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Things to do in Doukkala-Abda

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Garden
“The subtropical Majorelle Garden is located in the heart of Gueliz, Hivernage. It is one of the most delightful and stunning spots within this red walled city. Although the Majorelle Garden has existed in Morocco for decades, it was only made famous abroad when the Majorelle Garden’s former owner and care-taker, fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent, featured it in the 1997 Chelsea Flower Show in London. Since this time, many have journeyed to Morocco just to see the Majorelle Garden. The Majorelle and its buildings are embellished by a unique shade of cobalt blue - the featured color in the garden. The garden is 12 acres in size and radiates with multi-colored bougainvillea, rows of bright orange nasturtiums, pink geraniums, bold pergolas and concrete paths that exist in shades of pastel pink, lovely lemon and apple green. With the garden there are the over fifteen different species of birds, such as turtle doves, bulbuls and house buntings. With its beautiful groves of bamboo, date palms and various lily covered pools, it is little wonder why these marvelous creatures choose Majorelle Garden as their home.”
  • 137 locals recommend
Historic Site
“this one is a very historic place in the ancient city of Marrakech filed with very nice decoration and beautiful colors all over the Palace especially the blue square inside the palace ”
  • 69 locals recommend
Plaza
“This square in the medina is a 'must see'. Its a UNESCO World Heritage Site, that comes alive at sunset when the street vendors and performers come alive”
  • 69 locals recommend
History Museum
“"You who enter my door, may your highest hopes be exceeded” reads the inscription over the entryway to the Ali ben Youssef Medersa, and after almost six centuries, the blessing still works its charms on visitors. It was founded during the period of the Merenids (14th century) by the sultan Abu al-Hassan and allied to the neighboring Ben Youssef Mosque, this Quranic learning center was once the largest in North Africa, and remains among the most splendid. The building of the madrasa was re-constructed by the Saadian Sultan Abdallah al-Ghalib (1557–1574). In 1565 the works ordered by Abdallah al-Ghalib were finished, as confirmed by the inscription in the prayer room. Sight lines are lifted in the entry with carved Atlas cedar cupolas and mashrabiyya (wooden-lattice screen) balconies. The medersa’s courtyard is a mind-boggling profusion of HispanoMoresque ornament: five-colour zellije (mosaic) walls, stucco archways, cedar windows with weather-worn carved vines, and a curved mihrab (eastern-facing niche) of prized, milky-white Italian Carrara marble. The carvings contain no representation of humans or animals, as required by Islam, and consist entirely of inscriptions and geometric patterns. It hosted 130 student dormitory cells cluster around the richly decorated courtyard, for a total of about 900 students. One of its best known teachers was Mohammed al-Ifrani (1670-1745). Closed down in 1960, the building was refurbished and reopened to the public as a historical site in 1982.”
  • 61 locals recommend
Courthouse
“El Badi Palace, which means “The incomparable palace” was once the magnificent royal palace of the sultan Ahmad al-Mansur of the Saadi Dynasty. Having taken twenty five years to build, El Badi Palace was a lavish, grand sixteenth century complex of buildings with over 350 rooms, courtyards, gardens and a huge pool. Its construction was funded by a substantial ransom paid by the Portuguese after the Battle of the Three Kings. Around 1700 it was stripped of its ornamentation to furnish the palace of Alaouite Sultan Moulay Ismail in the new capital of Meknes. Unfortunately now is in ruins and inhabited by storks and stray cats, but the view from the terrace is still breathless. Visitors who get in through its gatehouse can view the remnant of much of this site. Some of the highlights include its sunken gardens, its subterranean passages and the Koubba el Khamsiniyya or “main hall”, which has fifty columns.”
  • 39 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“One of the very few places in Marrakech where you can buy liquors, wines, and beers. Located on the ground floor of the shopping center. Bring your passport, just in case.”
  • 35 locals recommend
Place of worship
“Built at the end of XVI century, under the kingdom of the sultan Ahmed al-Mansur Saadi, and discovered only at the beginning of the 20th century, the mausoleum hosts the bodies of the Saadians in an ambience full of beautiful decorations made of cedar wood, marble and Zellije (Moroccan tiles). You can recognize the different tombs of Jews and Christians because of the presence of different markings and symbols. The good state of preservation of the Saadian Tombs may be attributable to the fact that they were sealed off by the sultan Moulay Ismail. At the time, Ismail was destroying architectural gems such as the Badi Palace, but some speculate that, when it came to the Saadian Tombs, his superstition got the better of him and he decided to hide rather than demolish them.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Museum
“Marrakech Museum in the Dar Menebhi Palace, built at the end of the 19th century by Mehdi Menebhi. The palace was restored by the Omar Benjelloun Foundation and then converted into a museum in 1997.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Museum
“super new addition to marrakech cultural sites, the museum houses a magnificent collection of Yves saint Laurents clothers, designs, jewellery etc as well as a lovely restaurant and shop”
  • 29 locals recommend
Moroccan Restaurant
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“Le Comptoir is a classic, lively atmosphere, delicious food. enjoy dinner and oriental dancers on week ends mostly - ask when when your reserve.”
  • 40 locals recommend
Moroccan Restaurant
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“great rooftop terrace in Marrakech medina, perfect for lunch or afternoon break”
  • 34 locals recommend
Moroccan Restaurant
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“The staple of the Médina. A bit touristic, but so convenient and a great view. Only a few meters from the Riad.”
  • 36 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“This riad in the thick of the medina houses a wonderful archive of Moroccan Photography through the ages. The rooftop cafe is also a lovely spot for coffee or lunch.”
  • 30 locals recommend
Pool
“A fun day at Oasiria if you want to jump in the multiple water attractions and get lazy in the extensive and lush gardens. Slides, waves pool, water tunnel, restaurants and more...”
  • 26 locals recommend
Lounge
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“For those looking for a pleasant evening in Gueliz, this splendid restaurant offers cocktails, a selection of wines and nice food, all accompanied by live music, belly dancing, percussion. If you want to dance, this is the right place.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Fast Food Restaurant
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“WELCOME TO OUR APPARTMENTS IN CENTER OF GUELIZ NEAR TO ALL WHAT YOU WANT TO SEE AND WHERE YOU WANT TO GO”
  • 15 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Moroccan Restaurant
“Le Comptoir is a classic, lively atmosphere, delicious food. enjoy dinner and oriental dancers on week ends mostly - ask when when your reserve.”
  • 40 locals recommend
Moroccan Restaurant
“great rooftop terrace in Marrakech medina, perfect for lunch or afternoon break”
  • 34 locals recommend
Lounge
“For those looking for a pleasant evening in Gueliz, this splendid restaurant offers cocktails, a selection of wines and nice food, all accompanied by live music, belly dancing, percussion. If you want to dance, this is the right place.”
  • 32 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“A colonial coffee- bar- restaurant in Gueliz, the new city. Elegant atmosphere, with excellent cocktails and a good selection of wines, great food. Very elegant interior rooms.”
  • 34 locals recommend
Moroccan Restaurant
“Located in Gueliz Type: Authentic Moroccan Cuisine Ambiance: luxury, authentic, Chic & traditionnal furnitures”
  • 34 locals recommend
Moroccan Restaurant
“I prefer it for lunch to better enjoy the gardens which are not as visible at night. Their pastilla is very good as well as their vegetarian dishes. Also a concept store on site with loads of cool stuff.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Upscale restaurant. A bit pricy, but definitely one of the best tables in the Médina.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Moroccan Restaurant
“Never been to the Nomad, but I always heard good things about it. Just a few meters from the Riad.”
  • 22 locals recommend

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