Summer in Marrakech has long been top of my travel list – exploring the labyrinth of the Medina, shopping at the souks, eating authentic tagines and sipping mint tea at sundown.
If you’ve always marvelled at the ornate patterns on Moroccan architecture and ceramics, Marrakech riad Dar Les Cigognes is running a three-day Traditional Pottery Course in the centre of Marrakech in June.
The workshop will be led by Julio Miranda Thiel, a hugely successful potter originally from Chile and a long time resident of Marrakech.
Over the three days the group (limited to ten people) will take part in:
– Two half days in a local master potters studio – trying out local techniques and learning about the art of Moroccan pottery
– Visit to a number of galleries and stalls selling the best and most interesting pottery in Marrakech.
– Dinner hosted by Julio Miranda Thiel with talk on the artistic scene in Marrakech.
– Final night rooftop party with local dancers, flamethrowers, snake charmers and magicians.
Opposite the Royal Palace, Dar Les Cigognes was one of the first riad hotels to open in Marrakech and was originally a wealthy merchant’s house, dating back to the 16th century.
Dar Les Cigognes is now a stylish bolthole with individually designed rooms reflecting the culture and history of Morocco.
In between crafting pots and exploring the Medina, you can relax in the hammam, try a massage using Dar Les Cigognes’ own blended Argan oil or swim in the rooftop pool.
Rates from €570 (£480 approx) for three nights from 13th-16th June on a B&B basis at Dar Les Cigognes including 2 half days pottery course, gallery visits, hosted dinner and final night party.
For more information, visit: www.lescigognes.com
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