Your haunting escape in Marrakech

Written on : 22 February 2018

Escape for an experience rich in discoveries

A seductive atmosphere for a total change of scenery, it’s in Marrakech that discoveries rich in colours and flavours await you. To the rhythm of Moroccan life, walk the peaceful alleys of the surroundings and let yourself be carried away by the sweetness of the places. Among locals and typical decorations, go on a journey in a world out of the ordinary.

Your stay in villas and riads that are just like home

Among the hidden treasures of Marrakech, the Red City abounds in charming villas and riads looking like Moorish palaces. With the large terraces that rise to the top of the properties, it is possible to admire the dominant views over the horizon and far away on the high Atlas mountains. Relax, refresh yourself in the pool or enjoy the sunshine in the heart of unique and authentic decorations, it is possible in these architectural jewels. In the Medina of Marrakech, enjoy a modern comfort combined with majestic pieces and antique objects, to feel like you are at home. The atypical and colourful Moroccan architecture offers you a seductive decor to escape in the land of a thousand and one nights.

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Discover the vibrant life with delicious flavours

All roads lead to the mythical place Jemaa el-Fna...acrobats, musicians, snake charmers: dive into the heart of the haunting frenzy of the artists of this colourful crossroads. Classified as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity by UNESCO, it has dozens of restaurants and cafes to enjoy delicious typical dishes. Located in the centre of the old city and close to the Koutoubia Mosque, it’s a real court of miracles that reveals all its charms once night falls. The open air theatre, revealed at the doors of the souks, opens doors to an unknown world. Other places around will also transport you in the bustle of Marrakech: the new modern city Gueliz, the place of Spices or one of the best restaurants of Moroccan gastronomy at Royal Mansour.

Stroll through the traditional markets and souks of the Medina

In search of bargains or just for the pleasure of your eyes, souks are the must-see stop of your stay. A bit nonchalant at first sight with their narrow lanes, they unite all the richness of Moroccan craftsmanship. Pottery, perfumes, carpets, fabrics, slippers and other little treasures, you will find everything! Organised by crafts, the stands extend as far as the eye can see like a labyrinth where a vibrant atmosphere prevails. To find traditional clothing, you have to go to the El Kessabine souk. Looking for typical babouches? Smata souk is a little slipper bazaar! Stop at the El Haddadine souk in the street of blacksmiths or at the Sebbaghine souk to discover the naturally pigmented mixtures of Moroccan dyes.

In this Medina, it is pleasant to get lost in the heart of extravagant courtyards, to appreciate the colourful Islamic and North African motives of mosaics and to negotiate with the sellers of the souks. In search of the most beautiful gift for your loved ones or your pair of traditional babouche, strolling in the souks is an unforgettable experience!

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An immersion in Moroccan history

Palaces and museums: your cultural rendez-vous

Marrakech's museums and palaces abound in the narrow streets of the city, a meeting place between history and time. The collections and exhibitions are true testimonies of the past and modern art. Among the most typical, focused on art and regional craftsmanship, the Museum Dar Si Said displays a sumptuous and magical decor in which it is possible to admire Berber know-how through a collection of works of art from Southern Morocco. Near the Jardin Majorelle, another small cultural and architectural jewel rises in perfect harmony with the surrounding landscape. A real celebration of the great Western couturier, the Yves Saint Laurent Museum is a place where the creations of the designer's collections are displayed, making Marrakech the source of his exotic inspirations. With a range of varied themes (Africa imaginary trips, masculine-feminine, extraordinary gardens...), the works are notably highlighted by a splendid scenography by Christophe Martin.

Traditional objects from Morocco in the Dar M' Nebhi Palace is where the Marrakech Museum awaits you. With a visit to its traditional hammam or its large courtyard with fountains, arches and walls covered with zelliges, this centre offers a vision of cultural heritage and contemporary art. Among the  magnificent mosaics typical of the region, the Tiskiwin House offers a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere in Spanish-Arabic architecture. It brings together Berber wonders of all kinds: musical instruments, jewellery, furniture, costumes, carpets. This little journey through time takes you to the heart of Moroccan art.

Unavoidable historical monuments

Among the many monuments that represent the culture of the region, Médersa Ben Youssef is one of the most popular sites in the Medina. This ancient Koranic school houses a magnificent marble basin, enchanting calligraphy or even splendid mosaics in the Arabo-Andalusian style. In the background, listening to the melodious singing of the muezzin, the mosque of Koutoubia and its minaret will surely inspire you. Inside, there is one of the largest prayer rooms in the country in a sober decoration with magnificent ornamentation. In your cultural discoveries, the Tombs of the Saadians are true vestiges of the Saadian dynasty during the golden age of the country. With their room of 12 columns with cedar ceilings and marble burials or with their minimalist garden, they are an unmistakable passage to Marrakech.

Relaxing in the heart of natural spaces

Like the high mountains of the Atlas Mountains that rise up in the distance and its captivating atmosphere, natural spaces are abundant in the city. In the heart of Marrakech, the Jardin Majorelle, created by the French painter Jacques Majorelle in 1931, is a relaxing haven of peace. This living work of art is filled with plants from five continents in bright colours and is also home to the Berber Museum of Culture. Along the coloured facades, it is pleasant to stroll through the alleys of this serene oasis. Located in the centre of Guéliz, El Harti Garden displays a collection of incredible plants and cacti. It is an ideal place for beautiful walks along the many paths lined with palm trees.

Enjoy the freshness of the sunset in the middle of about forty varieties of century-old olive trees. The Jardin de la Ménara is one of the oldest gardens in Marrakech with its large irrigation basin in the centre. The building, which is located there, was built by a sultan in the Wintering Quarter and is a peaceful and ancient place. With a view of the snow-covered mountains in the distance, the places allow you to relax and enjoy the moment.

Off the beaten track, there is a magnificent landscape in the South of the country: the Ourika Valley. It is full of pretty little Berber villages but also of organic aromatic gardens prized for their medicinal plants with scents and virtues. You can't miss this experience! And, at the end of the day, after your colourful excursions, try the traditional Moroccan beauty rituals to relax and rest or start a golf game in front of the Atlas Mountains.

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