Morocco was one of those places I had always dreamed of visiting. Imagine a country located in Africa with people that speak Berber, French or Arabic. It is a destination that makes you realize why traveling is the best way to experience the world.
To start this Moroccan love affair, I went only to Marrakech - the center of this country's tourism. I wanted to get a feel of the city without having to rush exploring it. As you get older, I think you learn that traveling is not about numbers. It is about taking it slow in order to enjoy the beauty and (sometimes) chaos of a place. I decided to fly from Barcelona to Marrakech, with a stopover in Casablanca, since it was a practical route when traveling to this region.
I was certain that I would be staying in a Riad first since this was a unique accommodation in Morocco (I will be writing about La Mamounia and Amanjena after). A riad, which means garden, is basically a traditional Moroccan house with a central courtyard. If it does not have a garden in the central courtyard, it is called Dar or house.
There are hundreds of Riads in Marrakech and picking the right one for you could be quite a challenge. I picked Riad Dixneuf La Ksour or Riad 19, a boutique hotel that has that African chic vibe, only minutes away from the grand Koutobia mosque.