Marrakech: Gueliz Walking Tour (Self Guided), 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 or 3.7 Miles
Author: ann
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Jnane El Harti
  • Royal Theater
  • Matisse Art Gallery
  • Noir sur Blanc Gallery
  • Photo 127 Gallery
  • Gallery Re
  • Majorelle Museum
  • Majorelle Garden
  • La Qoubba Galerie d'Art
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!

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
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.

Buy a combination ticket at the YSL museum about 100 yards down the road. You can skip the line!
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

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