Marrakech is undoubtedly the garden city in Morocco. The huge palm trees and is itself a garden, if we add the numerous small private gardens that give it a green touch to the city, public gardens and refreshing as the Majorelle, Menara or the La Mamounia hotel belonging to the no shortage of places where we protect ourselves from the crowds and bustle of the souks.
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Mamounia, a palace statement:
To enter some orchards as Hotel La Mamounia there are some restrictions. No need to be a hotel guest, but it is required to be properly dressed. If you want to enjoy a refreshing afternoon you can take advantage of the brackets to drink a tea in the terrace cafe by the pool and then dive deeper into the dense green, formerly belonging to the sultan’s palace.
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Located between the Medina and the new city of Marrakech, La Mamounia has all the luxury and magic of Arabian palaces. It is one of the quietest places in Marrakech, not in vain was one of the most preferred of such famous names as: Hitchcock De Gaulle, Roosevelt, Churchill, or Edith Piaf.
The palace is surrounded by 7 hectares of gardens and he breathes the atmosphere of the meeting point of wisdom and great personalities. In addition to its foliage, one of its advantages over other gardens is that being private is quieter. Among its aromas, you can enjoy the fresh green grass, the blossom of the orange, or the exotic palms.
These gardens of which there are references from the twelfth century, and were named in the legends of the ‘Thousand and One Nights’. Although the palace was named after the gardens were built later, in 1923 and has adapted to her time after repeated renovations, but always retaining the charm of Moroccan architecture. Currently closed for rehabilitation, but is expected to be re-opened this year.
The French painter Jacques Majorelle in Marrakech installed in 1917 and used to paint many of his paintings in this garden. The property was purchased by Yves Saint-Laurent and Pierre Bergé, who restored the gardens and turned it into a paradise regained. Beech, cactus, shrubs papyrus, bamboo forests … An incredible wealth of plants lying in the garden, forming a lovely green route contrasts with the blue of some buildings.
A great avenue connects the park to La Mamounia and luxurious palace. It is a timeless, perfect for taking a break and rest from the crowds, bustle and the souks. It has a nice green-tiled pavilion reflected in a pond and far away, closing the horizon looms the Atlas mountain range.
This immense olive grove in the second century used to store water for irrigation during the Almohad period on, every dynasty has left its mark on the park.
It was created in the nineteenth century. His name “agdal” ‘means garden and comes from the Berber. The place had formerly with a large reservoir built for irrigation and also in the Almohad period. It is a peaceful garden open to the public, but closed when the king received guests and held meetings in the halls of the surroundings.
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The locals frequent it a lot especially in summer, as it retains something of the freshness to the oppressive heat of the summer months and it is common to see groups making a picnic in the park.