienced Moroccan guides, who we believe are the best in the business.

The Bougmez VAlley Eco-Lodge Experience

This charming accommodation is a meeting place of cultures where each room is given a female name to reflect the importance of women in the Berber household.  The name Touda comes from the name of the owners mother and was built using traditional materials between 2008 and 2009.  The main focus is to promote responsible tourism in the valley by the use of complete solar energy, responsible water managment and the planting of vegetable gardens and landscaping plants.  A welcoming open kitchen encourages guests to learn about Moroccan cooking and the small library houses books on the subject of Berber culture.  The lodge has a traditional hamman and a complementary session is provided as part of the overall experience.  Depending on the weather, meals are taken out on one of the sunny terraces that overlook the majestic Mgoun range or in the colourful dining room areas.  Part of the overall experience is the relaxing pace of life and family run atmosphere of the lodge.              

Is this holiday for you?

This walking holiday in the Bougmez Valley of Morocco's Central Atlas mountains does not include any difficult or sustained trekking and consists of a flexible programme of day walks. The selected walks will be at a relatively moderate altitude and for the most part, will follow good trails between villages. You should be comfortable with walking for up to 5 hours each day at a moderate pace. This holiday should be well within the capabilities of anyone of average fitness. Staying in the relative luxury of the Touda eco-lodge means that it is very easy to take a day off from any of the walks.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Marrkech. Complimentary transfers from Marrakech Airport are provided.
  • Transfer to the Bougmez Valley. Afternoon walk to the Ecolodge via the village of Zawyat Oulmzi.
  • First day of walking in and around the Bougmez Valley.
  • Second day of walking in and around the Bougmez Valley.
  • Final day of walking in and around the Bougmez Valley.
  • Time to explore the spectacular Ouzoud waterfalls. Transfer to Marrakech.
  • Day at leisure and time to explore Marrakech.
  • Departure Day. Complimentary transfers to Marrakech Airport are provided.
2016
Sat 13 Feb - Sat 20 Feb Code BVW /01/16/ Adult$820 Status Limited Availability Call Us
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2017
Sat 25 Mar - Sat 01 Apr Code BVW /01/17/ Adult$820 Status Available Book now
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  • This tour begins on Sat 25 Mar and departs on Sat 01 Apr
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Sat 29 Apr - Sat 06 May Code BVW /02/17/ Adult$820 Status Available Book now
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  • The departure reference for this tour is BVW /02/17/
  • This tour begins on Sat 29 Apr and departs on Sat 06 May
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Sat 10 Jun - Sat 17 Jun Code BVW /03/17/ Adult$820 Status Available Book now
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  • The departure reference for this tour is BVW /03/17/
  • This tour begins on Sat 10 Jun and departs on Sat 17 Jun
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $245
We sell this holiday on a Land Only basis and recommend that you book your flights to Marrakech Airport, which is approximately 15 minutes drive away from the group hotel in downtown Marrakech. Please refer to the 'Joining Arrangements and Transfers' section of the holiday dossier for further details.

Flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you have received your booking confirmation and the trip is showing 'Guaranteed to Run' or 'Limited'.

If flying from the UK there are a number of low cost airlines offering flights to Marrakech. These include Easyjet who have flights from London, Manchester & Glasgow, Thomson Airways who have flights from London, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol & Glasgow and Ryanair who have flights from London. Click on the 'Flight information' link below for further information on booking low cost airlines. Alternatively if you would prefer to book a 'flight inclusive package' using scheduled airlines from the UK please contact our flights department for a quote. Whilst flight prices are likely to be more expensive you will benefit from full financial protection.


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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Marrkech. Complimentary transfers from Marrakech Airport are provided.

    On arrival in Marrakech you will be met by a KE representative who will assist with the short transfer to the group hotel in the city. Depending on your flight arrival time, after settling in you may wish to explore the centre. Marrakech is a friendly city and quite easy to get around and most people head for the central square of the Djemaa-el-Fna beneath the imposing tower of the Koutoubia Mosque. KE Land Only package services begin with the evening meal taken at the group hotel or a nearby restaurant. The trip leader will give a briefing during dinner.

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  • Transfer to the Bougmez Valley. Afternoon walk to the Ecolodge via the village of Zawyat Oulmzi.

    After breakfast in the hotel we load our bags onto the transport and begin the journey to the Central Atlas. In a short time we’re beyond the Marrakech hustle and bustle and travelling on good tarmac roads through the farmlands of the Moroccan countryside. After approximately 4 hours we reach the crest of the pass, Tizi n'Tirghsit (2629m) overlooking the fertile Bougmez Valley. After a picnic lunch, we leave our vehicles and walk for 2-3 hours downhill following a herders trail to the village of Zawyat Oulmzi (2100m). This will be our first encounter with the cheerful and friendly inhabitants of the area whose demeanour has earned their home the nickname of ‘Happy Valley’. Just a little way uphill from this village is our base for the next three days, the charming Touda Berber Lodge.

    • Accommodation Ecolodge

    • Meals bld

  • First day of walking in and around the Bougmez Valley.

    Over the next three days we will have a variety of guided day walks from our base and the final itinerary will be determined by your guide on a day to day basis. From our base there are a wide range of walking trails available and below we have given a brief outline of a few possibilites. The beauty of the EcoLodge is its lovely location and rural surroundings, and as it's centre-based on any given day you are free to opt out of the day’s walk to make a shorter walk by yourself, or simply relax and enjoy the incredibly tranquil setting. Possible walk option 1 - Ascent of Ait Ourit. We follow a trail through forests of Oak on the south side of the valley to the western flank of Jebel Azourki. Here we make a gradual ascent of the ridge rising to the top of Ait Ourit (2920m.) for splendid views over the valley. From the summit we descend to the Tizi n'Tirghist and follow the trail down to the valley and back to the Touda eco-lodge.

    • Accommodation Ecolodge

    • Meals bld

  • Second day of walking in and around the Bougmez Valley.

    Possible walk option 2 - Lake Izourar. From our Berber lodge, the path heads up the valley through fields and then through juniper forest. As we climb higher the landscape becomes more arid and rocky although still sporting a surprising amount of scrub vegetation and alpine flowers. Eventually we emerge into an ancient glacial valley which contains Lake Izouzar below the slopes of Jebel Azourki (3677m). The lake is very shallow and after winters with little snow, can sometimes dry up completely. Around the lake is good grazing and we may see the tents of the semi-nomadic Ait Atta herdsmen who each year set up their camps on the shores of Lake Izourar. From the lake we retrace our steps back to our base.

    • Accommodation Ecolodge

    • Meals bld

  • Final day of walking in and around the Bougmez Valley.

    Possible walk option 3 - The Bougmez Valley. A walk through ‘Happy Valley’ to the main market village of Tabant. The trail meanders through fields and walnut groves, past small farms and traditional village houses. Above the village of Iwaliwen are rocks containing dinosaur footprints. We will also pass the communal grain store at Sidi Moussa. Perched on top of a low hill, this fortified granary takes the form of a circular tower with four look-out turrets. A spiral staircase inside gives access to the upper floors as well as the roof. Inside the granary is also the tomb of a holy man said to have performed miracles. Today villagers will go to Sidi Moussa to pray and leave offerings at the shrine. Arriving in Tabant we will have some free time to look around the markets and perhaps take some refreshing Moroccan tea before travelling back to the lodge by taxi.

    • Accommodation Ecolodge

    • Meals bld

  • Time to explore the spectacular Ouzoud waterfalls. Transfer to Marrakech.

    We will drive back to Marrakech by way of the Ouzoud Waterfalls above the village of Tanaghmeilt. Ouzoud is the Berber word for olives and the falls are accessed by a pleasant path which meanders through olive groves. At 110 metres high, the waterfalls are quite spectacular, dropping in a series of separate cascades over ochre rock into a verdant gorge below. We will take our lunch at a small restaurant at the foot of the falls before continuing to Marrakech where we check into our hotel. After freshening up we can head out to watch the Djemma-el-Fna come alive before enjoying dinner in a local restaurant.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

  • Day at leisure and time to explore Marrakech.

    A day at leisure to explore and enjoy this famous North African city. A must-do is a wander through the colourful ‘souk’ where alleys and squares are devoted to copper beating, leather, spices, hand-woven rugs and more. Despite the initial maze of alleys, the souk is easy to naviagate and part of the fun is meeting the stall holders. Marrakech has some interesting gardens such as the Agdal, the Menara Gardens and the famed garden of Yves St.Laurent - the Majorelle. In the late afternoon and early evening it is well worth visiting the central square of the Djemaa-el-Fna. At around 4 pm each evening this large open square becomes the focus of activities for local people and tourists alike. In the evening we will meet up with the leader and the group for our final dinner together.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

  • Departure Day. Complimentary transfers to Marrakech Airport are provided.

    KE group package services end after breakfast. For those clients with evening flights the remainder of the day is free to explore the streets, souks and colourful sights of Marrakech. Complimentary airport transfers are provided.

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Holiday Information

  • An experienced professional local leader
  • Marrakech Airport transfers (on first and last day of itinerary)
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described in the trip dossier
  • All meals
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Tips for local staff
  • Miscellaneous expenses - souvenirs and drinks etc

Meals provided during the week will be a mixture of local and international dishes. Breakfasts are generally continental in style, with tea and coffee, orange juice, cereals including muesli, bread, jam, honey and cheese. During the walks a morning snack is also provided and this is usually a Moroccan 'trail mix' of dried figs and dates, peanuts, sugar coated peanuts and other nuts.  Lunch will be provided by the lodge either taken there or as a packed lunch which you carry with you on the walk and enjoy along the trail.  Dinner at the Eco Lodge is a traditional affair starting off with soup and fresh bread followed by a main course of usually rice, pasta, cous-cous or spaghetti with a vegetable stew (or tagine) consisting of some of the following - onion, potato, carrot, green pepper, zucchini, turnip, parsnip. green beans, peas. There will be some meat (usually chicken, lamb or beef) and all dishes come with traditional sauces which are rarely spicy.   Vegetarians don't go hungry in Morocco due to the abundance of vegetable dishes. Desserts usually consist of fruit, mostly fresh but sometimes tinned, including pineapple, apricot, pears, peaches or mixed. To round off dinner, there is the usual range of hot drinks. While staying in Marrakech we will take our meals in the hotel or at local restaurants.

All meals are included in the holiday price from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 8.
All clients arriving on day 1 and departing on day 8 will be provided with an airport transfer free of charge. You MUST provide your full flight details and should let us know if you do NOT wish to have an airport transfer . Clients intending to make their own transfer arrangements at Marrakech Airport should note that taxis are available outside the arrivals hall at all times. They are equipped with meters but most taxi drivers are reluctant to use them and you should either insist on a meter or agree the fare before setting off. The standard fare to the city in a "petit taxi" should be no more than £6 though you may have to pay a little more if arriving late at night. The airport is approximately 4 miles from the city and the journey takes 10 - 15 minutes.
During this trip the group will spend 3 nights at a standard tourist class hotel in Marrakech. While in the Bougmez Valley we will spend 4 nights in the Touda Eco-lodge. The lodge is purpose built in traditional style but with modern conveniences and ecologically sustainable power sources and waste management. Accommodation here is in double, twin or triple rooms with private bathroom. Hot water for showers is available (heating is via solar energy). The lodge also has a large dining room, comfortable lounge areas and an open fireplace. Outside there is seating on terraces with extensive views. All accommodation is based on twin or triple share. If you are travelling alone you will be paired with another single traveller of the same sex. Depending on availability, single accommodation may be available at supplementary cost. Additional hotel nights in Marrakech are also available. For hotel prices and single supplement costs please refer to the dates and prices page of the trip on our website. Hotels are subject to availability and prices may vary.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

The group will be led by an experienced professional English-speaking Moroccan guide.

Approximately £100 (or equivalent in US dollars or Euros) should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses. This amount will cover tips for the local, soft drinks, snacks etc, and also lunches in Marrakech if you should happen to arrive early in the day or depart late in the day. Marrakech is a great place for souvenir buying and all major credit cards are accepted. If you are intending to buy expensive items, you should budget accordingly. It is not necessary to purchase Moroccan currency (Dirham) outside the country. You can withdraw money in local currency from ATM’s in Marrakech or your travel money can be carried in the form of cash (Sterling, Euros and US dollars are easily exchanged). Please note that it can be difficult and time-consuming to exchange travellers cheques at banks in Morocco, and commission payments are often very high.

Tips are the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ to your local guides and porters. They do not form part of their wages and any tips they receive are seen as a personal thank you from group members. For our part, we advise local teams that tips are not a duty or a prerequisite but are a bonus and entirely dependent on the service that was given. For your trek crew we recommend that you give a tip if you feel that their services have met your satisfaction. We will provide guidelines on how much to tip the local staff along with your joining instructions but it should be remembered that this is your ‘thank-you’ to the crew and the final amount should be decided by the group. We estimate that approximately £25 per group member should provide an appropriate level of tips. However, for the KE leader, we leave the tipping amount totally at your own discretion.

There is no weight restriction on this trip other than imposed by your international carrier. However, we ask you to restrict your luggage to one main bag (your KE trek bag) and a small daypack. Your main baggage will be transferred to the Touda eco-lodge by vehicle. Travel clothes can also be left at the group hotel in Marrakech.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

The altitudes attained on this holiday are not extreme and the maximum altitude attained is no more than the equivalent of a pressurised cabin on an international flight. You may ‘feel’ the altitude the first time you trek above 2000 metres but all that is required is a slower pace to compensate. You should pay particular attention to your hydration levels while trekking above 2000 metres.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

You must bring the following items:

  • Comfortable shoes or boots for hiking

  • Socks

  • Trainers or sandals

  • Trekking trousers

  • Lightweight waterproof over-trousers

  • Underwear

  • Shirts (2 short sleeve, 2 long sleeve)

  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper (for evenings outside)

  • Lightweight waterproof jacket

  • Sunhat

  • Warm hat

  • Sunglasses

  • Lightweight gloves

  • Daypack 20 litres

  • Water bottles 1 Litre

  • Headtorch and spare batteries

  • Washbag and toiletries

  • Antibacterial handwash

  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)

  • Small padlock (to lock your KE kit bag)

  • Basic First Aid Kit including: Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, Insect repellent (DEET), and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).

The following items are optional:

  • Shorts

  • Trekking poles (recommended)

  • Camera

  • Travel clothes

  • Toilet roll

  • Books / kindle

  • Pen-knife (note: always pack sharp objects in hold baggage)

  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)

 

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

Visa Morocco

UK and USA passport holders do not require a visa for short stays.

You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella, along with hepatitis A and typhoid. A good online resource is Travel Health Pro.

The unit of currency in Morocco is the Dhiram.

We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

http://www.worldstandards.eu/electricity/plugs-and-sockets/

It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a walking holiday getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. This is not a difficult or sustained trek but to complete all the day walks you should be comfortable with walking up to 5 or 6 hours each day. We would suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime prior to coming on the holiday. Jogging, squash and swimming are good for developing better stamina. Before departure, we suggest that you try to fit in a number of long walks in hilly country.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: www.fco.gov.uk. North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: www.travel.state.gov for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

It is very hot in Marrakech in the summer months. During late July and August temperatures in Marrakech can reach 40ºC (over 100°F). In May and June and in early September maximum daytime temperatures in Marrakech are more likely to be low thirties Centigrade / high eighties Fahrenheit dropping to around 17ºC / 63°F at night. In the Bougmez Valley at around 2000 metres we can expect daytime temperatures around 20 to 25ºC / 68 to 77°F. In April and October temperatures will be generally cooler by around 5 to 7 degrees Centigrade / 8 to 12 Fahrenheit. The weather is usually fine at the time of our scheduled departures. However, weather in mountainous areas is notoriously difficult to predict, and rain or even short-lived storms can occur at any time of the year and you must be prepared for extremes of climate.

  • Lonely Planet Guide – Morocco.
  • The Rough Guide to Morocco.
  • Trekking in the Moroccan Atlas. Richard Knight (Trailblazer Publications)
  • Moroccan Arabic phrasebook. Lonely Planet. Dan Bacon
Mgoun Massif, Central High Atlas Mountains 1:100,000 Series. West Col Productions

A map designed for trekkers showing relief by ridge lines, spot and peak heights. Roads, tracks and paths are clearly shown and villages are also marked. Latitude and longitude margin ticks are at 20’ intervals. The map is approximately centred on Mgoun and covers an area measuring approx 80km E-W and 50 km N-S.

Extend Your Holiday

Imperial Cities of Morocco

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Imperial Cities of Morocco

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Essaouira Riad and Coast

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Into the Sahara Desert

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Marrakech History & Gardens

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Golden Tulip

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Riad Villa Harmonie

From $91 per room per night Located in the heart of the historic medina and just a short walk from the Djema El Fna, Riad Villa Harmonie is a beautifully restored riad. Built around 2 patios, with palm and orange trees, banana plants and roof-top terrace, this is the ideal place to relax away from the hustle and bustle of the city, but close enough to explore the souks and medina on foot. Rooms are decorated in traditional Moroccan style with modern comforts and private bathrooms. There are 3 different grades of room available depending on size, facilities and location.

Riad Slitine

From $157 per room per night Riad Slitine is in the heart of the medina, close to the Bahia and Badi Palaces, the Tombs of the Saadian Kings. The building dates back to the 17th century and has been recently refurbished in style. The house, built around four patios, has a swimming pool ideal for cooling off in the heat of the Moroccan summer. Complete with hammam, beauty treatments and jacuzzi, the Riad Slitine is truly luxurious. Riad Slitine has 16 luxury, air-conditioned rooms and suites, all with modern comforts including mini-bar, hair-dryers and wifi. Prices are reflective of room size, location and facilities.

Riad Petit Prince

From $113 per room per night Situated in the heart of Marrakech between the central Djema el-Fna and the new town of Gueliz, this family-run riad offers a serene and cosy atmosphere in the middle of bustling Marrakech. Riad du Petit Prince is comfortable and stylish with its leafy terraced seating areas and refreshing plunge pool in the shade of the courtyard. The restaurant serves both Moroccan and European meals. One advantage of staying here is that you are just as close to the shops, restaurants and clubs of the modern French quarters as you are to the Djema el Fna Square. There are 3 grades of room available. Massages are available (additional cost).

Riad Aladdin

From $122 per room per night Backing on to the Badi Palace in the medina, Riad Aladdin consists of three riads linked by a beautiful terrace where you can watch storks gliding to their nests in the Palace ramparts. With its terraces and comfortable lounges, there are many inviting nooks and crannies to escape the busy day. The 17 rooms are spread around the patios, each with its own Moroccan style. In summer you will appreciate the cool of the patio with its shady shutters, and in winter, the warmth of the hammam and the gentle breeze on the terrace. All rooms have air-conditioning and there are 3 different grades available.

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