Traveling to Morocco can be like traveling back in time. Should you choose to spend your vacation at a Riad Marrakech, reservation on Espace Maroc, will be one of the best experiences of your life. The country of Morocco itself is ablaze with color and heat, yet time seems to slow down as you enter the old medina. Walls surrounding the plaza appear several centuries
old and narrow streets wind in and out with seeming abandon. There are exotic smells and sounds that dance through the air.
Your travel itinerary says a guide from your Riad will meet you at the plaza entrance. Indeed, there he is, as exotic as the sights and sounds of the entire situation. He leads the way through the maze of the medina, arriving at a wooden door in the wall with nothing to identify it. Here is your Riad, he says. It is a bit surprising since you had been expecting a house or perhaps an apartment like those in old Europe, but this is just a door in the wall.
Inside the wall, though a different world is waiting. This riad Marrakech is hiding is full of the warmth and color of Morocco beginning with the smooth walls created from traditional tadelakt. Tadelakt is a combination of lime, egg white, soft soap, and extremely fine sand. Over time it marbles and is often covered with geometric patterns.
The hallway ends at the center courtyard garden which is the heart of the Riad, for in Arabic, riad means garden. Today most Riad gardens will have four trees which are typically orange and lemon trees and perhaps a fountain. There may be beautifully detailed tiles on the wall surrounding the courtyard.
There are bedrooms that share common living rooms which make Riads perfect for hosting visitors. Riads are completely enclosed and shut off to the outside world with the wooden door in the wall the only entry. Riads, just like family homes everywhere range in architectural style and size from small and intimate to large and as grand as palaces.
Over the last twenty years, foreign investors have bought many Riads for both personal homes and to rent out to visitors to Morocco and Marrakech, in particular. A Riad Marrakech might have to rent could still retain the stylings and colors of the traditional Moroccan culture or it could be completely redone in updated modern styles. There are Riads that target travelers on limited budgets and those that offer luxurious accommodations with a five star experience. It is true that there is something for everyone in a Riad in Marrakech.