Travel documents and Safety
To enter Morocco you simply need PASSPORT with six-months validity left. Citizens from Europe, the US and Canada do not need a visa. The embassies and consulates based in your country can provide useful information before you travel. Please note that your holiday should not last more than 90 days! J
Marrakech is a pieceful and quite city to visit. It is recommended for all targets: young couples, families with children, groups of friends, solo travelers and over 65.
Currency & Need to change?
Dirham (DHS or MAD): with 1 Euro/CHF you get 10 Dirhams approx; with 1 GBP you buy about 15 Dirhams, with 1 US Dollar about 8 Dirhams. There are many exchange offices, especially near Jeema El Fna.
It is worth knowing that the most popular credit cards, Visa and Mastercard, as well as Euro currency are accepted almost everywhere. Don’t worry, you can get the best deal in the souks also with euro currency!
You are not allowed to leave Morocco with Dirhams in your pocket, airport Police can ispect both your checked and hand luggages.
Climate in Morocco, what to pack?
Here temperatures range between 46 and 62 farenheit (8-17 °C) in winter; 68 and 95 (20 – over 35 °C) in summer. Marrakech is a quite ventilated city, that enjoys a good thermal excursion during evening.
In winter season, it is recammandable to wear several layers of clothing and not to forget a windproof jacket. For the warmer months, you’d better put on linen clothes, not too skimpy. Hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and swimsuit to enjoy the pool on our terrace are also recommended.
Good to know: Marrakech has a such a vibrant nightlife... Dress code is smart casual :)
Are you lost in the Medina and you don't know how to return at the Dar?
For this or other needs you can contact the Riad at 00212 524 37 66 57.
Please note that the Riad is a few steps walk from the Museum of Marrakech and the Medersa Ben Youssef. Simply ask the direction the shop tenders in the souk . Young boys will offer to guide you in the right direction, in exchange for a tip…
What to See and Do?
We selected a few places and activities for you, just have a look at this page.
What would you like to do? Drive a quad in the desert, fly over Marrakech on a hot air balloon? Visit the green oasis of the city on horseback? Or maybe get lost in search of the perfect gift in the souks?
If you have any enquiry or need a booking do not hesitate a minute to ask the Staff: Maria, Said and Hicham will be pleased to advise you and assist you!!
Hammams in Marrakech…detox escape
Make sure to give yourself 1 or 2 hours in a local Hammam!
It is a ritual that has deep roots: men and women have always let themselves be soothed and pampered in this magical places made of steam, soft lighting and spicy aromas in which relaxation is assured.
There are plenty in the Medina, some traditional and bare, other more elegant.
Moroccan cuisine, what's worth tasting?
Moroccan cuisine is the queen the Maghreb’s flavors. Main speciality is Couscous with meat and vegetables or vegetables only, being a recipe that pleases everyone: vegetarian and not!
If you are looking at a unique course, then you should order a Tajine of meat with prunes, dried fruit or raisins.
The most delicate palates, would rather try the Harira (soup) with chickpeas, served hot with a drizzle of olive oil on the top.
When it's time for dessert: orange, cinnamon and lemon are the masters!
Good to know: Maria, the Chef at Dar Darma, holds a cooking class in the morning to teach you how to prepare the best local recipes. If you want, you can join one in and put your cooking technique to the test! :)
How do I book a table to stay for lunch or dinner?
Maria offers a range of expertly prepared dishes with fresh daily ingredients.
If you want to enjoy our meals,simply tell the Staff in the morning at breakfast, or email us the day before at firstname.lastname@example.org
Staff at Dar Darma will happily lay your table on the terrace overlooking the Medina, in one of the lounge areas, next to the fireplace or in the privacy of your suite. <3
Non-residents are welcome.
Vegetarian and gluten free recipes are available.
Info and useful numbers to stay connected…
Our address is 11/12 Trik Sidi Bouharba
You can call our Staff at +212524 37 66 57 (Reception) or +212661 34 30 44 (Director, Monsieur Brahim).
If you need a taxi, remember to take a small one, that could go through the narrow streets of the Medina.
If you cannot find one nearby we can always call our driver Kamal at +212661 34 33 46.
Almost everywhere you can connect WIFI: at Dar Darma, in bars and restaurants, etc ..
Best souvenirs to buy in Marrakech…
You'll be surprised by the variety of objects that the craftsmen of Marrakech expose in their boutique, in the souks of the medina.
Bags, leather accessories, belts, ornaments of silver and precious stones, home textiles, caftans and traditional slippers. And also, spices, tea, dried fruits, argan oil, incense, and endless other ideas for purchases...
Good to know: If you wish to be guided to best deal hunting, in the trendiest boutiques, Dar Darma offers you a Personal Shopper service. Just ask our staff to fix your shopping time!
Curiosity: did you know Marrakech is also known for its contemporary art galleries? Take a tour in the Medina and the new town in search of the works of local artists ...
Are you looking for the Couscous recipe? Dont' look any further...
Ingredients: ½ pound Cous cous; 1 onion; 3 zucchini ?; 3 carrots; 3 eggplant; 1 teaspoon saffron; 1 tablespoon ginger; 1 tablespoon of paprika; 1 tablespoon salt; 3 tablespoons olive oil; 2 tablespoons peanut oil; 1 knob of butter; water q.s.
Prep: 1 hour and a half - Cooking: 50 Minutes - Servings: 4-6 people
Cut all the vegetables and onion as condiments for th Couscous.
Saute for raw onions and carrots, add oil (1 olive and peanut), salt, ginger, red pepper and saffron. When the carrots have absorbed both oil and spices, then add the zucchini and eggplant. Continue over medium heat for 5 minutes, then add the warm water. Leave in cooking for 25 minutes. (The water should just cover the vegetables, not to exceed).
Just before serving, add the butter.
Pour the couscous in a bowl and add 2 tablespoons of olive oil, then mixed with both hands for a minute. Bake in a water bath for a few minutes.
Laying the couscous (pyramid shape) in a large pot, then place the vegetables around. You can also add a touch of spice to taste.
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