The gardens of Marrakech have always surprised and delighted visitors. Marrakech was the promise of gardens and flowers that drew Matisse, Eugène Deacroix. Find the lush green scenery in Morocco with this tour. Majorelle Gardens and Palmeraie will show you how green nature survives in this desert country. Try the Souks for souvenirs and local lifestyle.
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At your hotel / Upon your request
Legend has it that after eating dates brought back from the Sahara, the soldiers of the 11th century Almoravids Sultan Youssef benTashafine spat out the stones around their encampment. The stones are supposed to have germinated and led to the creation of La Palmeraie ( Palm Gloves) in Marrakech, visitors can also experience trills of Berber adventure during an hour camel riding in the wide open skies and attractive palm groves.
The wonderful Garden is like a small paradise in the heart of Ville Nouvelle(the new town), it was created by Jacques Majorelle in 1923. The garden was later bought by Yves Saint Laurent, the famous French couturier. Beside Yucca, bouganvillea, bamboo, laureal, geranium, hibiscus and cypresses, the garden has over 400 variaties of palm tree and 1800 species of cactus. Water lilies grow in a pool bordered by papyrus. The studio has been converted into a small museum that countains a selection of Moroccan crafts such as antique rugs and Berber old doors.
A haven of coolness and shade, the imperial garden covers almost 90ha and is filled mostly with olive and fruit trees. In the 12th century, an enormous pool was dug ijn the center of the garden. In the 19 century, Moulay Abdurahman built the pavillion with green total pyramidal roof.
approx. 1 hour
The souks of Marrakech are among the most fascinating ones in the Maghreb (North Africa). Arranged according to the individual nature of the goods on offer, they are laid out in the narrow streets north and east of the Square Jamaa Elfna. Today a very wide range of goods, from fabric to Jewelry , rugs, leather-work and slippers is on offer. Because of the rank odors, the tanners are banished to the edge of the city. Around the commercial hubs are crafts such as black-smiting, saddle making, wool and silk dying, wood carving and basketting.
It is a constant miracle that the dyers can produce such vibrant colours from their cramped and blackened workshops .You take pictures and you listen to explaination of the dying technique with natural colours and if you are interested you can purchase scarves.The dyers souk has become all the more important as an example of a tradtional craft since the one in Fez is now defunct. (approx. 45min-1h)
A covered alley dominated by stalls seiling thuya wood carvings. Thuya is a very dense hardwood, it is polished inlaid decorative motifs in citron wood, mother-of-pearl or ebony and sometimes with threads of silver or copper, or slivers of camel bone. It is used to make such items as coffee tables, caskets, small statues, boxes in all shapes and sizes, trays and jewellery. (approx. 45min-1hour)
The stitching of slippers. We visit the workshop where the craftsmen are making shoes of different styles and sizes. If you feel tempted, there you can find the real ones (In the souks there are plenty of shops selling fake ones). (approx. 45mins-1hour)
Souks are full of shops of junky and cheap jewlry. If you like to see the real and authentic ones ask your guide who knows: where you can find that. After we go out from the souks to enjoy the square Jamaa El-Fna.
At your hotel / Upon your request
- Guide fee
- Camel ride (Approx. $50 per person)
- Transportation fee (The cost will depend on the number of the guests and durations. Ex: Approx. $100 for up to 6 persons for half day.)
- Admissions to the Majorel Gardens and Berber museum (Approx.$11 per person)
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