Riad Massin – A Home of Joy, Friendship and Moroccan Stories

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What is common to Anna from England, Klaus and Beata from Germany and Chris from Australia? Anna is a freelancer travelling around Morocco and writing about Moroccan food. Klaus and Beata are students who decided to go somewhere further for their student vacation. Chris is a backpacker who loves hiking and exploring different cultures. They all stayed in Riad Massin in Marrakech, a magnificent 19th-century riad, hidden in a narrow street, in the Bab Doukkala district, just 15 minutes away from the famous Jamaa El Fna square and the souks.

Riad can accommodate up to 38 guests, so there are always fellow travellers who will gladly share their company, but there is still enough space to enjoy some privacy and peace. People can relax in one of the patios with the fountain sounds or on the terrace, and enjoy the unbeatable bliss of the Red City and the snow-covered Atlas Mountains. Even when the heat starts to conquer the city during spring and summer, evenings are still fresh and rooms are air-conditioned.

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Lets get back to our travellers from the beginning. So, one evening, right after she finished her article about vegetable souks of Marrakech, Anna prepared a tagine out of fresh ingredients bought that day just near the riad. She invited Klaus, Beata and Chris to join her. Klaus and Beata told their new friends about magnificent day in Marrakech, where they discovered romantic Majorelle Garden, parks around Koutoubia mosque and lovely music at Jemaa El Fna square. Chris also had some stories to share. He just came back from the hiking in the Atlas Mountains and he was passionately talking about the wonderful nature, amazing Berber people who he met in the mountain villages and divine sunset (after all, Morocco is called “The Land of the Setting Sun”). This is how Riad Massin brings together travellers – it is a place where they all gather and make all their stories into one big common memory of Marrakech and Morocco.

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Riad Massin will open its door to all people who want to experience Morocco. Its staff will prepare some fresh mint tea and always be at service. Its interior will be a perfect oasis during the hottest hours. Feel like at home and enjoy in Moroccan atmosphere and new friendships at Riad Massin!

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Top 5 Day Trips From Marrakech

Choosing Marrakech for your Moroccan holiday destination is the right choice for sure. We have already written about many possibilities which this magnificent city has to offer. One of them is a proximity to so many beautiful places in Morocco, the places which will take you breath away. Mountains, countryside, desert, seaside – the choice is yours. If you can’t decide where to go, read our guide to some of the most wonderful places and trips around Marrakech.

  1. Ourika Valley: It is a valley where not only tourists come to find some refreshment, but also many locals. Starting less than 45 minutes drive from the city and situated at around 1,200-1,500 metres it offers a pretty escape from the summer heat of Marrakech and it’s the most suitable area for gentle hiking and trekking. It is famous for the 7 waterfalls at Setti Fatma village and the ski station of Oukaimeden at its head, and is a lush valley with green terraced fields beside the river that contrast strongly with the rocky valley sides of the foothills of the mountains. Read more: https://moroccanviewsblog.wordpress.com/2014/04/04/ourika-valley-a-paradise-only-half-an-hour-from-marrakech/ Book a tour: http://www.moroccanviews.com/tours/day-trip-from-marrakech-to-ourika-valley-2/ourika-valley(2)
  2. AïtBenhaddou Kasbah: This historic Kasbah is one of the nine UNESCO world heritage sites of Morocco and was used as a backdrop for shooting more than 20 films. Enough reasons to see it, right? However, there is much more in AïtBenhaddou– you will learn about life that was lived many centuries ago, you will see Berber beds, rugs and dishes, and not to mention a wonderful nature on the way. Read more: https://moroccanviewsblog.wordpress.com/2014/04/30/ait-benhaddou-kasbah/ Book a tour: http://www.moroccanviews.com/tours/private-day-trip-from-marrakech-to-ait-benhaddou-kasbah/20110927214604
  3. Ouzoud Cascades: At 150 kilometres northwest from Marrakech, shaded path of olive trees leads to the bottom of beautiful waterfalls which are often topped by a rainbow thanks to the spray of water falling on the rocks.This is not just a beautiful place for romantic trek or relaxing rest near the water, but also a perfect way to see the Moroccan countryside along the way. Read more: https://moroccanviewsblog.wordpress.com/2014/05/30/fresh-drops-of-clean-water-experience-it-at-ouzoud-cascades/ Book a tour: http://www.moroccanviews.com/tours/private-day-trip-from-marrakech-to-ouzoud-cascades/20110922165909
  4. Essaouira: You will fall in love with this amazing “Wind City of Africa”. It is a perfect place to escape from hot Marrakech. Refreshing breeze from the Atlantic Ocean and a laid-back atmosphere will give you some rest from hustle and bustle of Marrakech. Discover Medina, Jewish cemetery, Skala du Port, wooden handicrafts, kitesurfing, windsurfing and many more places and activities in Essaouira! Read more: https://moroccanviewsblog.wordpress.com/2014/04/14/essaouira-a-pearl-of-morocco-at-the-coast-of-atlantic-ocean/ Book a tour: http://www.moroccanviews.com/tours/private-day-excursion-from-marrakech-to-essaouira/20111006154313
  5. Horse riding in the Atlas Mountains: Exploring wonderful nature, breathing in the wild air and enjoying the company of gentle and elegant animalsit is something a little bit different, right? This kind of tour is joyful and fulfilling, just what you need after some time spent in the big city. Read more: https://moroccanviewsblog.wordpress.com/2014/04/26/horse-riding-in-morocco/ Book a tour: http://www.moroccanviews.com/holidays/horse-riding-morocco/20110928171423

Enjoy these tours with Moroccan Views and discover Morocco in the best manner!

Discover the Soul of Marrakech in the Hostel La Casa Del Sol

Your search for a perfect accommodation during your visit of Marrakech ends up right here. La Casa Del Sol is not only a hostel, it is a temporary home to so many travellers and backpackers who wish to experience the most wonderful side of the Red City.

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You will find La Casa Del Sol at only two minutes walking distance from Jemaa El Fna square (yes, the famous UNESCO protected square where music, dance, food and joy of life are celebrated). This riad-style hostel is a colorful place where you will forget grey sky, everyday worries and stress. Although much effort was put into interior decorations (Berber rugs, Sahara-themed paintings, plants, Moroccan ornaments and colorful cushions are just some of the details which will make your eyes tingle), the most of riad’s guests say that it is the spirit of the hostel and kindness and friendliness of the staff which made their stay an unforgettable experience.

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After a rest in some of the comfortable rooms or dormitories, one can enjoy in spontaneous entertainment in one of the communal areas, drinking sweet mint tea (so-called Moroccan or Berber whiskey), smoking shisha and sharing stories with fellow travellers. How about some fresh night air at the rooftop terrace? Possibilities feel endless!

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La Casa Del Sol is not only a place to sleep; it is a place where you can experience the sparkly maze of Marrakech and beyond. After tasting the traditional Moroccan breakfast, you might want to have a cookery course where you will learn everything from bargaining for tomatoes in the vegetable souk, to a finished tagine to be shared (it is after all a hostel!)

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In hostel you can also book an excursion to Atlas Mountains, Sahara desert or seaside. You will have even more Moroccan stories to share and memories to cherish🙂

Hostel riadLa Casa Del Sol is a welcoming place which will keep you happy and inspired, where you will learn about Morocco from the incredible staff, meet other travellers, and enjoy the wonderful and unique atmosphere of this bright place in the heart of Marrakech 🙂

Read more about hostel and book your new Moroccan home!

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Liquid Gold from Morocco

At the point when you’re reading this article, you must’ve heard of it before due to its many benefits; almost considered magical when it comes to beauty products. Argan oil is suppose to be rejuvenating, helps in removing wrinkles, stretch marks and scars, revitalizes the skin and leaves you with the divine sense of smoothness, and this is only the cosmetic part of its usage. It’s real, it’s natural and it’s Moroccan!

Argan oil is a plant oil produced from the kernels of the argan tree (Argania spinosa L.), known as the “Tree of life” that is endemic to Morocco. The tree is extremely well adapted to drought and other environmentally harsh conditions of southwestern Morocco and is now endangered and under protection of UNESCO. The argan tree lives to be about 150 to 200 years old and does not start producing the fruit until it is 30 to 50 years old. Argan oil remains one of the rarest oils in the world due to the small and very specific growing areas.

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If you’re lucky enough to own a bottle of argan oil, knowing how it got into that bottle might make you appreciate every drop of it even more. We should be thankful to local Berber women whose skills are unparalleled. They work in fair-trade cooperatives where they hand-crack the argan nuts in between two stones, a technique they’ve used for centuries. Instead of being put through a machine (attempts to mechanize this process have been unsuccessful so far), the raw argan kernels are hand-extracted from the hard shell, hand-ground in a stone grinder, hand-kneaded for hours and first cold-pressed into the oil. It takes one woman three days to make just one liter of oil and this is why argan oil is so valuable.

argan ladiesHowever, it’s not just the Berber women who help producing argan oil. Assistants No. 2 are Moroccan mountain goats, called the Tamri goats, that eat the fruit of the argan tree by
literally climbing the tree to get to the nut, sometimes ten or more at a time in one tree. The argan oil producers then take the droppings of the goats, which has the seed completely undigested, and use that to produce the argan oil.

There are 2 ways to use argan oil, for food and for the body. Culinary argan oil is used for dipping bread, on couscoussalads and similar uses. Argan oil used in the kitchen is considered very healthy; scientific research suggests that culinary argan oil can help to:

  • Lower cholesterol
    Improve circulation
    • Stabilize blood sugar
    • Ease pain from rheumatism and arthritis
    • Strengthen the body’s immune system
    • Prevent various types of cancer
    • Reducing the body’s resistance to insulin, helping treat diabetes
    • Protecting the body from cardiovascular and inflammatory diseases.

argan nutsIt has benefits for both internal and external healing, and additionally, it’s delicious! Amlou, a thick brown paste similar to peanut butter, is produced by grinding roasted almond and argan oil using stones, mixed with honey and is used locally as a bread dip.

What we know as cosmetic argan oil is the unroasted argan oil, traditionally used as a treatment for skin diseases and as a cosmetic oil for skin and hair. This oil is said to have restorative and age-defying effects. It is high in vitamin E and essential fatty acids, it is believed to help all sorts of skin conditions like dry skin, psoriasis, wrinkles, etc. Traditionally, argan oil has been used to:

  • Protect against and heal skin infections
    • Clear up acne
    • Ease eczema
    • Hasten recovery from chicken pox
    • Heal cracks and burns.

It is wonderful for skin, hair, nails, it heals you from the inside and the outside, so once in Morocco, don’t forget to provide yourself with a bottle of this magical oil!

Stay with us in Morocco and receive the best advice on buying this wonderful local product. contact@moroccanviews.com

Fantasia Show – Food and Entertainment in the Moroccan Way

In Morocco there are so many activities to do, so many dishes to try, so many places to see. In the “Land of the Setting Sun” one can feel the diverse of cultures, tastes and sounds in the most fabulous way. Have you ever heard of the Fantasia Show? It is an event held in Marrakech and its purpose is to make you feel all this diversity at one place in one evening.

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Magical, magnificent, authentic, the entertainment and the atmosphere of the show are all that and much more. Fantasia Show is considered to be one of the highlights of a visit to Marrakech. Dancers, musicians, acrobats and horsemen, all of them in gorgeous costumes, leave every visitor speechless. You might not find the words, but your hands will surely clap of joy and excitement.

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Moroccan evening can’t be complete without the true Moroccan dinner, which is a big feast consisted of Harira (Moroccan soup), Mechoui (slow roasted lamb meat), cous-cous with vegetables and chicken and a desert composed of fruits, mint tea and pastries. The food is delicious and shows a real beauty of the Moroccan dining.

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Joyful local musicians with traditional Berber music entertain you during the whole dinner, but once you finish your meal, it doesn’t mean the end. The big show will just start and you will witness the old art of traditional Berber horseback riding, beauty of the belly dance and many other surprises. Accept the invitation to dance and let yourself be carried away with all the joy of vivid music and an amazing atmosphere!

Experience the Fantasia Show with Moroccan Views! contact@moroccanviews.com

Events and Incentives in Morocco

Morocco is not just an exotic country made for romantic honeymoons, relaxed vacations and exploring the wildness. It is also a country full of possibilities when it comes to organizing a corporate event or an incentive trip.

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Many destinations in Morocco will inspire business leaders to hold a successful meeting or a conference combined with some leisure time for the participants. Moroccan Views travel company is based on many years of travel experience in the four corners of Morocco. Our job is to stand for all the practical and logistical issues, which allows corporate leaders full time and energy to concentrate on the academic and social content. Imagine your incentive with Berber tents under the Saharan sky, a conference in some of the best and most modern hotels in the world with fabulous Moroccan cuisine, or a team building in jeeps driving through the Atlas Mountains and desert areas. Our local knowledge of every single destination is large and detailed, and we have a solid foundation for cooperation with our partners. We will tailor any incentive program according to wishes and needs of the business representatives, so the destination and content can meet the academic and social expectations for the event. Possibilities in this beautiful country are endless.

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Incentive team of the Moroccan Views is very passionate about helping our clients achieve business objectives through a high level of service. We are also active in the meetings industry, and have shared our expertise in meetings consolidation, team building, outsourcing, events, incentives and numerous conferences.

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Mission of the Moroccan Views is to reinforce team bonds, stimulate, motivate and unite your best talents. While organizing events and helping companies to build a strong community of professionals, Moroccan Views team always keeps values such as safeguarding of the natural, cultural and human inheritance, integration of the local population and development of the cultural exchange.

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With all these values, capabilities, experiences and, above all, dedication, Moroccan Views is the first choice in developing your incentives from an idea to a reality. If you want to see your employees blooming in creativity, inspiration and success, contact us: contact@moroccanviews.com See our expertise and more information at: http://www.moroccanviews.com/lstprod-events-in-morocco-41.html

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Ouarzazate – The Cinema Capital of Morocco

This small city’s name came from the Berber phrase which means “without noise” or “without confusion”. Well, that looks like the total opposite of Marrakech, Fes or Casablanca! Situated at an elevation of 1,135 metres it is the largest town in Saharan Morocco. Why you should choose Ouarzazate as one of your Moroccan holiday destinations?

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First of all, its nickname “The door of the desert” tells a lot about it as it looks to the endless sand vastness of the Sahara desert on the south. Together with the fact that it is the last place before the desert where you can purchase everything you need, this makes Ouarzazate a perfect start point for your desert trip.

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Second, who wouldn’t like to visit the cinema capital of Morocco or so-called Moroccan Hollywood? Atlas Studios, placed in the southern part of the town, is one of the biggest film studios in the world and the venue of shooting many famous films, such as Lawrence of Arabia, Cleopatra, Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven and so on (have a look: https://moroccanviewsblog.wordpress.com/2014/04/16/famous-films-shot-in-morocco/). There is no doubt that Ouarzazate provided an exotic backdrop for all these films and will do it many more times. More about the history of seventh art in Morocco can be found in the Cinema Museum.

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It’s not just the position of the town, famous studios and film sets that make Ouarzazate one of the best destinations to visit in Morocco. It is a quick-developing city with a great choice of accommodation and with so many beautiful and significant sites around it. Famous Ait Benhaddou is a must-see (read more at: https://moroccanviewsblog.wordpress.com/2014/04/30/ait-benhaddou-kasbah/), following by Taourirt Kasbah, M’Hamid and Oasis de Fint.

Visit this sub-Saharan town with Moroccan Views as a part of our tours or in the tailor-made arrangement and have your own exotic story to tell!🙂

Day tour to Ouarzazate and Ait Benhaddou: http://www.moroccanviews.com/lstprod-day-trip-from-marrakech-to-ait-benhaddou-kasbah-36.html

Ouarzazate as a part of our desert tours: http://www.moroccanviews.com/lstsscat-desert-tours-from-marrakech-10.html