Riad Le Coq Fou

44, derb Assabanne, Medina, Marrakech, Morocco
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Staying in Marrakech during Popular Arts Festival . . .

by suzy301

I will be in Marrakech during the Popular Arts Festival in July. I am wondering, as a solo female traveller, would it be better to stay closer to the Djemma el-Fna or to the El Badi palace, as I will want to catch the evening shows and will be walking back to my riad alone at night? Does anone know long it takes to walk between the two? Also, do you have to buy tickets for the shows at the festival, or is it free? Thank you!

Re: Staying in Marrakech during Popular Arts Festival . . .

by pfsmalo

The web site of the festival is not really up and running yet so no info on prices etc. Looking at Google maps there looks to be about 800 metres between the Palais Badi and Djemaa el Fnaa through a narrow Derb. FYI, in this Derb (Riad Zitoune El Jdid) there are riads. This I know as I shall be staying there in April, at the Hotel Riad Celia, which is quite a bit closer to Palais Badi than the place.

Good luck

Re: Staying in Marrakech during Popular Arts Festival . . .

by windcity

Although the street that runs from El Badi palace and djm el Fna is narrow it is also well lit and busy, so as a female alone you will be safe.

Re: Staying in Marrakech during Popular Arts Festival . . .

by suzy301

Thank you both for the answers. That helps clarify things.

Re: Staying in Marrakech during Popular Arts Festival . . .

by cabeyp

There is a perfect accommodation 1/2 way between the 2 locations that would offer you an ideal compromise. As it doubles as a cultural centre it requires a membership fee (3yrs for Euro 20) but the actual room prices are below your normal hotel prices in Marrakech and there is a good chance of finding space even during busy periods. The rooms are basic but set in a grande riad of a size rarely found in marrakech at these rates. Perfect for a solo female traveller.

Re: Staying in Marrakech during Popular Arts Festival . . .

by smarttour

for the ticket to see the destival you have to by eat it cost about 20 derhame 2 euro,between the jamaa lafna and the riad where you stays is about 30 menut by work but there is taxi if you can't go work it not expansive.

take care and enjoy your staying

Travel Tips for Marrakesh

Marrakesh Tip

by Mirellaboer

After a whole morning (and also the day before)walking through Marrakesh we went to visit the Jardin Majorelle, the garden from Ives St. Laurant. And it was so relaxing! We just sat there in the shadow and did nothing!

Shopping strategies

by travelmad478 about various shops

There's an awful lot of great shopping to do in Marrakesh. Moroccan souvenirs, textiles, foodstuffs, antiques, clothing, rugs...it's almost overwhelming. You'll also be overwhelmed by the attentions of shop owners, all of whom are VERY anxious to sell you something. You'll be strongly tempted to buy out the very first store you enter. There's so much great stuff!

Calm down. It's a certainty that whatever you see in the first shop will also be available in the third, the sixth, and the tenth place you visit. Get an idea for what's available first, get a handle on prices (at least, the starting prices), and don't be too quick to buy things at the places your guide drags you to. If you find it yourself, you won't end up paying the guide's kickback along with the price.

Although I really hate bargaining and I'm not very good at it, haggling is absolutely essential in Marrakesh and around Morocco. I'm usually able to get the starting price down by about half, although someone more skilled could probably do better. As far as I'm concerned, if I've paid a price that's reasonable to me for the item, I've done a good job.

Good eats & great views

by sunlovey about Alhambra

LOCATION my friends. This place is prime for people watching on Djemma el Fna & the fare is quite good for what it's worth and then there's the price, extremely reasonable for said location. You really can't go wrong. Like many restaurants in Marrakesh Alhambra consists of three stories, the ground floor, the 2nd and the terrace. For the best views, go upstairs. You'll find an array of salads on the menu, and Moroccan's have a way with their salads... (see picture)Tanjines, couscous and pizza (thin and crispy). They also make a good mint tea here.

I had a delicious combination of cous cous, hummus, olive tapanade, tomato salad and eggplant salad with a side of traditional Moroccan bread.

Items on the menu are priced in the 40-60 dirham range; mint tea is 10 dirhams.

Palace El Badi (2) Koutoubia Minbar.

by suvanki

The minbar is in a restored pavillion in the Palace El Badi, with exhibits of the minbar and its restoration.

A minbar or Mimbar is the platform/pulpit where the Imam recites the Koran.

Often they're small towers with a pointed roof and stairs. They are always placed to the right of the mihrab - a niche in the wall indicating the direction of Mecca, the direction for worshippers to face during prayer.
Minbars are only used on Fridays, and otherwise remain locked away.

Originally constructed in Cordoba, Spain in 1139, It was transferred in separate pieces to Marrakech by camel, where it was reconstructed.

It consists of over a 1,000 single carvings of incredible complexity and pattern, not one is identical!

Scripts from the Koran and geometric/ mathmatical patterns are contained in the work. It took 8 years to complete and is thought to be one of the finest examples of woodwork created by humans.

Not only was it an amazing piece of craftsmanship, the assembled worshippers were stunned to see the minbar appear as if by magic during their Friday prayers - a series of pulleys and rails enabled this manouevre!

The minbar was in continual use in 3 different mosques in Marrakech until 1962, when it was removed here for restoration.

Restored by experts from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, in joint partnership with the Ministery of Cultural Affairs of Morocco.
A documentary of the restoration won the gold trophy in 1998 in an arts film festival in S. France.

For an account of the conservation work carried out and the history of the minbar this web page below is useful (I think this paper might have been one of the displays in the exhibition)- there are drawings and photos too


I found that the minbar is behind a corded rail, which prevents viewing of most of the structure, and photography is forbidden - A security guard ensures this!

Please see my previous El Badia Palace tip for more details of directions, opening times etc.

Rahba Kedima Square

by diageva

As you walk throught the souk you will arrive to a beautiful square. Beautiful not because its arquitecture but ... for all what you will find there ... This square was the old slaves market, and nowadays is a place where you will see men and covered women sitting at the center selling their things ... wool hats, birds, handmade things ... and sourounded by little shops with medicines, magic things ... everything you need to get of an illness....:))


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