Morocco’s Riads

These bright airy guesthouses are quintessentially Morocco. A Riad in Arabic is a garden. It is the traditional Moroccan house in cities like Fes, Marrakesh, Meknes, and Rabat. It is usually two or more storeys around an Andalusian style courtyard with a fountain in the middle. Riads were inhabited by the wealthiest citizens, merchants, and dignitaries. With the booming of tourism, they were later converted into bed and breakfasts or restaurants. Entering one of these Riads transports you back in time. The architecture is Amazigh (Berber) and Moorish with walls adorned with plaster and zellige tiles, usually with Arabic calligraphy of poetry or verses from the Qur’an.

 

 

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