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Bab Taghazout is the gate at the north end of the medina of Marrakech. Recently this area has had a large investment by the government to clean up the area, replace doors and do general repair work on the streets and buildings.
Where is Bab Taghazout?
The Bab Taghazout gate is at the northern end of the medina just north of the Riad Laarous neighborhood. Of all the medina areas this is arguably the most residential. It is near the Zaouia Sidi bel Abbas – a well known mosque and shrine in the city.
What else is in the neighborhood?
As mentioned this is a very residential area. The Sidi ben Slimane and Sidi bel Abbas mosques and shrine areas are in this neighborhood. Non-Muslims can not enter them but the areas surrounding are quite interesting. You’ll also find small produce markets and on the evening several shops selling a variety of street food.
Dar Yacout and Dar Zellij are two well known restaurants in this area. Head a little south of the neighborhood to dine at Limoni (their lemon ravioli is fantastic!)
Why choose this area of the medina?
There are a few reasons you might want to choose this area of the medina for your stay.
- There are quite a few affordable options for high quality riads and boutique hotels.
- You’re away from heavily touristed areas and attractions meaning quieter streets and fewer shops.
- You want to be around the daily life of Marrakechi’s living in the medina.
Riads in the Bab Taghazout Neighborhood
Walk through the cool blue front door and enter a beautiful boutique hotel. A central plunge pool, beautiful carved patterns, rooms with balcony pergolas that stretch into the courtyard and more await you. The riad itself is actually 3 homes that have been combined to create one space. Six rooms and suites are available to choose from.
A restored riad with many modern touches including their unique water element in the central courtyard and plunge pool perfect for warmer months. Enjoy meals in the dining area or on the roof. The clean and sleek design aids with your relaxation and provides a contrast to the very colorful and busy streets of Marrakech.
Riad Dar Zaman
A comfortable oasis in the busy medina, Dar Zaman is a great spot to stay. The rooms are comfortable and individually designed and the rooftop is great for breakfast viewing over the medina. If you have questions the staff here is kind and always willing to help.
On entering you’ll find the namesake of this hotel – an olive tree -in the courtyard welcoming you. The rooms are simple and tastefully decorated using traditional Moroccan materials and calming colors. A great spot especially for couples or families that are traveling together as the whole riad can be rented for a single group.
A lovingly restored riad with a giant date palm in the middle this riad is not only enchanting but has an enchanting story behind it – do make sure you ask. The rooms are beautifully laid out and the food served is some of the best in the city.
Palais Blanc Riad
A luxurious boutique hotel that boasts a good onsite restaurant as well as swimming pool and spa area in one place. The hotel is very near to a parking area meaning you can get door to door service when you stay here – ideal if you’re someone worried about getting lost while walking.
A traditional riad with multiple rooms including a family room this is an affordable option if you’re looking in the under €100 a night range. It has just four rooms with attached bathrooms giving it a small, homey feel.
Billig itself as a romantic destination this riad really appeals to couples and honeymooners. The riad doesn’t allow children under 12 and no outside food or drink can be brought in. The riad is exclusively for the use of residents. A three night minimum stay is required
Decided this area isn’t for you? Check out our post that breaks down many of the neighborhoods to decide the best place to stay in Marrakech.