Marrakesh is a city with an unrivaled creative effervescence. From the hustle and bustle of Jemaa El Fna Square and its bustling souks, to its continually busy winding alleys, Marrakech is a tumultuous city of contrast. It dazzles you with colors, where the ocher of its medina is sublimated by the endless colors of the objects sold and exhibited in its streets. It delights you with smells, where the spices and aromas of vendors and restaurants take you in their wake. And finally amazes you with his creativity. Woodworking, tanning, leather goods, music or even cooking, the sources of inspiration are endless. At the heart of this broth of life, hidden behind large imposing doors, the palaces of Marrakech offer you a haven of peace where this same creativity transports you into a cocoon of softness and sophistication.
The Bahia Palace is a real estate heritage from an emblematic era of the city. Towards the end of the 19th century, the imperial city was a cultural crossroads which radiated from North Africa to the south of Spain. This palace thus presents an Andalusian-Moroccan architecture built on no less than 8000 square meters with a simple objective: to build the most beautiful palace in the city. The grand vizier Si Moussa ordered its construction at the end of the 19th century and gave it its name “Bahia”, which literally means “the beautiful, the brilliant”. This palace is an aesthetic gem with its vibrant colors and breathtaking mosaics. Among other things, it is home to lush gardens, a mosque, water basins, a riad and many delicately decorated rooms. A mandatory detour to soak up the luxurious atmosphere of Moroccan palaces.
Even older, El-Badi Palace still impresses today even in a state of ruin. It was built at the end of the 16th century by the Saadian sultan Ahmed al-Mansur ad Dhahbî to celebrate the improbable victory during the battle of the three kings. This battle had indeed an improbable end, because the three chiefs of the armies died there. The gargantuan spoils of this battle helped build this wonder. Italian marble, Sudanese gold dust, Indian porphyry, Chinese jade and other unique materials from France and Spain were used to demonstrate the sovereign’s newly restored power. Today you can visit the remains that give an idea of its past greatness. Or go there for the annual festival of Moroccan folklore or the famous Marrakech of laughter.
Dar M’Nebhi Palace
Not to be confused with the M’Nebhi palace in Fez. Better known as the Marrakech Museum, it is the first real estate vestige on the list to belong to Moorish architecture. It is historically a house built at the end of the nineteenth century. A decor that makes you want to live in Marrakech and renew the art of living of yesteryear. Rehabilitated as a museum since, it houses events and exhibitions of contemporary art to give pride of place to the Moroccan and Berber culture of today. The hammam, which can still be visited, presents a sublime architecture with its pieces all covered with zellij and cupolas decorated with plaster sculptures. Make a journey between two eras between the heritage of this place and the works of our time.
Dar Si Said
Another old residence turned into a museum, the green, calm and splendid palace “Dar Si Said” is a marvel of decoration. Museum dedicated to crafts, you can go there to discover woodwork, jewelry, pottery, ceramics and carpets of regional artisans. Around the exhibits, the interior of this beauty setting will surprise you with its magnificent interior architecture. Meticulous mosaics, refined fountains, sporadic vegetation, decorated columns and natural light make it a place of unrivaled dreams. The palace was furnished by the Institute of Fine Arts and it shows. Located between the Jemaa el Fna square and the Bahia Palace, it is a place to stroll in peace to put, for a moment, the tumult of the medina in parentheses.
The art of Moroccan living
With a multicultural and ancient heritage, Morocco is a country boiling with creativity and culture. Present in everyday gestures, the art of hospitality, festivals and rituals that are experienced day by day. Stroll through the streets and palaces to discover and feel the richness of this art of living. Moroccan palaces are an artifact of hospitality and a sense of beauty and ceremonial. Discover the dishes, the famous mint teas and the sumptuous decorations full of colors. Oscillate between the calm of the interiors and the incessant movement of the exterior between which an indescribable something unique in Morocco is created. Also take advantage of events to discover local festivities, such as the annual folklore festival at El-Badi Palace. Colorful and typical, it is a unique opportunity to understand the wealth of the country, its customs and its people.
Living in Marrakech
The palaces are just a glimpse of the beauty of the city’s buildings. Many gardens, such as those of Ménara or Majorelle; the palm grove, the Ouzoud waterfalls, the medina and its souks; the artisans scattered throughout the city and so many other riches to discover there as this city is renewed. If the life of this city attracts and captivates you, make it your nest. Real estate in Marrakech offers many options to create your own palace. You will then be able to immerse yourself in the continuous torrents of its tumult, to discover its culture every day and to serve your own tea. Enjoy tempting living conditions and an atmosphere unmatched in the world. You will fall in love with the warmth of this city, which is felt in the human warmth of Moroccan hospitality as much as in its mild climate throughout the year.