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April in Marrakech – Hiking in the High Atlas

Posted on January 7, 2013 by James Robbins

April in Marrakech builds on the promising start to spring made by March. Flowers are in full bloom, the temperature is really beginning to warm up, and the grounds of Tigmi always seem on their best behaviour for the influx of guests.

It’s no surprise, then, that April is one of the most popular months at Tigmi. And I really enjoy the atmosphere around the hotel as guests arrive with optimism after a cold and dark winter.


Ski Africa! Visiting Morocco in January or February

Posted on November 11, 2012 by James Robbins

Happy New Year!

If you’re in need of a break after a hectic Christmas period, and fancy doing something a little out of the ordinary, then why not consider a skiing holiday in Africa?

[Photo by Simon White on Flickr]

We agree, it does sound odd. Snow isn’t the first thing you’d associate with Africa. But perhaps that’s part of the charm of hitting the piste in Morocco – it’s a great story to tell friends and family on your return.


Culture Shock: A Guide to Staying Safe in Marrakech

Posted on November 3, 2012 by Arabella Robbins

Marrakech will certainly awaken all your senses. The city swells with people throughout the day, the traffic seems permanently chaotic, and the confidence of the local salespeople is completely unshakeable.

You may find it overwhelming. But perhaps that’s the point of travel – after all, nobody wants to holiday in a different continent and culture only to be underwhelmed.

The problem with feeling overwhelmed is that it can also make you feel unsafe. And we don’t want that. So we’ve put together a guide to allay any concerns you may have about visiting The Red City.

The Souks in Marrakech

Pack it up

Buy or bring a secure bag or rucksack – one that isn’t easy for wandering hands to enter. It’ll be useful for keeping for shopping in, carrying a bottle of water, and keeping your camera safe.

Beat the heat

Marrakech can become uncomfortably hot due to the lack of breeze and the heat island effect. Keep your energy levels up by drinking plenty of water and eating regularly.

Plan ahead

Before you head to the city, have a good idea of how you’ll make the most of Marrakech. Without a plan, you’re an easy target for the local guides or, worse, wannabe guides –  especially if you’re idly walking around and holding up a map. If you do take advice from them make sure you are firm and let them know exactly where you want to go. Leave the route to their discretion and you’ll more than likely end up in their uncle’s shop or having mint tea with their second cousin twice removed.

Learn to say no

Give a firm “la” to anyone that is trying to take advantage of you. It means “no”. And if that doesn’t work, a mention of the “police” should see them back down. Basic, perhaps, but these people don’t want to be trouble with the law, they just want to sell you something.


Beware of pickpockets. They’re not who you may think they are. Yes, little children and other people always seem a little too close for comfort, but the one to watch are the old ladies begging in the souk. They look harmless but some of them would give the Artful Dodger a run for his money.

Manners cost nothing

Moroccans are lovely people and very helpful – but they are tough people, too. Don’t be rude or do anything to antagonise them; what you may see as a joke or banter during a haggle over price may not be taken in the right context.

Take the ‘any city’ test

Bring some of the sense with you – would you walk down a dark alley at 11pm in any city? Probably not, so best not to take the risk in Marrakech. Sadly, you’ll find bad people in cities around the world – Marrakech is no exception.

Ask the police

There are lots of police around Marrakech, and they are so helpful. Never feel threatened by them; they are there to make your trip to Marrakech as safe and enjoyable as possible.

Don’t be afraid to call it a day

If you’re feeling flustered, frustrated, or plain lost, don’t be afraid to jump on the next minibus back to Tigmi, and return to Marrakech another day when you’re armed with a better idea of where to go and what to do.

Restaurants of Marrakech : the definitive guide to eating out in Morocco’s Red City

Posted on November 29, 2011 by James Robbins

One of the most wonderful things about Morocco is the culinary experience. And the range of restaurants in Marrakech covers all budgets and appetites – whether your taste buds crave traditional Moroccan flavours or something a little more familiar.

And it’s not just about the food – there are many experiences to be had in Marrakech: You may be looking for a casual night in the square, a romantic evening for two, an authentic of Moroccan meal followed by some belly dancing, or something a little wilder.

So with that mind, we’ve compiled this definitive guide to the best restaurants in Marrakech. After all, everybody has a favourite place in the city, and we’ve written this guide to help you find yours.


Make the most of Marrakech

Posted on October 17, 2011 by James Robbins

If you’ve decided to make the journey into Marrakech, a little planning goes a long way. Here are just a few suggestions for making the most of your day in The Red City.

A food stall in Djemaa el Fna square

Go early

For a fabulous day of sightseeing, take the mini-bus leaving Tigmi at 10ish. This will get you into the city in just half an hour. Head straight for the Majorelle gardens (also known as the Yves Saint Laurent garden), as these are stunning on a good day and the colours are magnificent. It’s best to go early before the crowds, though – otherwise you could find yourself on a conveyor belt following coach-loads of tourists.

Grab a cab

Walking between all the wonderful things to see in Marrakech will eat up your time and also make you hot and tired. Don’t be afraid to jump in one of the small Fiat Uno taxis around the city. (Be aware: they only take three people. So if you are a family of four you will need two taxis.) If you are in separate taxis, do make sure you both know where you are going.

I have heard of families ending up in different places, usually because of a Hollywood-esque (tempting but wholly inadvisable) request to “follow that cab”. All of the taxis in Marrakech look the same. It would be as hard as following a black cab around Piccadilly Circus or a yellow cab around Times Square.

Make time for Lunch

Ask one of the team at Tigmi if you are looking for something specific or perhaps a little special. My personal favourite is Kechmara, in Guéliz. This is a chic Moroccan café in the new town; if you choose to eat there, you’ll find a lovely sun terrace on which to eat good food at a fair price – oh, and it is all served with a warm smile. Kechmara is also a good place for those wanting to have a coffee and check up on emails. Ask one of the waitresses about their free Wi-Fi to avoid amassing roaming charges on your iPhone or Blackberry.

Another Popular place for lunch is Grand Cafe de la Poste, this is located, again in the new town but a little closer to the Medina.

Know your prices

In the afternoon, head to the souks and just suss them out. Maybe head to the Ensemble Artisanal, this is on Avenue Mohamed V. It is a government souk so the prices are fixed. I am not saying shop here, but it will give you a good idea of prices, and will stop you from getting ripped off in the actual souk. Then head to the souk …

The Souks in Marrakech

Soak up the souks

I personally would not buy anything on the first visit, well OK just one or two things but I would save the rest for the second visit if you have time. This first visit is so that you can enjoy the souk: see it, smell it and feel the rush of it.

Sometimes the souk is very tame, but this depends on the time of year. Foot traffic can be much worse than walking down Oxford Street during the Christmas sales – it simply has to be seen and felt to be believed. The best part of seeing the souk is getting lost and finding yourself in a random alley, (Please note: I am recommending this in the daylight, not in the dark of night), selling just leather, or in the metal district where you will note that health and safety in Marrakech is, well, … relaxed. (You may find yourself stepping over workers using welding tools wearing just sunglasses or holding the nail they are banging with their toe.)

Depart, rest and return

Head back to Tigmi – after a tiring day in Marrakech, you’ll be in need of a cooling, long drink and a swim in the pool.

If you decide to head back into Marrakech, then I would go in the afternoon or evening. This time go straight to the Medina (the ancient part of the city) and get those items that you have seen and want to now spend time haggling for. After you have shopped, head to one of the roof top cafés and enjoy a mint tea while watching the life in La Place Djemaa-el-Fna (the main square). Alternatively, head to Kosybar’s roof terrace if you feel the need for something a little stronger.

At dusk the main square comes to life with all the snake charmers, story tellers, dentists and street performers. The air becomes filled with smoke from the food sellers, the noise is deafening but awakening and it truly is an amazing experience.

If you’re starting to get hungry, jump on the last mini-bus back to Tigmi at 7pm. Should you wish to return later and stay longer simply call the hotel and we will send a taxi to meet you.

Royal Wedding Holiday Deals –

Posted on November 25, 2010 by James Robbins

Kate and William’s wedding on 29 April 2011 means we can look forward to a triple rollover of bank holiday weekends and short working weeks. Technically, if your boss allows, you can stretch your Easter holiday to 11 days – while only using three days holiday allowance. Which is a bonus. So Stylist have hunted around for the best deals for late April. And if you book now you’ll be getting a bargain too.

Peace In Morocco

Half an hour outside Marrakech is Tigmi, a rustic, restorative retreat that is far away enough from the mayhem of Marrakech, but near enough for a daytime visit to haggle in the souks. The hotel is run like a private house and has an infinity pool, hammam treatments and stunning views of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains.

Read the full article here.

A time lapse of Djemaa-el-Fna

Posted on October 28, 2010 by James Robbins

I found this on Vimeo a few days ago. Perhaps it will give you an idea of the way Djemaa-el-Fna changes as the sun sets. It’s a stunning piece of work.

Day-to-Night time lapse of Djemaa el Fna, Marrakech from Michael McKelvaney on Vimeo.

From every angle, beauty

Posted on September 20, 2009 by James Robbins

This was a magical place to end up after three days in the medina of Marrakech. Silence. Bliss. From every angle, beauty! Thank you for a place, an atmosphere, a time, we’ll never forget! And hope to return again + again.

Inshallah. Leili and Jeremy, Atlanta, GA, USA – Sept 2009