Palmeraie of Marrakech | A magical and astonishing palm oasis
Only a few kilometers north of the Medina, the Palmeraie de Marrakech is a must see during a stay in the city. Between nature and modernity, it attracts many tourists for various reasons. Indeed, visiting the Palmeraie of Marrakech is above all an opportunity to meet the Moroccan flora and fauna, and getting lost in the middle of nearly 100,000 palm trees. It is also a popular place for golf lovers and those looking for a relaxing stay, in one of the hotel residences with a swimming pool, spa and trendy bars.
The Palmeraie of Marrakech, far from the tumult of the Medina, remains a privileged place which, whatever the reason for your visit, will not leave you indifferent.
The history of the Palm grove of Marrakech
A true Moroccan natural heritage, the Palmeraie of Marrakech has marked the history of Morocco with its economic and tourist influence. It was during the 11th century, under the Almoravid dynasty, that the sovereign Sultan of Morocco Youssef Ben Tachfine founded this vast oasis at the foot of the Atlas Mountains in order to exploit the local water tables to protect themselves from the heat. The Palmeraie of Marrakech then uses a network of ancestral underground khettara pipes, to irrigate the hectares of palm trees and crops found there.
It is in its production of dates, palm oil, palm wine, palm hearts or even wood, that the palm grove derives its economic influence. But over time, men have managed to appropriate this place and develop an annex economy linked to tourism, combining natural heritage and modern town planning. Numerous hotel complexes then emerged, making the Palmeraie of Marrakech a luxury destination popular among tourists.
What to see and do at the Palmeraie of Marrakech?
On approximately 15,000 hectares, you will not be bored if you visit the Palmeraie of Marrakech. The most popular and charming activity of this legendary place is undoubtedly the camel ride.
The Palmeraie of Marrakech is also the ideal playground for Golf lovers. In the heart of the Palm Golf Resort, is one of the most beautiful golf courses in Marrakech. Covering more than 120 hectares, including 11 lakes, this 27-hole course has hosted some of the biggest professional tournaments.
Besides this huge golf course, the luxurious hotel residences also offer many activities for visitors. Most of the structures are equipped with swimming pools, hammam and spa. Many tourists prefer the calm of the Palmeraie of Marrakech during a stay in the city, in order to relax after a camel and quad ride away from the tumult of the Medina. Do not forget to taste the famous Moroccan tea in one of the surrounding restaurants.
And if you are wondering what to do with your evenings, you will find many trendy restaurants, bars and nightclubs within the Palmeraie of Marrakech. This highlights once again the contrast of the place, between nature and modernity.
How to visit the Palmeraie of Marrakech?
There are various ways to visit the Palmeraie of Marrakech. The most popular and probably the most typical way, is to book a horse-drawn carriage from the famous square of Jemaa el-Fna, in the medina. This old mean of transport is still current and allows you to discover or rediscover the charms of the Palmeraie of Marrakech. The journey is however quite long and it will therefore take several hours to take the time to explore this huge oasis and enjoy the various activities it hosts. If time is short, you can also get there by car or use a taxi service.
Once there, you can opt for a walking tour to discover the different species of palm trees, a camel ride at sunset or a quad bike ride. In all cases, you will have to follow the road that guides you through the Palmeraie. Indeed, the site is preserved and you will not get lost.
If you have decided to sleep in one of the many hotels in the Palmeraie of Marrakech, we advise you to find out about the tours and guided tours organized there. Most hotel complexes indeed offer stays with activities included.