Exploring and leisure
Marrakech is a fascinating city. But there is so much more to experience using Marrakech as a base.
If you would like to combine a stay at Riad Azzar with some private excursions, we will be delighted to create a programme to suit your personal tastes and we will be happy to arrange the following excursions using fully qualified and experienced drivers :
Lake Takerkoust/Marigha via Amizmiz
Lake Takerkoust, a seven kilometre-long lake, is one of the favourite days out for Marrakchis, to take a breath of fresh air away from the hectic city and admire views of the lake and the mountains, and the Agafay Desert. It’s also a perfect option to see desert dunes if you can’t spare the time for the long journey to the Sahara.
Time your excursion for a Tuesday and you can visit the weekly souk, a social event as much as commercial for the Berber farmers.
Ourika Valley and lunch with a Berber family
With its delightful river and the famous waterfalls of Setti Fatma, the valley is the ideal place to visit for a refreshing day out from Marrakech.
On this excursion we go off-road and you will be taking lunch with a village family and experience traditional Berber life.
Tnine Ourika holds an open-air market, the biggest in the valley, every Monday.
Ourika Valley with visits to the Anima Gardens, a two-hectare garden, designed by Andre Heller and/or to the Paradis du Safran, an Ecological Saffron-Farm, including an aromatic and medicinal plant garden.
Guided walks in Imlil Valley
The villages in the Imlil Valley were once only accessible by mule or the most determined of trekkers set to scale Jbel Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa. A road leads as far as the village of Imlil itself these days.
You have the option of lunch at the Kasbah du Toubkal, an award- winning mountain retreat. You will enjoy not only traditional Moroccan cuisine and glorious views of snow-peaked Jbel Toubkal, but also the politeness and charm of the Berber people who welcome you.
The trip from Marrakech takes nearly three hours each way but is worth every second when you reach the waterfalls,’ a quote on Trip Advisor that perfectly sums up this excursion. A wonderful day out of paddling in the small lake created by the waterfalls, sunbathing on the rocks, or taking a ride on one of the brightly decorated rafts that take you within splashing distance of the tumbling cascades.
In the 16 th century Essaouira was known as Mogador. In Essaouira you can refresh yourself with sea breezes as you stroll along the ramparts or barter in the Medina. The craftsmen of Essaouira are renowned for their woodwork and lacquer-ware, and the highest quality Argan oil is produced locally.
Ouarzazate and the Kasbahs of Ait Ben Haddou and Telouet
Ouarzazate carries the nickname ‘the door of the desert’, and from there on out the rugged Sahara takes over. This excursion includes a visit to the Kasbah Telouet and/or Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, a fortified village. This striking example of southern Moroccan architecture is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Tinmel Mosque is one of only two mosques open to non-Muslims in Morocco (the other is the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca). Its grandeur and eloquent design as uncovered by recent restoration, give a glimpse of its former stature as the spiritual capital and the artistic centre of the Almohad empire, who built the mosque in 1156. This excursion is also a delightful drive through the High Atlas Mountains.
Tours with a sidecar
Discover authentic Marrakech or the unreal landscape of the Agafay Desert outside Marrakech with its Berber villages and gorgeous oases by a ride with vintage vehicle.
Hot Air Balloon Flights
Discover Morocco from the skies. A unique and exclusive sunrise hot air balloon flight in the vicinity of Marrakech.
Discover the mysteries of Marrakech by bike, whether it is on a city bike, mountain bike or tandem, with or without a local guide which will make this a special experience.
And if you like to enjoy a lazy day in the Riad, we offer the following for your enjoyment within the walls of Riad Azzar:
With a ‘chef’s glass’ in your hand, our cook will guide you through a recipe for either lunch or dinner. Printed recipe, notepad and all the spices you need are provided – and you can take them home with you.
Body care treatments
Fatima is a talented professional masseuse and beautician, using only natural products made in Morocco. Her massage will relax you from top-to-toe. But, you should really treat yourself and enjoy her body scrub, facial and hair treatments in the privacy of your own room. We can also arrange for a professional manicure and pedicure. By appointment only.