Riad Kalaa 2 Rabat

We enjoyed our recent stay at Riad Kalaa 2 in Rabat, Morocco’s capital. Like all riads, the building doesn’t look like much from the outside: a simple three-storey wall with three small windows, shutters closed, and a door with a tiny sign and a buzzer. Once you’re inside, it’s a completely different world. This former family residence turned hotel was beautifully renovated and maintained and we loved the decorations, furniture, and other design elements. They also have a tiny but nice pool on the roof. The interior court houses the riad’s own restaurant. We only had breakfast there the following morning, but the dinner we saw some of the guests have looked top-notch from where we were standing. (It ranks #16 out of 247 restaurants in Rabat and carries a Certificate of Excellence on Tripadvisor.) We decided to have dinner at nearby Riad Dinarjat, just 2 minutes walk away. Our […]

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Atlas Mountains Day Trip Marrakech

On our first full day in Marrakech (main post here) we did a day trip to the Atlas Mountains with a personal driver (and SUV) that was recommended to us by our riad. After one hour and forty minutes we made a quick fifteen minute stop at an argan oil store where you could watch mostly old local ladies produce expensive liquid used for food, medical, and cosmetic purposes right in front of you. Another 20 minutes later we arrived at the first of two main stops: the pretty Ourika waterfalls. The riad had suggested that no local guide was necessary at the two locations where we were stopping. They were absolutely right. The waterfalls did not carry much water during this time of year, but the narrow valley and the mountains around it are amazing.   You climb steep mountain paths along a little river, once or twice on […]

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Marrakech – Beautiful Ancient Royal City and Gate to the Sahara

We have just come back from our 5-day trip to Morocco. We arrived at beautiful Rabat on an incredibly cheap £49.00 Ryanair flight at 10pm, after a three-hour flight from London, and took a cab to our riad (a riad is a medieval town house with large interior court that has been converted into a hotel or bed&breakfast, in our view the best type of accommodation in Morocco, unless you want to splash out big on 5-star luxury hotels). We had a quick dinner, then straight to bed. The next morning, we did a bit of sightseeing and were on our four and a half hour train ride to Marrakech by lunch-time. Flying directly into Marrakech would have cost several times as much and we appreciated the opportunity to visit another Moroccan city. The train ride was comfortable, not overcrowded, and in a western-style modern train with wide seats and […]

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Two hours in Rabat

We had arrived in Rabat the previous night. Once we had finished our breakfast at riad Kalaa 2, packed, stored our luggage, and checked out, we realised that we only had two hours left before we had to be at the station. We still had to buy our tickets before taking the train to Marrakech, where we were going to spend the next four days, doing a Sahara desert tour and a trip to the Atlas mountains. If you have a chance to stay in Rabat for longer, by all means, do so. We would have loved to explore the city for much longer, but unfortunately we were pressed for time, so tried to make the best of this short visit. From the riad it is only a five minute walk to the white and blue famous Kasbah des Oudayas, with its fortifications on the top of a hill from […]

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Dinner, Riad Dinarjat, Rabat

The riad where we were staying in Rabat on the first night of our recent trip to Morocco, Riad Kalaa 2, served dinner themselves, but we thought might as well check out the neighbourhood and they recommended going for a bite at Riad Dinarjat (#8 of 247 Restaurants in Rabat and a Certificate of Excellence on Tripadvisor), less than two minutes’ walk away. We were immediately welcomed by the friendly staff and seated at one of the tables in the ground-floor arcades. The atmosphere was delightful. Not only the beautiful building itself with the lovely furniture and decorations, but there were also two musicians with traditional instruments, a stringed instrument sounding not too different from a guitar, despite the exotic looks, and a couple of percussion instruments. Service was rather slow and at some stage we thought we might have been forgotten, but this might have been down to the […]

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