Top 10 Spots for a Splended Picture in Marrakech
Marrakech is one of the most loved cities for photo enthusiasts. Its amazing architecture, palette of enchanting colours and contrasted landscapes offer the perfect setting to take stunning pictures topost on social media and bring back home. Here are some of the best spots recommended by Four Seasons Resort Marrakech for you to go to challenge your creativity.
Madersa Ben Youssef
This ancient koranik school is one of the jewels of Marrakech architecture, characterised by the diversity of its decorations and its colours. The magnificent zellij of various colours and geometric shapes on the walls’ bottoms and on the pillars will allow you to take stylish pictures. Do not miss the traditional basin in the centre of the courtyard, offering you the possibility to catch reflects in the water.
Majorelle Garden is a must-see, created by the French painter Jacques Majorelle in the 1920s and magnificently restored by the late French designer Yves Saint Laurent. The vibrant primary colours omnipresent in the garden, including the “Majorelle blue,” are perfect to take some shots. This legendary garden is an oasis, decorated in an Art Deco style, and featuring numerous exotic plants, palm trees and pools filled with lotus flowers and fishes.
The sunset’s colours in Marrakech are astonishing. To find the perfect rooftop to admire and catch the sunset, head to the square Jemaa El Fna. All around the square, you will find restaurants and coffee shops with rooftop terraces. Overlooking the circus that is Jemaa el Fna when the sun goes down, the spectacle from the above is stunning and worth a shot. Moreover, in the heart of the medina, most riads have a rooftop to enjoy a 360 degree view over the Red City.
The Red City is heaven for architectural door lovers! The medina is full of sculpted doors, with varied size. Often, the tiny doors lead to charming riads.
Moreover, the "Bab" are the doors piercing the 19 kilometres of ramparts of the medina. They often have the religious form of the mihrab (a niche in the wall of a mosque). Bab Agnaou is one of the most spectacular doors of Marrakech, situated at the main entrance of the Kasbah. It was built of stone from Gueliz and is composed of different immense arches.
The best workers and craftsmen of the country worked continuously for six years (1894-1900) to build this large house for the vizier Ahmed ben Moussa. This masterpiece of Moroccan architecture possesses two riads and two courtyards joined together and give a great impression of the lifestyle of Moroccan noblemen. The large courtyard called "Court of Honor" is made of marble and zellij, and is surrounded by a gallery with carved wooden columns. You should plan to visit it at its opening, to enjoy a peaceful viewing and to avoid people on your pictures’ background. Your perfect shot should include an inspiring mix of wood, zellij, marble and should feature the impressive size of the main courtyard.
Before the sunset, go for a ride in the Palmeraie, counting more than 100,000 palm trees on approximately 15,000 hectares. The area around the palm grove also hosts many luxury hotels, majestic residences, golf courses and swimming pools. It’s an idyllic setting that many celebrities visit throughout the year.
The ultimate timing to take pictures is when the sun goes down, showcasing palm trees’ black shapes ahead of the colourful sky. You may even want to book a camel ride to add a Moroccan touch on your pictures.
In the heart of the Medina, get lost in the bustling souks full of colours, ambiance and beauty. The atmosphere showcasing inspiring authentic daily life moments and the ray lights passing through the handmade roofs are ideal to shot magical scenes. We would advise you to use precaution if you desire to take a craftsman working or just a Marrakchi’s portrait, by asking them beforehand.
Graffiti <ade in Marrakech
By experiencing a street art renaissance, Marrakech proves once again that it is the city of art and culture. Street art appears always pleasant on a picture.
As a matching project to the 6th Marrakech Biennale in 2016, a program called MB6 Street Art reunited 11 artists to create a series of murals dispersed through the medina. You can find them at the opposite entrance to Palais Bahia, at the rue de Tetouan and at 2 rue dar el bacha. Others are drawn in coffee shops, restaurants and riads, including Café des épices, Nomad, Riad Laarouse, Café Clock. In the Gueliz district, you can also discover some graffiti by strolling in the streets, the most popular being the gigantic one made by German artist Hendrik Beikirch.
Head out for a beautiful drive through the Agafay Desert, only 30 minutes away from Marrakech. Its arid landscapes made of stones and rocks offer an immense panorama accompanied by white dunes whose shape and colour evoke those of the Saharan dunes. If you wait for the sunset, a magical atmosphere will emerge, promising you an unforgettable evening and inimitable pictures.
Storks Nestled in El Badii Palace
This rammed-earth, 16th-century royal palace was considered one of the wonders of the Muslim world. Standing among its ruins, you can observe on the top of the walls many storks and their nests. In Marrakech, storks are designed as holy animals. In the past, the Amazighs assumed the storks to be transformed in humans. Until today, it is forbidden to disturb a stork and who does so is subject to few months in jail.