August, 2013

Flowers of Marrakech: city of colours

Sunday, August 25th, 2013

Though the ancient city of Marrakech has gained its nickname as the ‘red city’ because of the intense shade of red that is used to colour many of the residences here, don’t think that the city can be easily defined by this one colour.

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Handmade Moroccan confectioneries

Saturday, August 24th, 2013

As well as simply being delicious, Moroccan confectioneries are encompassed by important cultural significance from the very first stages of their production to their final destinations on the tables of families.

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Essaouira: the North African coast

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Especially during the summer months, tourists and Marrakshi locals alike flock to the sleepy seaside oasis of Essaouira to enjoy the cool seaside breeze which washes over the coast town.

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Orange juice stalls: Jemaa al-Fnaa

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

If you speak to anyone who has traveled to the red city of Marrakech, one thing they will not forget to mention are the famous orange juice stalls that are colourfully scattered through the central square of Jemaa al-Fnaa.

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Street art in the Marrakech Medina

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

From the new town of Guilez to the winding streets of the Medina, street art is a common sight throughout the red city of Marrakech. Just north of the cities famous souk district and a two minute walk from the Riad Star¬†you will discover one piece of art with has become particularly popular among locals […]

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Lamp boutique’s in Jemaa al-Fnaa

Sunday, August 18th, 2013

Lamp’s have¬†been a hugely important aspect of Moroccan architecture and design¬†for centuries and are used in all four corners of Morocco to decorate shops, restaurants and houses. Hand-crafted Moroccan lamps come in all shapes and sizes and often take a painstakingly long time to complete. This lamp boutique in the centre of the of Marrakech […]

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Tachalhit: The Berber tongue

Sunday, August 18th, 2013

Multilingualism has evolved in Morocco over the centuries to a point where many Moroccan’s speak French, Spanish or English as additional languages. Darija Arabic and Berber are widely acknowledged as the countries two official languages however. In the Marrakech region of Morocco the ‘Tachalhit’ form of Berber often be heard being called through the streets. […]

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Moroccan spa: the Hammam

Friday, August 16th, 2013

On www.hipmarrakech.com¬† one of our new features are riads with Hammams. The Hammam is important in Moroccan culture and life. They are descended from Roman baths and modelled after Turkish baths. ¬†I once read that there are over 700 Hammams in Marrakech, most of which are just used by locals.¬† They are heated by a […]

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Zellige in the Bahia Palace

Sunday, August 11th, 2013

Located in the heart of the Medina, just a five minute walk from Marrakech’s central square is the Bahia Palace. The palace is an enclosed oasis next to the hustle and bustle of the rest of the red city and inside it you will find trickling fountains, orange trees and shaded gardens. Perhaps the most […]

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Gnawa music: a Moroccan mystery

Saturday, August 10th, 2013

From the red city of ancient Marrakech to the blue streets of Chefchaouen one thing you will not miss are the abundance of ‘Gnawa’ musicians. There is a world of mystery surrounding the origin of this revered and celebrated art form. Moroccan’s agree that it originated from the southern reaches of the Saharan deserts but […]

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