Riad Bahia Salam
61 Avenue Hommane El Fatouaki, Arest Lamaach, Marrakech, 40000, Morocco
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Orange juice stalls by night, Djemaa el-Fna
'Djemaa el Fna' Square, Marrakesh
ceilings with beautiful colours and patterns
meriem or mabrouka
hi - can anyone help - am torn between these 2 riads - can anyone reccomend one - I've heard that meriem is diffecult to find - it this correct?
RE: meriem or mabrouka
As far as it being difficult to find -
Meriem is on 97 Derb El Cadi - only five minutes from the Djem Il Fenn action.
Here's a map to their place
http://www.riadmeriem.com/marrakech-riad.html (under 'situation')
Apparently they give directions on booking so here's the number in case you didn't have it
Show Contact Numbers
tel: +212 (0)24 38 77 31/+32 47 386 3702
fax: +212 (0)24 37 77 62
Travel Tips for Marrakesh
High Atlas, Ourika Valley
From Marrakesh it's easy to visit the High Atlas and the Ourika Valley.
The Ourika Valley is at an one-hours drive south of Marrakesh. The Jebel Toubkal ( 4167M) is just west of the Ourika Valley.
From the Ourika Valley you can easily reach Oukaimeden, a ski-resort in winter time.
In 1975 I made a nice donkey ride in the mountains near Oukaimeden. In 2000 we stayed in the valley and visited a local Berber house.
Good for a drink, bad value sandwiches
This cafe on a small square next to the carpet souk has a terrace downstairs and on the roof. Great views, great place to stop for a drink at the regular touristprices (10 dh for tea or a softdrink). However, beware the sandwiches! Especially the 'vegetariana' is bad value at 40 dh for a dry piece of bread with a scraping of avocado and two slices of tomato. No really - nothing else included.
If you are hungry, walk for another 5 minutes until you reach the Jmaa el Fna and have a nice tajine, couscous or omelet at Chez Chegrouni, for the same price. A Coca cola with rooftop views.
Haven in the city
These gardens were easily my favourite of the sights we saw in Marrakesh. This may be because we visited them before my injury, when I was able to explore them properly, but I am confident they would have been high up my list in any case. They are simply stunning, and even the large crowds of tourists who flock here (come earlier than we did to avoid them) can’t make them anything other than a haven is this manic city.
The gardens were established by French artist Jacques Majorelle who settled in Marrakesh in 1919 and in 1947 opened the doors of his garden to the general public. After his death in 1962 the gardens were for a while neglected, but in 1980 they were bought by Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé, and restored to their former glory. After Yves Saint Laurent died in 2008 his ashes were scattered here, a clear sign of his affection for the gardens
This place is really a photographer’s dream. Every corner reveals a new vista, with pottery urns painted in the distinctive cobalt blue that has come to be known as “bleu Majorelle”, or in one of just three other shades in a harmonious limited palette – pale blue, deep vivid orange or an acid yellow. Plants are grouped, with the area near the entrance displaying a wide collection of cacti (my own favourites for photography with their lovely architectural forms), and further in palms, bamboo and many trees. There are water features with goldfish, turtles and small frogs, their edges and fountains painted in the same colour scheme as the pots. Benches invite you to sit and appreciate your surroundings, though competition for these can be fierce when the gardens are at their most crowded. And the sound of birdsong replaces the constant sound of traffic that dominates the rest of modern Marrakesh.
At the centre of what is in fact quite a small space is Majorelle’s former workshop and Saint Laurent’s studio, painted in the same shade of blue and now home to the small museum of Islamic Art. Unfortunately this was closed for renovations when we visited, but in any case I suspect we may have wanted to linger in the gardens rather than go indoors to view the collection. Other buildings house a pretty café (see my restaurant tip) and a small but classy shop – no haggling here!
The gardens are open every day including Sundays (8.00 till 17.00 in winter months, 8.00 till 18.00 in the summer) and entry costs a reasonable 30 dirhams. The small museum in the grounds has exhibits of Islamic art and costs a further 15 dirhams but this was closed when we visited so I can’t comment on whether a visit there is worth the extra fee.
Théâtre Royal de Marrakech
Located in the modern Gueliz quarter, the Théâtre Royal de Marrakech is really a nice building to see... especially in an area that lacks charm... on the positive side, though this area also lacks the larger crowds of the old town.
In this theatre as many as 1200 people can find room for plays - even open air... in the case of an opera being performed, then there's only space for 800 people. Occasioanlly there are also cultural evenings organized: music, shows and exhibitions... Unfortunately you'll need to speak Arabic.e
Marrakech is for sure the city I loved more in Morocco, I still have in my mind sounds, colurs, smells and tastes that from Medinas arrived untill my room window, as I said for Naples, this a city impossible to describe with words and pictures
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Riad Bahia Salam
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- Riad Bahia Salam Hotel Marrakech
Address: 61 Avenue Hommane El Fatouaki, Arest Lamaach, Marrakech, 40000, Morocco