Tag Archives: Morocco

Auberge Dardara, Chefchaouen

  We stayed at the Auberge Dardara for four nights. Here are a few photos and thoughts that we made whilst there, and at the bottom of this review you can find a video that’ll give you a further idea of the hotel If you ever hear of the Auberge Dardara on TripAdvisor or the Lonely Planet/etc guidebooks they always mention the quality of the food and that you should treat yourself to a meal here if you’re ever in Chefchaouen. In the listings, it’s the number one recommended restaurant in…

Kasbah Ellouze, Tamdaght, Morocco

Location – The Kasbah Ellouze sits next to the ancient kasbah of Tamdaght, on the edge of the village overlooking the extensive gardens that stretch half a mile or so to the distant riverbed and mountains. We approached the kasbah on foot up the valley from Aït Benhaddou. It took about three hours (it was only 5km but we didn’t rush as it was so scenic, and we were walking on sand most of the way) although most guests arrive by private car or taxi along a sealed road. Here’s the…

Riad Baraka, Chefchaouen

We stayed at the Riad Baraka for five nights. Here are a few photos and observations that we made during our stay, and at the bottom of this review is a video that’ll give you a further idea of the hotel. If you take any advice at all from us regarding a backpacking tour of Morocco, please make it this; if at all possible, visit the Riad Baraka in Chefchaouen and speak to the owners, Joe and Trevor, before doing anything else in the country. You can get to the…

Palais Amani Hotel, Fez

We stayed at the Palais Amani for three nights. Here are a few photos and observations that we made during our stay, and at the bottom of this review is a video that’ll give you a further idea of the hotel. There are no signs pointing to the Palais Amani but when you see the Pension Dalila, take the small alleyway on the left of the building. It’s literally no more than 10 minutes walk from the very centre of the old city, or a taxi can drop you 2 minutes…

Riad Dar Bensouda, Fez

We stayed at Riad Dar Bensouda for seven nights. Here are a few photos and observations that we made during our stay, and at the bottom of this review is a video that’ll give you a further idea of the hotel. Location: We took 20 minutes to walk to the door from the bus station. We didn’t need a guide and if you want to go on your own, follow these directions. Walk straight down Talaa Seghira, one of the the main alleyways of the old city, and when you…

Riad Idrissy, Fez

We only stayed at the Riad Idrissy for one night so there’s no video review as there usually is with our hotel reviews, just this collection of images we snapped on the evening of arrival and morning of departure, and a few notes to help you get an impression of the place. Location – Most riads in the old city of Fez are impossible to find alone, you really do need somebody from the riad to come out and meet you at one of the many city gates, but we…

The Ruined Garden Restaurant, Fez

The Ruined Garden restaurant is part of the Riad Idrissy (the Idrissy isn’t sign posted from the main alleyway but the Ruined Garden is) set-up. We stayed in the Idrissy for one night and ate at the Ruined Garden as it was highly recommend online. Robert, the owner from England and Sue, an Australian who helps him out, greeted us and showed us to a leafy, private alcove. The place felt relaxed and individual; a little bit of laid back Europe in an otherwise frequently uptight city. This wasn’t a place trying to live…

Experiences in Morocco

This article is meant to be read in conjunction with our guides to Morocco. We hope it doesn’t seem unfairly critical of Morocco or the Moroccan people, it’s just an honest guide of what’s happened to us during our travels in the country. To put our experiences into some sort of context, we are both Muslims (Lamia’s brown skinned and I’m white), speak a little Egyptian Arabic, dress modestly, are polite and try to travel as slowly and sensitively as possible. We’re not 5 star rich or bargain basement poor and we…

Riad Dar Baraka & Karam, Marrakech

Just 5 minutes walk from the royal palace and 10 minutes from Bab Doukkala and the main bus station, in a very relaxed part of the medina, the quiet alleyways leading to Dar Baraka and Karam (they are 2 separate places to stay, under the same management of Marrakech Riads and joined by a connecting door) ready you for the utter tranquility that awaits inside the Baraka. A darkened entrance hallway leads out onto a silent courtyard above which the building reaches for 2 storeys. Apart from the call to…

Kui-Zin Restaurant, Marrakech

Kui-Zin is a cafe/restaurant that opened late 2013 in the heart of the medina. Ideally placed as either a lunch or dinner stop after a tour of the souks it offers an inventive mix of foods and also a relaxed atmosphere. There are other cafes in the medina but none, in our experience, are as friendly or clean as Kui-Zin or offer as interesting a mix of dishes. They also have free wifi and a choice of sitting by the large windows and watching the medina life go by or…