Dar Manara: Asilah Morocco riad in the medina
Not far from Tangier, Asilah Morocco is a small, artsy town that offers a restful medina where you won’t get lost. Staying in a riad in the medina on a visit to Asilah means convenience: Riad Dar Manara is a cozy choice that is walkable to everywhere.
With a location just off the photogenic Bab al Homar medina gate, it only has five rooms, two doubles and three with twins (that can be pushed together if you ask). Only open since 2014 the building was completely renovated by the Spanish owner Ana and her Moroccan project manager Said.
Since the owner is Spanish, you will find a lot of Spanish travelers there; staff also speaks English and Said offers the Moroccan touch.
Like many riads, it has a rooftop terrace with cozy places to sit, relax, read or dream. Rooms are small, but offer the basic needed amenities, including air conditioning, hair dryers and soaps.
Breakfast is an expansive Moroccan treat so take time to indulge each morning. It is served in the lovely sitting room downstairs where a fireplace will offer warmth on a cool night. Spread before you is a delightful assortment of Moroccan breads (the yummy crepe-like Msemen is made in-house), jams, cheese, olives, fruit, fresh squeezed orange juice, coffee or tea and, if you ask, an egg. With that kind of treat, you will be well fortified or a day exploring the white and blue medina walls, taking in the sunset overlooking the Atlantic beach, and the street art Asilah is known for.
Many restaurants and cafes will be outside the medina, but since Asilah is so small, getting to them is not a problem on foot. Getting back into the medina after a meal, a stroll along the harbor or watching locals snap up the fresh catch each evening will end your day in Asilah pleasantly.
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We recommend planning your trip to Morocco with a reputable, local tour operator who will plan your lodging and riads precisely to suit your needs and will also ensure a place respects its staff, has ethical business practices, can get the best rates and rooms, and is safe as well as culturally authentic and charming. We have traveled to Morocco with Open Doors Morocco, owned and managed by U.S. citizen Nancy Lauer who splits her time between the United States and Morocco in running the company with her Moroccan business partners. We found the wealth of knowledge the team offered and its insights into the country, its culture and every hotel or riad to be indispensable.
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