La Belle Époque is a beautiful example of previous Marrakech settings. Another splendid Medina house restored for our pleasure. This is Teresa´s and Victor´s house, who in love with the Pink City and happy to share their love for it, with us. It smells of spices and burning candles, and on the terrace, at the beginning of the afternoon and at other stipulated times the muezzin´s chants call to prayer. In the 7 rooms, Moroccan furniture and art-deco objects are to be found, each room has the name of a woman important in history and in the art of living as are Karen Blixen, Isadora Duncan or Anita Delgado. The rooms give onto a central patio garden. La Belle Époque is a wonderful example of classic Riad, galleries in wood and plaster filigree. There is also a living room with a fire place, a swimming pool and a chill out space for the best moments.
Without striving for it, Marrakech is a town in which one can move about in with relative ease in a wheel chair because the medina hardly has any pavements. The hotel has signs in Brail on all its doors since March 2011. Morocco audio guide system via mobile phone with www.toozla.com
Marrakech is an exciting town and the Medina is its main attraction, for a few days of wandering and shopping. Obliged visits are the Majorelle Garden, the Medersa and the nearby Marrakech Museum. The Menara, former water-tank surrounded by an olive grove is also worth visiting. And La Palmeraie Circuit, because of the palm groves north of the town. Skiing, only an hour away in the Atlas ski resort of Oukaimeden. The expedition to the summit of the Toubkal (4.160m) is a fascinating adventure if one has 2 days in which to go. Other interesting visits are to the Aït Ben Haddou Kasbah and the Ourika Valley.
Marrakech is a Moroccan icon and in spite of all the tourism which invades the town it still maintains much of its original charm. The medina is an unaltered world, a steaming mass of people and shops. The Jema-el-Fná square is the tourist and social centre of the town, with two different settings, the morning one, with snake enchanters, story tellers and Berber healers, and in the evening, with itinerant restaurants and the fresh orange juice or boiled snail stands, all of this surrounded by smoke coming from grilled meat or fish.
Marrakech, les secrets des maisons-jardins. ACR édition. About 70€
Marrakech, l´ oasis rouge. La Bibliothèque des Arts, 2003. About 20€
In the Riad we can enjoy classic Moroccan cooking, cuscus, tajins, kebabs or the unbelievable mechoui lamb.
Moroccan honey and almond pastries in the Pâtisserie des Princes, by the square. In the Medina, babuchas (slippers), silver, “Berber pharmacy” products.