Riad in Morocco

Morocco is a well kept secret. Many tourists still regard staying in a riad in Morocco as an exotic destination beyond their travel horizons, and retreat to the safety of holiday rentals on the Costa del Sol in Spain – just across the water - to top up their tans. They're correct on one point: Morocco is exotic. But they've got the rest terribly wrong.

If you're seeking a taste of the exotic not too far from home, then a hotel or riad in Morocco is the perfect place. You can choose from a variety of self catering holiday rental properties here – from old fashioned riads in the old cities, to beachfront houses by the coast and mountain hideaways. You can escape the crowds, or choose to be a part of them. The likes of Marrakech and Fez have increased in popularity in recent years. In amongst the minarets and donkey carts, and through the narrow streets, you'll find your perfect riad in Morocco tucked away, a peaceful haven from the hustle and bustle of life within the old city walls. In these cities you can savour Morocco's world renowned cuisine, bargain in the souks and relax in the local hammams (steam baths). You will find that many a riad in Morocco will rent by the room, but if you want exclusive use of your Moroccan hideaway, then you will be able to find that too.

A riad is a traditional Moroccan house with an interior garden that provides a tranquil retreat from the bustle of the larger cities. Your riad in Morocco will often be located within the historic, older parts of the city and come with its own unique history – some dating back to the eighteenth century. These holiday riads often come equipped with plunge pools in their flower-filled courtyards and with authentic Moroccan furnishings. The beauty of a riad in Morocco is in its location – often within walking distance of the main historic city sites, and, in places like Marrakech, only a short drive away from the Atlas mountains and other natural attractions.

Riads are a unique way of experiencing the real Morocco and getting to know some of the secrets of this country steeped in history. But if you're not a city person, there are still options to be had along the country's coastline. If you're after a riad in Morocco which is on the coast, then there's over 1500km of Mediterranean coastline to choose from. Renting a villa or house on the coast gives you the chance to explore the fishing villages, and try your hand at the variety of watersports on offer. For the more active, the Atlas mountains have stunning trekking opportunities – mountain panoramas and hillsides dotted with traditional Berber villages. A holiday house in the mountains can give you a real feel for rural life. Further south, the Sahara desert stretches out before you, joining Morocco with sub-saharan Africa. You can go desert driving or camel trekking and camp out under the African stars to experience the desert silences. Finding a riad in Morocco is a must – you'll never forget it.

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