The riads are the typical courtyard houses of Marrakech, the most of them are used as hotel, restaurant or luxury apartment. The courtyards are the living room of the Moroccans, they are always well designed, with either fountains or a small garden. As a tourist you can stay in a Riad or visit a restaurant and enjoy a cup of mint tea in the garden.
Gardens in Marrakesh
Marrakech is located in a fertile plain, surrounded by desert. The city benefits from the Atlas Mountains, several creeks run through the plain of Marrakesh. Nevertheless, water is a rare commodity, which must be carefully used. Tourist Resorts and golf courses swallow a lot of water. Tourism has increased the lack of water in town. Parks and gardens are therefore hard to find, but in the traditional courtyard houses called "Riad" there is always a leafy courtyard with fountains.