Riad Atika

A majestic riad in the heart of Mèknes medinaBOOK NOW!
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The smell of scorching kebabs, the distant sound of the muezzin calling to the prayer, the bright coloured merchandise: the medinas in Morocco are an attack on your senses and Meknès medina is no exception. If you know where to head, even in this busy labyrinth there’s serenity and silence to enjoy. I found it at Riad Atika, a century old mansion once inhabited by a sultan and now a travelers oasis of peace and hospitality.

Upon arriving in the old city of Mèknes, I have to immerse myself in the hustle and bustle of the city’s medina. Fortunately I’m provided with proper instructions  and signposts make it not too hard to find Riad Atika. I’m warmly greeted by the man that runs this place with his wife and he urges me to directly head to the rooftop to enjoy the sunset. The contrast can hardly be any greater: elevated above the narrow streets of the busy medina, I’m having a broad view over Mèknes and nothing but the sound of birds fills the air. One look at the rooftop terrace shows this retired couple put all their love and effort in making this riad a home away from home.

My small room is, just like the other rooms and hallways, wonderfully decorated. The stunning multicolored glass ceiling gives the place a magical touch and the rich woodwork, small benches with soft pillows, handwoven rugs and authentic lamps everywhere make you feel like you just stepped in a 1001 nights fairy tale.

The next morning I’m provided a majestic breakfast and all the kind help and advice I could wish for as a traveler. With a heavy heart I say goodbye to my caring hosts, hoping that one day I will be able to enjoy this beautiful place a little longer…

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Kelly is a travel addict that roamed the world for two years before settling down in the corner of the world that stole her heart, Vancouver Island in western Canada. She feels a deep connection with nature and has always felt the magnetic pull of the mountains. When not working as an educator and youth worker, you’ll find her getting her hands dirty in her garden or exploring her new province in her old purple van Dora the Explorer. When traveling, she loves to connect with locals and to wander off the less beaten paths. On her website ‘The Untold Story Project’ she shares her stories and photos through which she hopes to inspire others to follow their dreams. For the Boho Guide, Kelly will share local places for splendid coffee, fair and sustainable food, the best outdoor adventures and small-scale, unique overnights stays to lay your head to rest.
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