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Riad Noga

Marrakech, Morocco


  • Shopping is a national pastime, and the souks are only a short walk away (official guides can be arranged if you want any help with haggling)
  • Engross yourself in the all-singing, all-dancing, fire-eating, snake-charming, food-vending madness of Djemaa el Fna, 10 minutes' walk away
  • Visit some of the city's spectacular palaces, including El Bahia (where the Moroccan royal family stays when in town), vast El Badi, and pretty Dar Si Said, which houses a museum of Moroccan crafts
  • See art exhibitions at the Musée de Marrakech in the northern medina, then head over to the Maison de la Photographie nearby
  • Marvel at the tiled courtyards, mirror-still pools and ornate archways at Ben Youssef Medersa, a now-defunct Koranic school and one of the best examples of Islamic architecture in the city
  • Play golf at one of many 18-hole courses in the Palmeraie, 10-30 minutes away by 'petit taxi'
  • Visit a resident German painter and even buy some of his work (ask Gaby)
  • Escape to the Atlas Mountains for a trek, some fresh air and perhaps even a hot-air balloon ride - day trips with guides and transport can be arranged through the riad
  • Or head to the southern deserts for a camel trek or just a glimpse of the endless dunes
  • Trips to the Atlantic Coast - for a swim, a surf and a lunch of fresh fish - can also be arranged
  • In winter, the Oukaimeden ski centre (open December to March) is only an hour or so south of Marrakech

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Food and wine
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Horse riding
  • Hot air ballooning
  • Museums/galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Private guided tours
  • Shopping/markets
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Traditional cultures
  • Trekking
Save to favouritesPrintMailRiad NogaTake a pair of historic houses, gut them, refurbish them with Moroccan objets d'art, coat them in tadlakt glazing, add a solar-heated pool, and what have you got? Riad Noga. This dream recipe has served German owner Gaby very well since she opened back in 1999. We felt instantly at ease as we retreated from the bustling medina into the tranquil twin courtyards, which brim with palms, lemon trees, cacti and other greenery. There are also 3 sun-bathed terraces dotted around the rooftops, a covered gallery draped in bougainvillea, and lots of little nooks which entice you to kick back on piles of Berber cushions. Inside, the 7 [r:MC002:bedrooms] mix handcrafted doors, intricate tiling and vaulted ceilings with warmed-hued fabrics, open fireplaces and cosy rugs. To top it all, Gaby and her multi-lingual staff (ably assisted by a resident tortoise and an African grey parrot called Kleinie) are attentive yet wonderfully discreet, seemingly appearing from nowhere whenever you need assistance. Marrakech may have an ever-increasing number of sleek, designer riads, but few can match Noga for homely charm and a warm welcome.

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