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Last updated: 31 October, 2022
Expert travel writer: Mandy Sinclair

As the name might suggest, Palais Blanc’s stark white interiors provide a distinct contrast to the colourful and bustling souks outside this former manor house.

Mixing Moroccan design with Italian touches, the size and scale of the palace mean this feels more like a traditional hotel than an intimate riad.

A small patio at the entrance to each room offers a private space to sit and enjoy the birdsong rising up from the courtyard, while the sizeable pool and terrace offer fantastic lounging potential after a morning in the souks.

The riad’s location at the northern end of the medina means it’s ideally placed for exploring the wide boulevards and boutiques of the Ville Nouvelle, as well as the city’s major historic sights, including the Ben Medersa mosque and the Koutoubia.

Surrounding area

While the riad is slightly removed from the main action of the souks, it’s easily accessible on foot. Outside, main roads dotted with small cafes and shops catering to both tourists and locals lead to the heart of the souks.

The streets are busy with scooters, automobiles, and donkey carts, but it’s easy to hail a taxi to the Ville Nouvelle for shopping, dining, and sightseeing.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers*
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
: Nearby *
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

Bucket list experiences our writer says you must do in this destination, closest first

Souks of the Medina

Marrakech, Marrakech-Safi, Morocco[1 miles]

The world’s quintessential Arabic bazaar, the Medina’s maze-like souks are a shopper’s paradise.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free

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Jemaa El Fna

Marrakech, Marrakech-Safi, Morocco[1 miles]

UNESCO World Heritage-listed central square that hums with snake charmers, musicians, magicians and other exotics.

Best for ages: 6+ | Free

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Other worthwhile experiences in this destination if you have the time or the interest, closest first

Fez-wearing cafe worker in front of wall covered in tin jars

Bacha Cafe

Marrakech, Marrakech-Safi, Morocco[0.4 miles]

Nestled inside the Dar el Bacha palace, Bacha Cafe is elegance at its finest. Coffee recommendations are suggested based on time of day, and are best accompanied by a treat from the cake counter.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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View of Marrakech on a clear day from rooftop cafe

Rooftop cafe of Photography Museum

Marrakech, Marrakech-Safi, Morocco[0.7 miles]

A high terrace provides panoramic views of the medina, including the Atlas Mountains in winter months. Time a visit with when the muezzins call the prayer from the surrounding mosques for additional Arabian atmosphere.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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Tiled interior courtyard of a riad (traditional Moroccan home) with plants and a fountain

Photography Museum

Marrakech, Marrakech-Safi, Morocco[0.7 miles]

Tranquil Medina riad housing an interesting collection of photographs documenting Moroccan life from the 1870s-1950s, that gives the best insight into life in the city before tourism arrived.

Best for ages: 18+ | £4

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Moroccan bread for sale in a shop in Marrakech

Bab Doukkala Market

Marrakech, Marrakech-Safi, Morocco[0.7 miles]

Bustling with fishmongers and butchers, street vendors selling in-season fruit and veg, bread fresh from the local oven, and more. In between, small kitchens serve street food specialties through the morning and afternoon.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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