The Secret Garden in Marrakesh

The Secret Garden in MarrakechOpposite the popular Café Arabe, in Marrakesh,  you will find yourself in paradise – a welcome rest especially after a day traipsing the dusty, narrow streets of the souks and being hustled by overzealous stallholders.

Le Jardin Secret was just that: a mysterious place that existed behind a 30ft-high wall deep in the medina of Marrakech.

This historic riad garden has been recreated and is now open to the public.

We would add it to our list of top ten things to see in Marrakech.

10 great reasons to visit The Secret Garden in Marrakech

  1. It is an historic site that features lovely gardens and a Palace.
  2. There is only one tower at The Secret Garden: its height exceeds certain minarets of the city! It offers stunning views over the rooftops of the medina and the Atlas Mountains. A great place to view Marrakech and its surroundings.
  3. There are several gardens including the new historic site “The Secret Garden”: the first garden is called “exotic” and collects plants from around the world and the second “Islamic”, symbolizes a representation of the Muslim paradise on earth.
  4. The Secret Garden features plants from the 5 continents
  5. The “Islamic” garden is divided into four beds separated by beautiful fountains
  6. There is a lovely terrace café where you can eat and stay for hours and hours
  7. There is a fabulous shop to buy interesting souvenirs of your visit.
  8. You will want to visit and revisit this natural setting within the Marrakech medina.
  9. Lovely place to take photographs
  10. It is not expensive

A bit of background from over the centuries:

16th century: Sultan Moulay Abdallah began the urbanization of the Mouassine district and erected a splendid palace on the ground of the current Secret Garden

19th century: After the destruction of the palace during the decline of the Saadian dynasty, the Qaid al-Hajj ‘Abd-Allah-U Bihi begins the reconstruction of the Palace following the plans and designs of the Saadian era. Lush gardens are planted near the new palace. Qaid is poisoned for political reasons by the Sultan Muhammad IV who hated him: the property returns to the hands of the qadi (judge) Moulay Mustapha.

1912: The judge exchanges his palace for the house of al-Hajj Muhammad Loukrissi, a resident in Fes head of the corporation of watchmakers of Marrakech. He lived there until 1934, the year of his death.

From 1934 to 2000: The land was no longer maintained and was gradually falling apart.

2008: The idea of restoring the garden and palace gains ground with a passionate team of history buffs interested in Marrakech.

2016: The Secret Garden is opened for the pleasure of travelers to Marrakech.

2017: There is already talk of night visits being organized … stay tuned.

The shop and café are open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission to the garden is 50 dirhams per person – 25 dirhams for Moroccan residents (ID required) – children enter for free.

Admission prices for a guided tour of the palace is 30 dirhams per person – children below 12 years of age 20 dirhams

The Secret Garden Marrakech

Mouassine street

Medina – Marrakech

Tel: +212 (0) 5 24 39 00 40


New must-place to see in Marrakech

Anima Garden in Marrakech

This garden will no doubt be on the list of things to see in Marrakech – it is beautiful and original with works of art dotted about the site.

Anima Garden in Marrakech

It is envisaged as a place of relaxation and retreat where you can heal your soul and escape from the everyday worries of modern living.

To ensure that visitors enjoy what it has to offer to the fullest, visitors are restricted to 500 people per hour. You are encouraged to reserve a ticket online at

Created by the global artist Andre Heller, a well-known and influential multi-media artist, the park has numerous unusual pieces of art spread over 3 hectares.

Andre Heller Anima Garden Marrakech

It is 27 km from Marrakech in the Ourika Valley with a fabulous view towards the often snow-bedecked Atlas Mountains.

A shuttle service is offered. Opening hours are May 1st to Sept 30 from

9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and in winter October 1st to April 30th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If you wish to reserve by phone the number is +43 1 523 0787 (in German, English and French) and within Morocco (in French) +212 (0) 5 24 00 00 00

Modern dance in Marrakech

Modern dance in Marrakech


From March 1st to 11th, 2016, the International Festival of Contemporary Dance, also known as “On Marche”, will be held in Marrakech at various venues.

Now in its 11th year, the festival brings together dancers from various countries. There are performances by students at the Ecole supérieure des arts visuels de Marrakech (ESAV). There will also be performances held in the main square  – Place jemaa’ el Fna  – bringing art to everyone.

The festival is held in different venues. For a complete program please click here: 

or go to this Facebook page:



Danse contemporain Marrakech


Organized by: L’Association On Marche

Association On Marche – Marrakech

+ 212 (0) 6 24 28 19 58/ (0)6 50 09 44 41

Mouassine Museum – new museum in Marrakech

Musee de Mouassine Marrakech

Marrakech has another new, interesting museum – the Mouassine Museum – set in a magnificent 17th-18th century building. Until April 2016 the museum has as its inaugural exhibition “The Festival season” –marriages, the harvest, the fantasias. Featuring exceptional items from the collection of Rabii Alouani Bibi and using music, documents, photographs, you get a sense of the context in which these treasures were created.

Derb El Hammam, Rue Mouassine, Marrakesh, Morocco

From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily except Fridays

Close to Mouassine Fountain

Tel 05 24 37 77 92 


Modern art in Marrakech new exhibition

modern art in Marrakech

CARLOS MARE x VINCENT ABADIE HAFEZ – “Crossing Paths – The Intersection of Memories” – December,18 2015 to January,17 2016

David Bloch Gallery in Marrakech

Carlos Mare and Vincent Abadie Hafez present a joint exhibition from Friday, December 18 at the David Bloch Gallery Marrakech.  Check the website for a glimpse of their fabulous choices for exhibitions of modern art in Marrakech.

Metal sculptures inspired by graffiti and modern art …. beautiful creations you can easily admire

Modern art in Marrakech David Bloch galleryDavid Bloch Modern Art Gallery in Marrakech

Marrakech Film Festival 2015

Jeremy Irons Marrakech Film Festival


Marrakech Film Festival will take place this year 2015 from December 4th to 12th.

A good time to be in the exotic city of Marrakech. Come and stay with us while you enjoy the 15th Marrakech Film Festival – we have a 20% discount for an affordable stay.

Francis Ford Coppola will be the Jury President.
Francis Ford Coppola Marrakech Film Festival 2015
Marrakech International Film Festival continues to explore the contours of world cinematography by paying tribute to Canadian cinema —  Atom Egoyan, David Cronenberg, James Cameron, Paul Haggis, Guy Maddin, Sarah Polley and more.


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


+212 524 45 96 00


Link to Selman Facebook

Matisse Art Gallery

+212 5244-48326

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

+212 5244-48326

Atelier d’ailleurs – Marrakech crafts

ateliers d'ailleurs, workshops in Marrakech

Private workshops for Moroccan crafts –

Atelier d’ailleurs in Marrakech

Atelier d’ailleurs in Marrakech is an organization that offers many courses on Moroccan handcrafts. You can learn or practice your skills in embroidery, pottery, metal working, tadelakt, woodturning, Moroccan cooking…. You name it, they probably have a course on it. Small, private groups ensure you have lots of hands-on guidance and practice.

For a truly authentic experience of Marrakech combine these private workshops with a stay in our riad in the heart of Marrakech medina.

You can book direct from our website and we can help organize your workshops.

In the Ensemble Artisanat near the main square.

tel 212 (0)6 72 81 20 46

Lori Park, Sculptor living in Marrakech

Marrakech is city vibrant with creativity and artistry. Many artists have made their way here and have contributed much to the creative spirit of Marrakech.

Lori Park sculptor artist in Marrakech Lori Park bronze sculpture artist in Marrakech Lori Park Silk Weaver sculpture artist in Marrakech

One such is US artist Lori Park whose work is now showing at a Sotheby’s sculpture exhibition “Beyond Limits” set in

Chatsworth House. Her spectacular sculpture Silk Weaver is a huge bronze work showing a larger than life female form with wire torso that is beautiful and elegant even in that spare medium. You can sense the femininity from the angled posture of the bronze mesh torso. The allure of the female form is enhanced with a gorgeous blue ball gown that cascades to the ground. The brilliant blue is a gorgeous flash of colour in the green surroundings of the park. In spite of its huge size and the weight of the material, the sculpture gives a feeling of lightness and romance.

Link to Sotheby’s Beyond Limits exhibition

To view the video click here


Photography Marrakech Morocco

Photo montage – Southern Morocco


Travel writing and photographic projects both flourish in artistic Morocco but what is really interesting is how new social media forms – combined with cheaper high-quality camera lenses – are helping to facilitate a whole new generation of creative reporters.

This week, we stumbled upon a wonderful photo montage, or presentation, of one man’s car journey through Morocco.

Dave Fields, from Portland, Oregon, starts in Marrakech and while his words are minimal – in classic photo journalism style – his amazingly good photographs speak volumes.

Dave says of his adventure:

“Although our stint in Marrakech was short-lived, it does not take long to be absorbed into the fervid pace of the old Medina. Winding through the intricacies of the frenzied souks, losing all sense of direction seems nearly effortless as you follow the barrage of unfamiliar sights, sounds and smells. Marrakech is a true bombardment of the senses.”

He then travels to the High Atlas and winds westwards, then down to the southern coast and Essaouira.

Take a look at his story here and enjoy the wonderfully evocative photos: