what counts is the magic.
When the “New York Times” and “Le Monde” agree on something, there must be some truth to it. Both leading newspapers count Marrakech among the world’s top 20 destinations for 2017. It is no surprise, really, as the beautiful red city is an impressive combination of imperial history with palaces dating back to the 16th century and a modern urban lifestyle that embraces contemporary art, concept stores, wellness resorts and fresh Moroccan cuisine in stylish restaur-ants. In this oasis between the ocean and the Atlas Mountains, old and new, art and nature live happily side by side. What counts is the magic.
The new Jardin Secret, built by the Italian visionary Lauro Milan on the remains of one of Marrakech’s largest riads from the 19th century, and the Jardin Rouge, a sculpture park a 20 minutes’ drive from the city with artists’ residences and a museum for contemporary art by Jean-Louis Haguenauer’s Montresso Foundation – both bear testimony to the successful coexistence of past and present. Similarly, the brand-new Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden – also known as MACAAL – conceived by the collector Mohamed Alami Lazraq, will get along splendidly with the eagerly awaited Yves Saint Laurent museum in the Jardin Majorelle that is due to open this autumn.
If you fancy combining art with magic and mysticism, make the trip to Austrian all-rounder artist André Heller’s Anima Garden and discover an intensely magical world – exotic, fantastical, bizarre. A bit like Marrakech itself.
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