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 of over 100 artisans, using only traditional Moroccan craftsmanship, with no electric tools. Consequently the house itself is a spectacular piece of art.
One of the best views of Marrakech can be had atop the tower, a symbol for a flying carpet.
With just 3 rooms and 2 suites, book well in advance.
If ever a city was primed to be discovered, it was this. Hidden doorways, maze like souks, the Old Medina – you can lose yourself here in the best way possible. Haggle for souvenirs at the market stalls, then relax in a hammam or over a cup of mint tea in a café. Some of the architecture – such as that of the Koutoubia Mosque – is truly magical. Exploring the main square, Djeema el Fna, is best done in the evenings, when the snake charmers, musicians and jugglers are in full force.
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The longest established inhabitants of Morocco, the Berber people come from a feudal society, who have preserved their culture and traditions. Arabic is not widely spoken, and their music and dance are unique, with men and women dancing together. The Berber hospitality is justifiably famous, and you are sure to enjoy mint tea with them, […]