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Essaouira Gnaoua Festival 14-17 May, 2015

Essaouira Gnaoua Festival 2015

The 2015 Essaouira Gnaoua Festival will be held over four weeks early this year to avoid clashing with Ramadan, which falls in mid June until mid July. The Gnaoua Festival will run from 14-17 May, 2015 and promises another programme packed with local and international talent. Visit the Gnaoua Festival site for more information. Our […]

Marrakech Airport Bus No 19

Marrakech Airport Bus no. 19

The city of Marrakech’s public transport bus service is operated by a Spanish company called Alsa.  Alsa provides an Airport Bus service (Bus no. 19) for transferring from the Marrakech Menara airport to the medina (ancient city) and Gueliz (new city) of Marrakech.  Bus number 19 is definitely the least expensive method of airport transfer, at […]

Carre Eden Shopping Centre in Gueliz Marrakech: shopping, restaurants, cafes

Carré Eden Shopping Centre Marrakech

The Carre Eden Shopping Centre on Boulevard Mohamed V in Gueliz, Marrakech, opened to the public in May, 2014.  There are 60 retail units including electronics, cosmetics, home furnishings and some major brands of casual clothing and sportswear including H&M, Springfield, Adidas, Guess and Lacoste. On the basement level Carrefour has a well stocked supermarket, a […]

EasyJet to launch flights from Luton to Essaouira


From 1 May, 2015 EasyJet will start a direct service from Luton to Essaouira. The flights will run on Mondays and Fridays, departing Luton at 6.40 am and arriving at 10.20 am local time. Fares start from £67.99 for the outbound leg, and £35.08 coming back. No trip to Morocco would be complete without spending […]

Marrakech International Film Festival 2014

Marrakech International Film Festival 2014

The 14th edition of the Marrakech International Film Festival will take place this year from 5-13 December, 2014. The 2014 festival will welcome a major delegation of actors, directors and producers, and spotlight some of the masters of the Japanese movie industry. Sharing the spotlight will be Yasujiro Ozu, Kore-Eda Hirokazu, Kenji Mizoguchi, Mikio Naruse, […]

Morocco Tour on Harley Davidson

Harley Davidson Morocco

If  you ride a Harley Davidson or are planning to acquire one prior to April 2015, why not join this Harley Davidson tour of Morocco planned for April 2015. It promises to be a trip of a lifetime, offering an unforgettable ride through the stunning scenery of Morocco. Starting in Casablanca and travelling to Fes and […]

Lonely Planet Recommended Guesthouse Marrakech

Lonely Planet Recommended Guesthouse

Lonely Planet came to stay at Riad Dar Zaman in 2014. This is what they wrote about us: “What Dar Zaman may lack in size it makes up for in heart, with extraordinary personal attention from Peter, Hassan and Karima. Other guests obviously think the same, as dinner dates quickly transform into social events offering opportunities to […]

Ramadan 2014 Marrakech Morocco

Ramadan Marrakech 2014

Ramadan 2014 in Marrakech will start on 28 June, give or take a day, and last through the majority of the month of July, ending on 27 July, again, give or take a day. The dates can never be exact as the start and end of Ramadan depends on sightings of a certain phase of […]

Riad Dar Zaman Awarded 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Marrakech Riad TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Marrakech, Morocco – 22 May, 2014 – Marrakech Riad Dar Zaman today announced that it has received the 2014 TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honours hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Establishments awarded the Certificate of […]

Marrakech Airport Arrivals and Departures

marrakech menara airport

Below are the scheduled Arrivals and Departures for today at Marrakech Menara airport.   Flight information is provided by FlightStats, and is subject to the FlightStats Terms of Use. Our Marrakech Riad is the perfect base for a holiday in Marrakech. Just 20 minutes from the airport, our driver will bring you to our door […]

Mustapha Blaoui Tresors des Nomades

mustapha blaoui marrakech

Mustapha Blaoui owns an enormous labyrinth store full of beautiful carpets, furniture, artwork, lamps – you could quite easily furnish your entire house here. Everything in the store is of the best quality, and mainly manufactured locally. Worried it won’t fit in your luggage?  Not a problem, they will ship to absolutely anywhere with a […]

Gluten Free Breakfasts

"Bissara" or fava bean soup

At our Marrakech Riad we cater to guests’ individual needs wherever possible. If you are gluten intolerant it does not mean you have to miss out on breakfast. With the understanding that options may be more limited than where you usually live, a gluten or wheat free breakfast at Dar Zaman can still be a […]

Morocco Rail 50th Anniversary

Train Station Marrakech

2013 marks the 50th anniversary of ONCF, the “Office National de Chemins de Fer” which is the Moroccan name for the Moroccan rail company.  The anniversary coincides with the 100 year anniversary of the first train track being laid in Morocco. The occasion is being celebrated around the country during a six month period at […]

La Cantina Essaouira

La Cantina English café Essaouira

La Cantina Essaouira is an English owned café located on a sun-kissed square in the Mellah district of Essaouira offering delicious home-cooking. La Cantina has created a following for its burgers which have been voted the “best burgers in North Africa” two years in a row. Other favourite menu items are the lasagne and vegetable stir fry. […]

Les Bains de l’Alhambra Marrakech

Les Bains de l

There are a number of excellent spas in Marrakech where you can try hammam and massage, pamper yourself and forget about the world outside for a couple of hours. Les Bains de l’Alhambra is a spa that we know well and recommend to anyone who asks. It’s located in the Kasbah district, just opposite the […]

Marrakech International Film Festival 2013

Marrakech International Film Festival

The 13th Marrakech International Film Festival will be held this year from 29 Nov – 7 Dec. The President of this year’s Feature Film jury is the Academy Award-winning director, Martin Scorsese. The competition for best film sees productions from Japan, Venezuela, the USA, France, South Korea, Sweden,Cuba and the UK. Main Competition AGAIN -Japan […]

Supratours Bus Marrakech

Supratours Marrakech to Essaouira service

Supratours is the name of the national bus company in Morocco that operates as an extension of the rail network. It is owned by ONCF (Office National des Chemins de Fer).  The Supratours network stretches to the south, east and west of Marrakech.  The two most heavily travelled routes from Marrakech are those to Essaouira […]

Marrakech Tenpin Bowling

10-pin bowling Marrakech

If you are looking for a fun activity in Marrakech to while away a couple of hours, head over to Le Kech 10-pin Bowling at the Operal Plaza Hotel, located just across from the Train Station and opposite the Theatre Royal. Le Kech Bowling offers six tenpin bowling lanes along with pool tables and table-football. […]

Main Post Office Medina Marrakech

Post Office Jemaa el Fna Marrakech

Sitting proudly on the southern edge of Jemaa el Fna is one of two main Post Offices in Marrakech (the other is in the new town, Gueliz). Here you can buy stamps and post your postcards. There is a separate counter for sending items with proof of delivery, express and to international destinations. If you […]

Royal Air Maroc adds direct London to Marrakech flights

Royal Air Maroc

Great news for those travellers who fly to Marrakech from London.  Starting in November 2013, Royal Air Maroc will be adding four direct flights a week to its existing service that until now had an obligatory stop in Casablanca. It adds another alternative to easyJet, RyanAir and British Airways, so don’t forget to compare prices and […]

New Year’s Eve in Marrakech

New Years skiing at Oukaimden near Marrakech

The period around the New Year is an exciting time to spend in Marrakech.  The days are generally sunny and warm, with blue skies stretching to the snow-capped High Atlas Mountains to the south of the city. The nights are crisp with a festive atmosphere, and the smell of wood smoke from log fires hangs […]

Christmas in Marrakech

Christmas in Marrakech

Christmas in Marrakech is a popular choice, not just for those wanting to get away from the commercialism of a modern-day European Christmas. With wonderfully warm sunny days and cool cosy evenings, exotic Marrakech is just 3 1/2 hours from the cold, grey and damp Christmas often experienced at home. Treat yourself to a Marrakech […]

Patisserie Amandine Launches Multi-coloured Macarons

Patisserie Amandine Macaroon Selection

Popular bakery Amandine is set to launch a line of multi-coloured macarons on Thursday, 5 September offering 15 delectable flavours including Mango Passion, Violet, Pistachio and Peach amongst good old favourites like Raspberry and Chocolate. A Macaron is a light baked type of confection, somewhat meringue-like depending on its consistency. Not to be confused with […]

Moroccan Pastilla and Briouates Marrakech

Savoury Briouates

Two delicious dishes that you must try during any holiday in Marrakech are the Moroccan Pastilla and Briouates. The Pastilla generally comes in three forms – Chicken, Pigeon and Seafood. The chicken and pigeon varieties are a sweet and savoury combination, with sweetened almonds mixed in with the meat and a garnish of cinnamon and […]

Copa do Mundo de Clubes da FIFA de 2013

FIFA Marrocos

 A Copa do Mundo de Clubes da FIFA de 2013 vai ser disputada nas duas cidades de Marrakech e Agadir no Marrocos entre 11 e 21 de dezembro, 2013. Durante estes 10 dias, 7 times de futebol de 6 confederações futebolisticas vão jogar para ganhar a Copa do Mundo de Clubes da FIFA. Os estádios […]