New openings in Marrakech

Marrakesh – an evolving city with new cultural spaces

Jardin des Arts sculpture park Marrakesh

The amazing confluence of design talent in Marrakech is testament to the city’s vibrancy. Marrakech is a city of inspiration, innovation and creativity and proves itself to be a magnetic draw to artists and designers from all over the world. It is also a rich source of creativity for Moroccans themselves.

Green yellow mask Anima Garden Marrakech

Artists and designers draw inspiration from both the traditional and modern aspects of the city of Marrakech – the combinations of colours, patterns and design are tremendously appealing. You can pick this up just wandering around the souks – and you can see it reflected in countless blogs, design magazines, and websites that feature Moroccan-inspired design.

We’ve put together a new list of must-sees in and around Marrakech for those interested in art, culture and gardens:

Recently-opened museums in Marrakech

MACMA Musée d’Art et de Culture de Marrakech

MCMA Marrakech Art and Culture Museum

Opened in February 2016, this privately-owned art and culture museum is in a modern 400 m² space that is light and airy within the constraints of museum exhibitions and the requirements of conservation. Permanent exhibitions will be enriched with collectors’ pieces both private and from foundations. There are paintings, objets d’art and old black and white photographs. The museum also boasts an art library and literary café with poetry readings and musical evenings.

MACMA Art Museum in Marrakesh

MACMA Sculpture in MarrakeshThe museum is in the new town of Gueliz. 50 dh entry charge.

www.museemacma.com/
61, rue de Yougoslavie – Passage Ghandouri, Guéliz – Marrakech
museemacma@gmail.com
212 (0)5 24 44 83 26
Open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

 

Musée de la Civilisation Marocaine de l’Eau — the Museum of Moroccan Civilization and of Water was officially opened by Crown Prince Moulay Hasson on January 5th, 2017. It highlights Moroccan expertise in water management in what is an arid part of the world and how it is managed and distributed in villages and town.

Inauguration Museum of Civilization and Water Marrakesh

Water wheel at the Museum of Civilization and Water Marrakech

It is designed to raise awareness among Moroccans about the value of water and water conservation.

It also draws attention to the role played by the Islamic foundations and the spiritual dimension of water.

There is a permanent exhibition as well as temporary ones and plans are underway for an outdoor exhibition to supplement the museum.

Museum of Civilization and Water Marrakech

https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2017/01/205462/prince-moulay-hassan-inaugurates-museum-water-civilization/

Recently opened gardens featuring both art and gardens

Musée de la Palmeraie
Anima Garden
Le Jardin des Arts

Musee de la Palmeraie Marrakech sign

Musée de la Palmeraie

Several kilometers away in the Palmeraie (Palm grove) that is along the road to Fez, you find the Musée de la Palmeraie, opened in 2011, that features a photographic exhibition, modern paintings and sculptures by Moroccan artists. It is housed in a beautiful building and grounds that has a mix of sculptures and gardens – a herb garden, a rose garden and an Andalusian garden – and a space for kiddies. Open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Musee de la Palmeraie Marrakech sculpture garden

Musee de la Palmeraie Marrakech art gallery

Douar Tounsi – Route de Fes – Marrakech Palmeraie
Tel : +212 661 085 352
Email :  contact@museepalmeraie.com

Anima Garden

Donkey man Anima Garden Marrakesh

Along the road to Ourika, 27 km from Marrakech, is the Anima Garden opened in April 2016. The garden is a labour of love by Austrian artist, André Heller. What was previously a rose garden but no longer viable is now a 2-hectare space filled with hundreds of varieties of trees and plants. Anima is in addition a cultural space featuring works of art by German painter Hans Werner Geerdts, as well as numerous colourful sculptures.

Noah s ark Marrakech Anima Garden

There is a shuttle service several times a day – from the parking area behind the Koutoubia mosque right in the centre of Marrakesh.

For a virtual tour of the gardens

Le Jardin des Arts, Gueliz

ardin des Arts sculpture Marrakesh

In the new town of Guéliz, a sculpture park featuring thirteen works by various Moroccan artists, Le Jardin des Arts is another new addition to the gardens of Marrakech.

 

Open to the public since November 2016, it is situated close to the Bardai roundabout on Avenue Mohammed V.

 

Marrakech modern sculpture Jardin des Arts
Sculpture Jardin des Arts in Marrakesh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://visitmarrakech.ma/ouverture-jardin-arts-de-marrakech.html

Thank you to all our wonderful guests

Sitting area Riad Sapphire and Spa boutique hotel in MarrakechThanks to you, our guests, Riad Sapphire and Spa, boutique riad hotel in Marrakech, has just been awarded a Booking.com Guest Review Award with a review score of 9.5.

Book our Winter Sun 2016 special and get some sunshine.

We look forward to welcoming you to our hotel in the old city of Marrakech and treating you to our personal service.

 

Amal Women’s Training Centre and Marrakech Restaurant

Restaurant in Marrakech Amal

We are so pleased that Amal Women’s Training Center and Moroccan Restaurant have won this award. We have much admired their work – combining good food, great value and a charitable component that helps women in need in Marrakech.

Congratulations from Riad Sapphire and Spa – our riad in Marrakech run as a luxury boutique hotel

 

Modern art exhibition in Marrakech

Hamza Fakir artwork MarrakechGalerie Rê – Modern art gallery in Marrakech

 

October 15th to November 28th, 2015, Galerie Rê is showing the work of Hamza Fakir.

http://www.hamzafakir.com/

Hamza Fakir painting MarrakeshHamza Fakir work of art Marrakesh

 

http://www.galeriere.com/

Essaouira Gnaoua World Music Festival

Each June the charming port town of Essaouira comes to life with the rhythmic beats of the Gnaoua World Music Festival  This year’s festival took place  from May 14 to 17 and the final concert took place Sunday, May 17th.  The festival has become so popular that it has been described as the “Woodstock of Morocco”.  You can hear some of the music on videos uploaded to their site.

gnaoua musicians Essaouira Morocco

The Gnaoua festival is a veritable melting pot of musical influences and inspiration. Foreign artists mingle and play music with the mystical Gnaoua musicians. The Gnaoua masters invite jazz, blues, reggae, pop, hip-hop and rock musicians to explore new paths through impromptu jam sessions.

Over the years, the festival has become bigger and bigger with up to 500,000 visitors to Essaouira over four days. Unlike other festivals many of the performances are free to attend.

Bob Marley and Jimi Hendrix were both inspired and influenced by this sleepy town of Essaouira on the Atlantic coast of Morocco in the 60’s and 70’s.  It has a magical quality that transports you to another time. It’s relaxed and easy to navigate with no feeling of being rushed as in most modern cities.

The Gnaoua are a spiritual brotherhood of mystics…  for more on their background as mystics and healers https://www.fest300.com/festivals/gnaoua-world-music-festival

…their hypnotic repetition of a series of chants in Arabic can create a trance-like state. I’m going to have to go there!

 

Artist in Marrakech

e have written about the work of Hamid Khantour previously. We now have a mini-exhibition of his paintings in the small courtyard of our riad, Riad Sapphire and Spa in Marrakech.  They may be purchased by our clients – he will come and roll up the paintings for transport home.

Art exhibition Riad Sapphire and Spa in Marrakech

 

Marrakesh TripAdvisor 2015 Travellers’ Choice

Marrakesh named world’s best destination in TripAdvisor 2015 Travellers’ Choice

  Menara gardens Marrakech Atlas mountains from Marrakech

The new Travelers’ Choice #1 Destination in the world is Marrakech

 

 

– described as a magical place, brimming with markets, gardens, palaces, and mosques.

busy square Place Jemaa el Fna

 

A wonderful juxtaposition of chaos and calm, modern and traditional, the exotic and the familiar –

 

 

 

Marrakech offers intimate courtyards and snaking alleyways in the old city, the historic medina – one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.

Medersa ben youssef Marrakech

 

 

 

Come and get lost here!  We’ll help you find your way amongst the alleyways and the teeming crowds.  Marrakesh street scene

Water carrier Marrakech

 

men in main square Place Jemaa el Fna Marrakesh

 

 

Then come back to our peaceful riad and understand the calm that also exists amidst the chaos. http://www.riadsapphire.com/suites.htm

http://www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Destinations

http://edition.cnn.com/2015/03/25/travel/tripadvisor-best-destinations-2015/

http://mashable.com/2015/03/24/tripadvisor-destinations-2015/

Tips for travellers to Marrakech

We’re often asked for advice on how best to enjoy Marrakech. So we’ve compiled a small guide letting you know:

Best place to go to see the real Marrakech
Best place to buy souvenirs
Average cost of a meal
What you should not miss
What tourists should absolutely not do
Full text on this link: http://riadsapphire.com/things-to-do-in-marrakech/

For more information, tips for a pleasant, FAQs about Marrakesh, health-related, good time of year to go to Marrakesh, look at our blog posts:

http://chic-riads-marrakech.com/category/faqs/

Marrakech_water seller_short film on Marrakech_Suki Mokcoussin-berberes sissimorocco marrakesh

 

CNN GO travels to Marrakech

CNN GO travels to Marrakech

balloon ride Morocco Marrakech

This week we stumbled upon a lovely short film, watchable online, on CNN Go – the travel arm of CNN.

In the film, writer and hotelier Maryam Montague takes us on a hot air balloon ride over Morocco’s Red City and Chef Moha Fedal takes us on a scooter ride to his favourite market – Mellah Market. This is the old Jewish market which sells the freshest fish – sea bass, crab and so on – vegetables, fruit and meat. You can smell the spices as the chef walks you through the souks – wonderful! Keep watching as towards the end the chef shows how he cooks his amazing sea bass tagine in a beautiful flower-filled garden.

It’s a lively and interesting short film – around seven minutes – which shows the city from the perspective of those who love it. Tune in while it’s available, here:

http://edition.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/international/2014/07/09/spc-cnngo-marrakech-morocco-b.cnn.html

Marrakech – a place for inspiration

Five minutes of inspiration

Marrakesh-cats-markets-souks

A great way to get inspired about Marrakech and all it has to offer is to look at the wealth of wonderful photography available on the web. We recently stumbled upon this page which highlights just a few of the amazing things that you can see, buy, touch and photograph in Morocco:

http://takea5minbreak.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/exotic-morocco-through-20-photos.html

And, if we feel like stepping back in time, we turn to British Pathe and their amazing wealth of old films shot in Morocco. We watched this one this week and particularly liked the stirring music!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jmo1gKzeHM

british pathe image Marrakech market