Popular Arts Festival - Morocco

Marrakech Popular Arts Festival attracts folk singers, dancers, fortune-tellers, acting troupes, snake charmers, fire-swallowers and more, from all over Morocco.

Since 2000 the festival has also attracted many artists and entertainers from Europe and Asia. The main events take place in the ruins of the 16 century Badi Palace and the Djemma el Fna.

Not to be missed, outside the city walls at night, is the Fantasia: a horse-riding spectacle that includes hundreds of charging horsemen (and women) wearing traditional clothing.


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Accommodation

Riad Farnatchi

This collection of riads is over 400 years old, and the lovingly restored nine rooms have tempted some of the world’s most famous stars to stay here. The twin courtyards house some elegant salons, and you can lounge around the...

Riad Kniza

Welcoming discerning guests for almost two centuries, this riad has seen its share of high profile visitors. The 11 rooms and suites surround airy courtyards, with hammam and pool at one end. The decorous salons have exotic antiques and the...

La Mamounia

La Mamounia, is nestled in a 17 acre park just 5 minutes walk from the fabulous Jma El-Fna square. Wholly refurbished from 2007-9, the five-star Mamounia is the iconic residence in Morocco, if you prefer grand-dames to boutique riads. There...

Riad Ana Yela

AnaYela is a small, 300-year-old city palace in the heart of the Marrakech's historic Medina. Incredibly, the architecture tells the story of a girl called Yela who once lived in this house. All the work was delivered by the hand...

La Maison Arabe

The hotel that started the riad-hotel trend back in 1998. The 26 rooms have fireplaces and private terraces, and you can wander down to the courtyard and find a quiet nook to read in. The tranquil pool is a welcome...

La Pause

Live a luxuriously nomadic life at this unusual property in the Marrakchi Desert. Amid the upscale rooms are open tents, housing elegant dining and lounge areas. Entertainment and cuisine are given a very Moroccan touch, and there are various hikes...

Angsana

This collection of six boutique riads are set in the midst of the fascinating Old Medina, all restored by skilled craftsmen. Called ‘heritage’ riads thanks to their focus on history, the rooms enjoy intricate ceramic art and plasterwork. All have...

Ksar Char-Bagh

Ksar Char-Bagh is located in the heart of the palmeraie, with architect-designed ramparts, organic gardens, moats meandering through marble floors, and all the modern amenities hidden behind carved cedar panels. You will be welcomed as a privileged guest in this...

Fellah Hotel

Fellah is one of a new generation of design hotels opening on the outskirts of Marrakech. Rooms are modern-Moroccan in style, with locally crafted trinkets, gorgeous detailing and tiled bathrooms. Outdoors, wooden-crate chairs, bales of hay and plump canvas cushions...

Jnane Tamsna

This is a secluded nine-hectare estate in the Palmeraie, the historic palm grove outside Marrakesh. It is a 20-minute drive from the walled Medina. Chiselled good looks in cream stucco and dark wood provide glamour without the gilt. Repurposed antiques...

Amanjena

The property's design emulates old Moorish pisé (earthen) buildings and Berber villages that cling to the High Atlas Mountains, with its distinctive rose-blush walls mirroring those of the nearby ‘Red City’, Marrakech. Step through the handcrafted double oak doors into...

Villa des Orangers

As with many of the city’s best hotels, you reach this luxury haven via an unassuming doorway. Once inside the courtyard, you encounter sumptuous sofas and babbling fountains. Intricate lattices frame the rooms, which are a great size, and there’s...

When to Visit
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