What Is a Riad?

What Is a Riad?

You’ve booked your ticket to Morocco, now you need to decide where to stay. After all, you’ll need a place to sleep, shower and relax between riding camels on the beach, shopping for handmade rugs and eating couscous on your holiday to Morocco. While there are a variety of chain hotels and luxury resorts available throughout the country, every visitor should strongly consider spending at least a few nights in a Moroccan Riad.


How to Choose the Perfect Accommodations in Morocco

hotel morocco travelEven the global nomad needs a roof over his or her head. Finding a place to rest after a long day of adventure is not always an easy task though. Luckily for those on a holiday to Morocco, the selection is almost endless—from virtually free hostels to swanky, bourgeois five-star hotels—and accommodations in Morocco are never in short supply.

To find the perfect lodging in Morocco, you need to consider what is most important to you in overnight accommodations. Think about the price and location that work best for you, but also consider what you’d like to get out of the experience. In Morocco, many accommodation choices are a doorway to unique cultural experiences, and these experiences may be worth the extra cost. (more…)

An Interview with Hassan, Owner of Atlas Kasbah Ecolodge

atlas kasbah moroccoNestled in the Argan biosphere of southern Morocco, Atlas Kasbah Ecolodge offers the first eco-friendly accommodation in the area. This unique resort offers visitors the chance to experience Morocco while maintaining the ecological sustainability of the region. The concept integrates six objectives—water conservation, energy conservation, waste management, purchasing practices, integration with the landscape and environmental education—to achieve a balanced eco-friendly approach.

Hassan Aboutayeb and his wife, Helene, own Atlas Kasbah. Hassan was kind enough to answer a few questions about the ecolodge. (more…)

Exploring Al Hoceima, Morocco

Al Hoceima MoroccoThe Rif Mountains and the Mediterranean beaches are what make of Al Hoceima one of the most attractive and enticing cities in Morocco. Entering the city, you may think you are arriving in a very common Moroccan town with cube-like buildings, cafes and a few hotels. Despite this, the natural setting around Al Hoceima is makes it seem much more remote than most people probably imagine.

Al Hoceima, also known among the locals as Biya, is located on the Mediterranean coast of Morocco. It was colonized by the Spanish for more than three decades during which it was called Villa Sanjuro. You can still see the Spanish architectural influence throughout the city in spite of the growing number of new buildings. Many residents of Al Hoceima still speak fluent Spanish as their second or third language. Most of the population are Berbers from the Bucoya tribe who speak Tamazight, a Berber dialect. (more…)

Interview: Chris Padgett, Founder of Savor Morocco

Christopher PadgettChris Padgett and his wife are the owners of Savor Morocco, a cooking school and guest house in Meknes, Morocco. He took a few minutes to answer some questions for us about his business and his tips for people traveling to Morocco for the first time.

Tell us a bit about your cooking school and guest house, Savor Morocco. What led you to opening such a business in Morocco?

Back when we lived in Texas, I owned a catering business that was fairly successful. We were able to sell it for quite a profit. For many years, I have been in the food service industry / customer service business. Both my wife and I wanted to live overseas for a season of our lives. When our kids were young, we decided it would be a great time to move and raise them in multi-lingual country. We moved over to Morocco with numerous business ideas, eventually landing on the cooking school / guest house.

Our cooking school has been running for almost 3 years. During this time, we have held close to 200 classes, teaching countless foreigners how to create some amazing Moroccan cuisine. People come in and learn how to prepare the traditional mint tea, an appetizer and main dish. At the same time, they learn about the history of the dishes along with various cultural differences, sprinkled in with some great stories of Morocco’s past.

The guest house is located on several floors above the cooking school. It has been a great safe haven for travelers throughout their trek. Often times, we have groups stay for extended amounts of time and use Meknes as a base to see numerous surrounding towns and villages, including Fes. One of the great aspects of our guest house is that we provide much more space than a traditional hotel room, along with a full-scale kitchen to prepare your own meals and facilities to wash your own clothes in the midst of those long trips.