The Bahia Palace, Marrakech

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

Located along Rue Bahia Bab in the Mellah district of the Marrakech Medina is the Bahia Palace, a stunning set of tranquil gardens enclosed within the beautifully decorated walled pavilions. Bou Ahmed, a former slave who rose to a position of power under sultans Moulay Hassam and Abd Aziz, built the palace in the last […]

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Dar Si Said Museum, Marrakech

Sunday, December 7th, 2014

Dar Si Said was originally a mansion built by Sidi Said, royal Visir and half-brother of Ba Ahmed Ben Moussa (the former slave who built the nearby Bahia Palace), in the nineteenth century. Today, the interconnecting courtyards and beautiful wooden ceilings house the Museum of Moroccan Arts and Crafts: a collection of carpets, jewellery, weaponry, […]

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Tiswin Museum, Marrakech

Monday, December 1st, 2014

The Tiskiwin Museum was founded Bert Flint – a Dutch anthropologist who himself has been a Marrakech resident since 1957– to display highlights from his personal collection of Amzigh Berber artefacts. Such is the importance of Flint’s collection that Tiskiwin is now part of the Marrakech University Cadi Ayyad. The stunning collection includes Berber tents, […]

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The Tagine Pot

Monday, November 17th, 2014

The Tagine (or Tajine) is perhaps the most popular dish in Morocco. It can be found literally everywhere, from the roadside café to the luxury restaurant, and remains a staple meal for both tourists and locals alike. The slow-cooked savoury stew is typically made with sliced meat, poultry, or fish together with vegetables – although […]

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Berber Museum, Marjourelle Gardens

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

The Berber people are the ethnicity indigenous to North Africa, known for their fine craftwork, delicious cuisine and traditional music. The newly refurbished Berber museum, situated within the Majourelle Garden, is a fantastic resource cataloguing Berber life from diverse regions of Morocco. The exhibits document all aspects of Berber life, from craftwork to clothing and […]

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Choukara: from Shepherds bag to fashionable leather purse

Sunday, October 5th, 2014

I n the Marrakech Medina there are many shops selling a variety of leather bags ranging from massive travel bags to day s atchels to small leather purses. Despite the plethora of bags on sale, the traditional Moroccan Choukara is a bag which has eluded many Marrakechi stallholders. Traditionally made from Goat leather, the Choukara […]

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Vegetarian Travel Guide in Marrakech

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

As I have been vegetarian for over 14 years, I know how difficult it can be to source vegetarian options on menus in England, let alone whilst travelling on holiday.Here is our guide to Vegetarian travel in Marrakech. For many Moroccans, especially those who live more rural areas, vegetarian cuisine often means taking the meat […]

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Symbolism of the Tanning process in the Marrakech Tanneries

Sunday, September 14th, 2014

The Marrakech Tanneries are perhaps one of the must-see attractions in red city. The traditional tanning process, as witnessed in the Marrakech tanneries, is laced with symbolism. It is often said that the position of the tanneries itself, the east of the Marrakech Medina, symbolizes the rebirth of animal skin into leather through the sun […]

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The Independent Shops of the Marrakech Medina

Sunday, September 7th, 2014

Although Marrakech is famous for the shops and stalls of the Souks, every single alleyway, derb or street in the red city is filled with wonderful shops. These shops range from unique boutiques selling handmade jewellery, woodcraft items or leather shoes to more standard ‘newsagent-style’ shops selling water, drinks and confectionary. The frequency of these […]

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The Secrets of the Moroccan Tea

Monday, September 1st, 2014

Across the world, Morocco is famous for it’s delicious teas. In many cafés and restaurants there are often a wide variety of flavours and choosing what you want to order can often take a lot longer than expected. Although there are teas made from a range of ingredients including saffron, geranium, Rose petals and Louisa, […]

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