Riad des Palmiers


Riad des Palmiers is a beautiful riad situated just within the Essaouiran city walls in a quiet residential area of the Medina, or old city. The house overlooks not only the medina but also the esplanade and beach and, beyond, both the fishing port and the old island prison of Mogador.

This luminous villa has considerable style and period charm. Offering flexible accommodation to suit groups or families
up to 12 people the house can be rented either in its entirety or by the apartment (of which there are 3 laid out over 3 floors)

Uniquely for a riad in the medina, it not only abuts the city walls and has uninterrupted views to the beach and the bay, but it also has a garden with its own mature palm trees and a sizeable plunge pool which is fed from the riad's own private well.

The villa has been renovated to retain as many of its original features as possible and it is decorated throughout with a mix of fabrics and antique furniture and artefacts sourced not only from the souks and markets of Morocco but also from the wider Islamic world.

History & original features

The riad has stood on this site for nearly 2 centuries, but it was evidently expensively refurbished around the turn of the last century during the French Colonial period. For several decades after that, it served as the house of the local Adul, (a secular dignitary) who also conducted official ceremonies such as weddings in the house itself. Indeed, stables forthe horse-drawn carriage of this respected figure were unearthed during the renovations.

The house then fell into disuse after the Adul's death, and stood empty and decaying for 50 years. It was acquired in 2008 by the English owners and has subsequently been substantially rebuilt and renovated by the commissioning of local artisans to reproduce the original features: