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Marrakech excursions

A day out in the country around Marrakech

Atlas berber village excursion near Marrakech

Some suggestions from our blog piece for a day’s excursion from Marrakech

  • Walking in the foothills of the countryside around Marrakech
  • A day in a kasbah
  • Berber farm near Marrakech
  • Country club
  • Artists’ retreat

– a nice change from the bustling city of Marrakech.

We will help you arrange your trips/excursions.

Selman Hotel Marrakech Matisse Art Gallery art exhibition

Art exhibition Marrakech Regards Orientalistes Selman Hotel

Regards Orientalists – art exhibition in Marrakech

Between December 26th and January 5th, 2015, art exhibition being held at the prestigious Hotel Selman just outside Marrakech.

The exhibition is a collaboration between the Selman Hotel and the Matisse Art Gallery with the theme “Regards Orientalistes” .

Selman Hotel is at the foot of the Atlas Mountains, a palace with gardens and beautiful design by Jacques Garcia and built by the best artisans. It also boasts a stable of gorgeous Arabian horses.

Worth a trip to visit.

Km 5, Route d’Amizmis

Route du Barrage

Takerkouste

+212 524 45 96 00

email: info@selman-marrakech.com

Link to Selman Facebook

Matisse Art Gallery

+212 5244-48326

61 Rue de Yougoslavie, N° 43 Passage Ghandouri, Marrakesh, Morocco

+212 5244-48326

Marrakech on Pinterest

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Any designer/traveller/photographer/artist worth their salt has a soft-spot for Marrakech. Over the years artistic people have flocked to the city drawn like moths to a flame for its colours, scenery, landscapes and people. The city is a hive of inspiration and creativity.

So, it’s no wonder that Pinterest, the photo pin-board website has hundreds of boards where people have put up (or ‘pinned’) their favourite pictures of the city.

From hotels to fashion designers, travellers to musicians, there are photos to inspire even the most jaded traveller. Some of the best ones are those curated by interior designers, who naturally have a flair.

Here is just a handful of some of our favourites – and ones which we follow.

http://www.pinterest.com/riadlinda/ – owned by Linda Lyons who runs a beautiful riad in the Marrakech medina.

http://www.pinterest.com/magicmarrakech/ – ‘magic is something you make’ a statement we agree with!

http://www.pinterest.com/beyondmarrakech/ – ‘Twirling the souks of Marrakech, sourcing vintage Moroccan carpets and wedding blankets. Building guesthouse Dar Zohra in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco.’

http://www.pinterest.com/LaMamouniaHotel/ – needs no introduction, keep up with their board to see regular pictures of the bold and the beautiful in the city’s most famous hotel.

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Polo in Morocco

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Polo is a sport famously played by kings and noblemen. Dating back to a time when royal guards and elite troops practised it as a form of cavalry training, it is still popular with wealthy Moroccans today.

Marrakech is home to North Africa’s first polo resort, Jnan Amar Marrakech (www.jnanamar.com). There, in the southern corner of this large retreat, is a smartly designed equestrian complex. The stable can hold up to 104 horses, and there is a Riding Academy where you can learn to play polo with professional trainers in the outdoor practice field.

On the 19th of April this year there will be a high-profile event at Jnan Amar Marrakech in aid of the Eve Branson Foundation – a Moroccan charity serving disadvantaged communities in the High Atlas. Several VIPs will be in attendance.

You can apply for an invitation here: http://evebransonfoundation.org.uk/assets/2014_Morocco_Save_The_Date_V8-1.jpg

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Classic reads: Lords of the Atlas by Gavin Maxwell

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This book, which has the sub-title ‘The Rise and Fall of the House of Glaoua 1893-1956’, is set in the medieval city of Marrakesh. It tells the tale of ambitious warlord brothers from the High Atlas Mountains and their rise to great power in Morocco in the early 20th century. A page-turner, Maxwell balances ostentation, mystery and terror in equal measure.

Lords of the Atlas was first published in 1966, then again by the British publishing house Eland in 2004. The Publisher, Barnaby Rogerson, has this to say about the book:

“Beware, ‘Lords of the Atlas’ can instil a desperate craving for Morocco and the red-walled city of Marrakech. I drunk too deeply, too young, from a magic potion composed of Gavin Maxwell’s ‘Lords of the Atlas’ and Delacroix’s ‘Arab Tax’, and have been obsessed by Morocco ever since.”

You can read an extract of the book here: http://www.travelbooks.co.uk/extract.asp?id=71

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Jarjeer Mules – great day trip near Marrakesh

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The Jarjeer project, a community set in six hectares of land in the foothills of the High Atlas, was developed by Charles Hantom and Susan Machin. The couple have close ties with the village of Oumnas and are active in promoting and helping to preserve Berber traditions. They also have a great deal of love and respect for animals and work tirelessly in looking after donkeys and cows.

A visit to Jarjeer is possible and as the project is located just 24 kms from Marrakech, this can make for a great day trip with a difference.

You can travel to the estate and take part in a cooking class, eat a delicious meal and meet the donkeys and cows – great for children. Here you can spend a pleasant afternoon learning all about the working life of donkeys – an important part of Moroccan culture.

People you might meet at the estate include Sade Brahim, a farrier (a specialist in equine hoof care), who lives in the village and was trained by SPANA in Casablanca. Other team members include Mohammed, the Head Muleteer who has overall responsibility for the animals and Abjelih, an experienced horse rider who is also a guide for walks around the surrounding countryside.

All proceeds from the sale of refreshments goes to the welfare and upkeep of the animals.

http://www.marrakechmules.com

 

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Go ‘off-road’

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Cyclists who like to go ‘off-road’ should look no further than AXS (www.argansports.com), a Marrakech-based bicycle company which offers touring, distribution, retail, and soon, a café. Ideal for ex-pats who are looking for an alternative way to explore Morocco, or for visitors who are keen for an adrenaline-filled trip.

Tours include the easy, beginner-level ‘Magical Marrakech’ tour, which is an hour and a half cycling past the King’s palace, the Medina and the Djeema-El-Fna where tour members stop to drink some of the best freshly-squeezed orange juice in the world.

Or, for something more adventurous, there’s the ‘intermediate to advanced’ graded full day tour of the Ouirgane Valley in the High Atlas Mountains. Two-wheels are a great way to get up close to Berber Villages and the tour focuses on “off-road” trails around Asni. Leg-wobbling maybe, but certainly spectacular!

Keep up with their blog here: http://blog.argansports.com/

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