A trip to Morocco always involves the five senses and, during the stop in Marrakech, between spices and purchases at the souk, we end up forgetting that the city also offers much more. One can literally lose oneself among the historical cultural sites of the Medina and the new museum of Yves Saint Laurent. It takes only a day to discover a different place with different fascinating atmospheres. Start at Dar Darma Ryad in the heart of the Medina and get lost in its maze of narrow streets
The Photography Museum; its interesting collection of black and white photos taken in the country between 1870 and 1960 will let you discover customs, traditions and a forgotten past that can explain better to the tourist the peculiar characteristics of this land. You can sip mint tea at the end of your tour and enjoy the view for the terrace. Not far from the museum the Medersa of Ben Youssef, the largest Koranic school in all of North Africa and a true masterpiece of Hispano-Moorish architecture, with its striking mosaic of tiles in five colors (called zellij) and windows in cedar woo, Carrara marble and stucco arches.
Then visit to the Gardens. The “Jardin Secret” is a kaleidoscope of blue and green hues, where you can get lost. This Moroccan house is among the oldest in the city and is surrounded by high walls. Inside there are the gardens of Tom Stuart Smith. The first is the Islamic Garden with plants of religious significance (from the olive to the date palm), the second is the Exotic Garden with succulents from distant worlds. And outside the city walls, the famous Majorelle Gardens, whose name derives from a French painter. Close by Villa Bou Saf, purchased by Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé and transformed on a museum dedicated to the French designer . In the same building the Museum of Perfume called L’art de vivre where you can see the process of creating fragrances from the distillation of floral waters to the extraction of essential oils.
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