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Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I get to Dar Lazuli from the bus station?

The Supratours bus station is less than a 10 minute walk from Dar Lazuli. From the station, head west towards the sea along the outside of the medina walls. Keep going until you get to the blue taxi rank. Turn right through the archway there called Bab Sbaa. Go through the second archway with the CD shop in it and clock tower above it and then turn immediately left. At Villa Maroc, turn right and then right again and you’ll see Dar Lazuli at the end of the passageway. If you have any problems just ask someone directions to Villa Maroc.

How far from the beach is Dar Lazuli?

Just a 3 minute walk.

How far is Essaouira from Marrakech?

About 150 km and the journey takes between 2.5-3 hours by car or bus.

How much is a taxi from Marrakech/Agadir?

700 dirhams (about £45) and we can arrange taxis from anywhere in Morocco.

Which clothes should I take?

Morocco is a Muslim country and although Essaouira is more relaxed than other cities, you may want to follow some of our tips on clothing. Essaouira is a laid-back seaside town, so it’s fine to wear swimwear and summer clothes on the beach. When walking around the medina however, you’ll probably feel more comfortable if you cover up and wear a t-shirt (as opposed to a strappy top) and trousers or a skirt (as opposed to shorts). It can get windy and cooler in the evenings, so take a jumper or jacket with you. A scarf or wrap is a great item to cover up during the day and to keep you warm in the evenings. Finally, there are secluded sunbathing spots on Dar Lazuli’s terraces.

Are there any cash machines in Essaouira?

Yes, there are several cash machines and banks in Essaouira where you can withdraw and change money.

What is the best currency to take?

Moroccan dirham (MAD) is the primary currency in Morocco. You can withdraw dirham from cash machines at the airport and there are several cash machines in Marrakech, Agadir and Essaouira as well. You can also exchange Euros or Pounds at banks and in some places you can pay with Euros, although this is not the most cost-effective option. Some restaurants take credit cards and Visa.

Where is a good place to park?

You can park by Bab Sbaa or at the port behind the fish grills, where parking attendants will show you where to park. They will issue a ticket and the daily rate is a few dirham.

Is there Wi-Fi at Dar Lazuli?

You can access Wi-Fi from the top roof terrace, but at present there is no Wi-Fi in the apartments.

Is breakfast included?

No, Dar Lazuli is self-catering and has tea & coffee-makers in each apartment. The riad is just a couple of minutes walk from the main square with its cafes, patisseries and, most importantly, the bakery. There you can buy fresh bread and croissants in the morning and come back to enjoy breakfast in your apartment or on one of the roof terraces.

Do any of the rooms have sea views?

No, because Moroccan riads are built around an internal courtyard with inward facing rooms. As such, the majority of bedrooms in Morocco (including those at Dar Lazuli) do not have views of the ocean. However, our top terrace has stunning views out over the beach, port and medina rooftops and is a great place for an evening G&T!

When is check-in/check-out?

Check-in is from 2pm and check-out is at midday.

How far in advance do we need to let Latifa know if we’d like her to prepare dinner for us?

Please let her know the day before, or let us know before your visit if you’d like dinner on the day you arrive or have any particular dietary requirements.

Do Rachid and Latifa speak English?

No, they both speak French but are quite good at interpreting hand signals! There is a French/English dictionary in the riad and Rachel is always on hand in the UK in an emergency.

Is Dar Lazuli suitable for young children?

Children of all ages are welcome at Dar Lazuli, although the tiled floors, balcony areas and stone stairs mean it’s not ideal for toddlers. An extra child’s bed can be made up in Sirocco and Alizee can take additional twin beds on its mezzanine level at an extra cost (bearing in mind that this is reached via a steep, almost ladder-like staircase). Two baby cots are available and can be added to any apartment for a small additional charge as well.

Do you accept pets?

Although we love animals, we can’t accept pets at Dar Lazuli.

Can we drink the tap water in Morocco?

No, but bottled water is widely available. Sidi Ali for example costs 5-6 dirham a bottle.

Can you buy alcohol in Essaouira?

The easiest options are to stock up in duty free or at Marjane in Marrakech en route to Essaouira. However, there is an off licence outside Bab Doukkala in Essaouira, although opening hours are erratic! Just walk along rue d’Agadir, through the gate (Bab Doukkala), turn right and you’ll find an inauspicious looking off licence in between the mechanic’s workshops. There are also plenty of licensed bars & restaurants in Essaouira, of which further details will be in the information we send once you’ve booked with us.

Can you take alcohol in your hold luggage?

Yes, alcohol is fine to take in your hold luggage but not in your hand luggage, unless purchased in Duty Free.

Are restaurants/bars open during Ramadan?

Yes, the majority of eateries stay open over Ramadan.

If the above hasn’t answered your question, or you’d like to book your stay with us, please contact us.

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