For those who have never stayed in a Riad, it is truly an “Alice in Wonderland” experience. Your car drops you outside a narrow alleyway with very high walls, points you in a direction and promises that your bags will make it to your accommodation. You grab your hand luggage and plunge into a maze of alleyways – luckily we had our guide to show the way – and then after passing nondescript doors you turn up at one that is where you will be staying. It looks tiny and then it opens and the whole world changes.
Behind those closed tiny doors can lie some beautiful and welcoming buildings and rooms and a lot of space you just don’t expect to see. Many Riads have rooftop bars to enjoy the setting sun or breakfast and the call of the muezzin and a variety if interlocking courtyards with stairs running up and down in all directions. It took us a while to orient ourselves and the best way to do this is to just plunge in and wander around until you eventually find your way back to where you started. In Riad Fes (thanks for a great recommendation Leon) there are five interlocking houses for guests and the decoration and public areas are stunning. Hope you enjoy these photos of our secret world.