Riad WOW – Sky Lounge

LOCATION

The Wow is a haven of peace situated in the Medina of Marrakech between the old town centre and the Gueliz district. We boast a unique rooftop bar offering unparalleled views of the snow-covered High Atlas, the Koutoubia and the Royal Mansour Hotel. Our riad, which is very easy to get to, is located within walking distance of the famous Jemma El Fna Square and the Koutoubia Mosque. For our guests’ convenience, airport transfers are available to and from our hotel.

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Riad WOW – Surroundings

JEMAA EL FNA SQUARE

Jemaa el-Fna is a mythical square in Marrakech, a place of cultural exchanges, alive from dawn to dusk with shows and musical performances, open air restaurants and permanent entertainment. Come and discover the snake charmers, water carriers, fortune-tellers, acrobats, fire-eaters or story-tellers who meet on this world famous place which features on Unesco’s Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity List.

Distance from the Wow: 3 mins walk (possibility of guided visit)

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KOUTOUBIA MOSQUE

The most famous mosque in Marrakech was built by the Berber people in the 12th century. The Koutoubia offers a traditional Almohad architecture, with impressive decors on its four walls. Also called the Mosque for librarians, it features a 69-metre high minaret.

Distance from the Wow: 2 mins walk

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MAJORELLE GARDEN

This botanical garden was built by French artist, Jacques Majorelle, in the 1930’s. Inspired by the colour of the tiles in Moroccan houses, he created a luminous and intense shade of blue and painted his villa, garden walls, fountains, flower pots with this now famous blue Majorelle. After his death, the house was abandoned and restored in 1980 by Yves Saint-Laurent. The garden is now filled with lush, exotic plants.

Distance from the Wow: 10 mins by taxi (possibility of guided visit)

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BEN YOUSSEF MEDERSA, KORAN SCHOOL

Dating back to the 14th century, the Ben Youssef Medersa is becoming one of the most popular tourist attractions of the old town centre. This Koran school, which over the course of six centuries housed numerous generations of students in the pursuit of knowledge, offers a marvellous piece of architecture.

Distance from the Wow: 10 mins walk (possibility of guided visit)

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SAADIAN TOMBS

Each year, an increasing number of visitors marvel at the sheer beauty of these 16th century tombs discovered in 1917. Only remains of the Saadian dynasty, the building houses a mausoleum comprising nearly sixty tombs.

Distance from the Wow: 3 mins walk (possibility of guided visit)

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BAHIA PALACE

Built in the 19th century, the grand Bahia Palace boasts an impressive 150 rooms. Now open to visitors, it hosts festivals and has become a popular concert venue.

Distance from the Wow: 5 mins walk (possibility of guided visit)

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EL BADI PALACE

Former home of the Saadian kings, the site now consists of large gardens with blossoming orange trees, several pavilions and high walls. Festivals are hosted here regularly, such as the stand-up comedy festival in 2011.

Distance from the Wow: 5 mins walk (possibility of guided visit)

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GATES AND WALL

The Medina is enclosed within 8 to 10-metre high walls, which feature 22 gates that give access to the old city centre making it look like an impressive fortress. Dating back to medieval times, these impressive walls made from earth and clay give Marrakech its name of the “Red City”.

Distance from closest gate: 2 mins walk

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