A Riad is a house or palace with an interior garden. The word riad comes from the Arabian term for garden, “Riad”. Entrance to these houses is a major transitional experience and encourages reflection because all of the rooms open into the central atrium space. In the central garden of traditional riads there are often four orange or lemon trees and possibly a fountain. The walls of the riads are adorned with “tadelakt” plaster and “zellige” tiles. The style of these riads has changed over the years, but the basic form is still used in designs today.
The advantage of the Riads, they provide an individual and specialized service; and their location is in general central in the heart of the old “Medina”/City.
What is a Medina ?
Each Medina is a city unto itself, self-contained behind walls of stone covered in a red or brown plaster and standing at least 20 feet high. Inside there are countless small streets, lanes and alleys and buildings 3 storeys high looming over the lanes and passageways where people live. But above all, there are people- hundreds, thousands of people shouting and talking, begging and selling, eating at tiny food stands or drinking mint tea in 4 or 5
coffee table . Each town has its own distinct medina with a totally different character. The best ones to visit remain Fes & Marrakech Medinas.