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The Museum of the Art of Living

art of living museum, in Marrakesh

The museum of the Art of Living is a must-visit in the Medina. Located close to Bab Taghazout, this picturesque museum was once the home of the 19th century Marrakchi poet, Ben Omar.

Lovingly restored in 2006 by Abderrazzak Benchaabane – who spent four-years renovating the property – the museum reopened its doors in 2010.

Today, tourists pour into the museum, which is spacious and cool and is spread over a generous 500m2, across six rooms. This is a great place to learn about Moroccan culture in the comfort of air-con. Inside there are displays of textiles, rugs, paintings all giving a broad overview of the traditional Berber lifestyle. One room is a dedicated reading room – which provides ample respite from the heat and crowds.

The other key place to relax is the Arab-Andalusian style garden and terrace on the rooftop, which offers outstanding views.

Eagle-eyed visitors may notice some similarities with the design of the Majorelle Gardens which was also restored by Abderrazzak Benchaabane, at the request of Yves Saint Laurent.  Overall, this is a chic, well-conceived place to spend an afternoon. Recommended.

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Gardens of Marrakesh

Gardens of Marrakesh

water feature, garden in Marrakech

Many of our guests that stay with us are keen to visit the famous gardens of Marrakech, like Yves Saint Laurent’s elegant Majorelle garden or the gardens and cactus displays at La Palmeraie.

For inspiration we have enjoyed leafing through the newly published book ‘Gardens of Marrakesh’ which explores twenty beautiful gardens by looking at their cultural heritage.

The Daily Mail newspaper said of the book ‘Open this volume of rich, exotic photographs of beautifully tender gardens … and you can almost taste the mint tea.’ We couldn’t agree more!

The book is in hardback and costs £20, more details here: http://www.franceslincoln.co.uk/en/C/0/Book/5063/Gardens_of_Marrakesh.html

To visit La Palmeraie museum: http://www.museepalmeraie.com/

To visit Majorelle garden: http://www.jardinmajorelle.com/

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