Marrakech: Gueliz Walking Tour, Marrakech

Gueliz, otherwise known as the New City (Nouvelle Ville), is more like the downtown of Marrakech. Here you will definitely feel the western influence: McDonald's, KFC, brand stores, and even a supermarket. However Gueliz is also famous for its galleries and parks. Find what are the things that make Gueliz unique by taking the tour below.
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Marrakech: Gueliz Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Marrakech: Gueliz Walking Tour
Guide Location: Morocco » Marrakech (See other walking tours in Marrakech)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.9 km
Author: ann
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Jnane El Harti

1) Jnane El Harti

Jnane El Harti is a public park with a special playground for kids. This green area is famous for its big dinosaurs, climbing frame, and swings. There are also several fountains and, of course, a lot of space to wander around while eating ice cream. The park is located in Gueliz just across the street from McDonald's.
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Royal Theater

2) Royal Theater

Opened in 2001, the Royal Theater is a very popular cultural venue in Marrakech. Located in Gueliz, it is also known as an important architectural site in the area. The place features a 1200-seat open-air amphitheater and an 800-seat concert hall/opera house.
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Matisse Art Gallery

3) Matisse Art Gallery

Founded by Nabil El Mellouki and Youssef Falaki, Matisse Art Gallery displays the works of talented and well-known Moroccan artists, such as Chater Nourredine, Mohamed Melehi, and Hassan El Glaoui. The gallery was founded in 1999. The building which houses the gallery can be easily recognized by its striking marble front.
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Noir sur Blanc Gallery

4) Noir sur Blanc Gallery

Noir sur Blanc Gallery is located in the New City of Marrakech, Gueliz. It is a contemporary art gallery featuring talented artists from all over Morocco. You can see here the calligraphic paintings of Marrakshis Larbi Cherkaoui, as well as the works of Binebine, Bourkia, Yamou, Nadim, and Laffont. This art space features three separate showrooms where all sort of workshops, exhibitions, and meetings take place.
Opening hours: Monday: 15-19:00; Tuesday to Saturday: 10-13 & 15-19:00; Sunday by appointment.
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Photo 127 Gallery

5) Photo 127 Gallery

The Photo 127 Gallery is Morocco's only gallery which focuses on photographic art. The gallery is located on the second floor of the building at 127 Ave Mohammed V, Gueliz. The interior design of the place is rather simple and industrial. The works exhibited here feature various photographic styles.
Opening Hours: Tue - Sat: 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Gallery Re

6) Gallery Re

Gallery Re is located on the corner of Mosque and Ibn Toummert streets. The gallery is housed in the two-story building, the Al Andalous III Residence. Here you'll find works executed by emerging Moroccan artists, such as M'barek Bouhchichi and Marrakshi Touria Othman.
Open Hours: Tue-Sat: 9:30am-1pm, 3-8pm; Sun: 3-8pm.
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Majorelle Museum

7) Majorelle Museum (must see)

If you want to visit the Museum of Islamic Art, you will find it in the lovely Majorelle Museum, which is one of the most visited places in Marrakech, especially for its gardens.

Jacques Majorelle was a French artist, born in Nancy in 1886. He later attended the Nancy School of Art before moving to Paris. Although the Art Nouveau movement had more or less passed, he continued with the style, which he learned at school in Nancy.

In 1910 he paid his first visit to Africa and fell in love the country. He moved to Marrakech in 1917 and started painting his wonderful canvases full of color depicting the African way of life. In 1930 he was one of the first artists to use Africans as nude models. He painted his house in bleu Majorelle, a rich deep cobalt, and edged the windows and roof in yellow.

His house was bought after his death by Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé and they installed their personal collections of Maghreb, Oriental, African and Asian carpets, ceramics, pottery, textiles, weapons and woodwork, creating the museum.

There is a stunning collection of Berber and Tuareg jewelry and wedding costumes and some rooms are dedicated to Jacques Majorelle’s fine works.

Why You Should Visit:
Interesting and informative representation of the indigenous culture of Morocco!

Tip:
Rather high price for Morocco, so book for a cheaper full three-visits ticket (Majorelle Garden plus 2 museums – Berbère & YSL). This way, you won't have to suffer the long line to get into the Garden.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 8am-5:30pm
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Majorelle Garden

8) Majorelle Garden (must see)

When you visit the Museum of Islamic Art, you will first go through Majorelle Gardens and it is a good place to linger for a while.

Jacques Majorelle was a French artist, specializing in Art Nouveau paintings. He lived in Morocco for many years in his lovely house in Marrakech, where he laid out the gardens and opened them to the public in 1947.

The beautiful botanical gardens cover 12 acres with the house, which is painted in bold Cobalt called Bleu Majorelle. Most of the stonework in the gardens is in the same color, with jardinières painted in bright yellow, orange and green.

The gardens are home to over 15 different species of native birds, and goldfish, turtles and frogs abound in the ponds. You can follow the shady paths and admire the fountains, or relax on one of the many benches. There is a wonderful bamboo plantation, olive and banana trees, palms and bougainvilleas that add a slash of bright red and pink.

The gardens are an oasis of calm, but likely to be full of visitors, especially during the afternoon. There is a very good café serving mint tea and coffee and a shop where you can buy souvenirs and prints of Majorelle’s work.

After the artist’s death, the gardens became rather overgrown and abandoned-looking. The land was bought in 1980 by Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé, who restored the gardens to their former splendor. Yves Saint Laurent’s ashes were scattered here and there is a small memorial to him. The gardens are now managed by the YSL Foundation.

Why You Should Visit:
Blue is the main color here and it goes beautifully with the different plants and garden settings. Even with some crowds, you can still manage to take a few good pictures.
The YSL memorial, the Berber Museum, the water features, the bookstore, and the café are all fabulous.

Tip:
Buy a combination ticket at the YSL museum about 100 yards down the road. You can skip the line!
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La Qoubba Galerie d'Art

9) La Qoubba Galerie d'Art

Whether you are an art lover or just looking forward to discovering Moroccan art, La Qoubba Galerie d'Art is the right place for you to visit. Here you will find paintings from all over the country, all reflecting modern and postmodern styles. The gallery is located not far from the Marrakech Museum.
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun: 9am-1pm, 2:30-6:30pm

Walking Tours in Marrakech, Morocco

Create Your Own Walk in Marrakech

Create Your Own Walk in Marrakech

Creating your own self-guided walk in Marrakech is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Also known as "The Red City", Marrakech is an out-of-the-ordinary getaway which combines the old historic atmosphere of Medina with a lively modern tourist sights of Gueliz. Take this orientation walk and discover the most popular attractions Marrakech has to offer, as listed below.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.6 km
Religious Walking Tour in Marrakech

Religious Walking Tour in Marrakech

Morocco's official religion is Islam. Therefore the most numerous religious structures in Marrakech are the mosques. This tour will introduce you to the most famous of them, as well as to some historic cemeteries, koubbas, and mausoleums. Prepare yourself to learn about the history of Islam and enjoy the architecture of Marrakech's religious attractions by taking the tour below.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 km
Moroccan Architecture Tour in Marrakech

Moroccan Architecture Tour in Marrakech

No tall skyscrapers, no sophisticated giant malls, no nothing to remind of the Western architecture. This tour is all about genuine Moroccan style. Featuring the most prominent architectural sights, this tour takes you to places that will amaze you with their mystic atmosphere, traditional motifs, and majestic structures. Every single building here has its own legend. So find time to discover the best of the Marrakech's architecture by taking the self-guided tour below.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.3 km
Marrakech's Palaces Tour

Marrakech's Palaces Tour

A nice activity while in Marrakech is visiting the few palaces this city possesses. Some of them, refurbished and restored, successfully function today as museums. Others, on the other hand, are slowly turning into ruins, but still have a long story to tell and spectacular architecture to amaze with. Take the Marrakech's Palaces Tour and enjoy the mystic atmosphere of these grandiose buildings.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.2 km
Unusual Marrakech

Unusual Marrakech

Most of the tour guides would introduce you to the most popular attractions, taking you on a tour to the imposing palaces, important religious sites, museums and, of course, some shopping places. However if you are looking forward to seeing a more uncommon Marrakech, this tour is just the thing you are looking for. Take this tour and discover the local traditions of a unique and unusual Marrakech.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 km
Shopping Adventure in Marrakech

Shopping Adventure in Marrakech

Probably no shopping in your life will compare to this extraordinary experience: vivid, bright, juicy colors of carpets, clothes and shoes; enchanting smells of local perfumes and spices; crafts, handmade jewelry, pottery; and of course, the long shopping mazes and souks. All this is included in the tour below, so don't hesitate! This tour belongs on your "must do" list!

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Marrakech for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Marrakech has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Marrakech, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.