Ouarzazate was for us the heart of our Moroccan tour. A due stop in the city born during the 20s at the Atlas foot, a place to rest the eyes after the mountain’s thousand colors and to prepare them at the impact with the desert.
Made famous by motion-picture studios and cinematographic sets that represent a great local attraction, the modern Ouarzazate has grown around what was the ancient kasbah Taourirt, a fascinating complex that is still active and can be visited by tourists, a landlord who stands above everything else for importance and beauty.
To welcome us for the night here was the Petit Riad, a place full of colors and smiles run by Madame Fatima Agoujil, the first woman guide of Ouarzazate.
Hailing from the Middle Atlas and daughter of a military commander, Madame Fatima grew up moving from one city to another, studying between Meknes and Fez. Her athletic body, the adventurous nature and a passion for travel inspired her from an early age to organize expeditions and trips with friends, to discover the beautiful world all around them. Until when, in 1988, Fatima met Ouarzazate and fell in love with it.
Hence the initiative to open up a Riad that would combine the well-known Moroccan hospitality with Fatima’s passion for the surrounding territories, which has blossomed into her even through painting and photography. Curious and resourceful, her touch is evident in every room and corner of the Riad.
It is close to the airport, has five bedrooms, a swimming pool, a terrace and a central hall where we had dinner: the meal was probably the best eaten in Morocco. A delicate soup, a tender beef with prunes and apricots, an eggplant timbale and other dishes we tasted pleasantly chatting with the other guests, with whom we shared experiences and stories.
A really enjoyable evening, a nice atmosphere that the Riad’s staff helped to create.
The Petit Riad is snug, intimate, full of details to discover.
Doors, for example, be them made of wood or glass, are painted and decorated as if to create a sort of enchanted garden: thanks to her artistic spirit, Madame Fatima has furnished this Riad with great imagination without betraying the Moroccan taste.
A recommended stop for lovers of good food, smiles and creative passion.
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