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

Shopping for modern design in Marrakech

A Designer’s Guide to Marrakech – shopping for modern design in Marrakech

Maison Lab – new modern store in Marrakech

I feel I know this man – his taste and ours coincide perfectly. Modern design in Marrakech is easily found in this design-rich city.

Shopping for modern design in Marrakech MaisonLabNew York interior designer Martin Raffle recently opened his studio, MaisonLab, in the heart of the ancient medina. It is in Riad Laarouss, very close to Riad Sapphire and Spa. It brims with modern objects and furnishings – directly reflecting my belief that Marrakech is totally modern (and ancient).

I’m so enthusiastic about modern Marrakech design that not only our boutique riad hotel in Marrakech but also my own home is filled with finds from Marrakech – from leather rugs, to Bani Ourain rugs, kelims transformed into seating, handwoven fabrics for drapes, wool blankets, leather club chairs, berber cushion covers, metal cutwork lanterns, tassels, baskets for shopping and stylish storage, leather goods. You can also find local craftsmen to fashion what you envisage if you don’t find it in the market – like our leather-covered fan.

Maison Lab Shopping for modern design in Marrakech

Marrakech is also a great source for wonderful perfumes, artisan soaps, shower gel, and shampoos.

Marrakech is worth a visit just to view what Marrakchis produce.

http://www.maisonlab.com

Derb el Ferrane

Riad Laarouss

Marrakech

Marrakech Film Festival 2016

December 2 to 10, 2016 are the dates set for the 16th Marrakech Film Festival.

Your chance to see films not ordinarily shown in film theatres elsewhere.

The Eagle Huntress film showing at Marrakech Film Festival

The Eagle Huntress from UK, Mongolia, US

Combine pre-Xmas shopping with unique entertainment in Marrakech – we have two great special offers during this time to make your stay in Marrakech memorable and affordable. The package includes  a half-day shopping guide, a 3-course meal for the evening of arrival and arrival and departure transfers.

Wulu film at Marrakech Film Festival

Wulu from France, Senegal & Mali

The festival pays homage to the French actress Isabelle Adjani, Moroccan comedian Abderrahim Tounsi , Japanese director and actor, and Dutch cinema master Paul Verhoeven

http://www.festivalmarrakech.info/en/

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

www.lejardinsecretmarrakech.com

 

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/

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Marrakech – a place for inspiration

Five minutes of inspiration

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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

 

Marrakech Videos

Videos on Marrakesh

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In the mood for Marrakech but not visiting just yet? Satisfy your curiosity here, with these transporting videos! A quick watch of these and you’ll be booking your airline ticket in no time. Also, remember our opening introductory offer: 25% off for stays of 3 nights or more if bookings are made in April or May.

Best of Marrakech, Morocco – A Travel Video by GeoBeats – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJ4iSELqePE

A Tourist’s Guide to Marrakech, Morocco from www.theredquest.comhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jAkpM3wQ9w

National Geographic in Marrakech – http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/morocco_marrakesh

GoogleGlass goes to Marrakech – http://www.vistabee.com/en/blog/2014/04/18/travel-through-eyes-google-gass-marrakech/

Le Jardin Restaurant

 

Le Jardin, medina of MarrakeshIf like us, you love the rooftop at Café des Épices but sometimes find it too crowded, head over to its sister restaurant, Le Jardin. It’s just a short stroll away.

Set in the flowery courtyard of a restored riad, Le Jardin is a curious space where you’ll see projected art-house movies on the walls at night and a fashionable crowd eating and drinking in the shaded garden during the day. Trees, water and shade abound so this is just the space for when you want to put your feet up. There’s even a small library under the courtyard arches.

Try the milkshakes during the day (milk with avocado, milk with carrot, almond milk then in the evening switch to traditional Moroccan dishes like tajine d’agneau, mixed grill with taktouka or Beldi chicken with saffron, honey and semolina Seffa.

There’s often a party atmosphere at Le Jardin which as well as being a place of culture, it also doubles as a special events venue.  A special, must-visit place.

www.lejardin.ma

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Chic café in the medina of Marrakesh

Kremm Kafe 7 in Marrakesh cafe

 

Krem Kafé 7

The opening of new cafés is hard to keep up with.  My latest discovery is a chic café called Palais Khum in the street down from Dar el Bacha (where the sentries stand outside). The antique stores round about are also upgrading their image by making modern renovations to make their wares more enticing.

Decorated with style – Kremm Kafé7 is a nice spot to rest as you troll the medina.

 

2 Derb el Hammaria

Dar el Bacha, Marrakech Medina

www.palaiskhum.com

e-mail: info@palaiskhum.com

Tel. 05 24 39 03 89 / 06 66 12 03 42

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