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THE PALMERAY

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The Palmeraie is perceived today as a luxury area, with beautiful hotels, luxury residences and several golf courses. It was once the jewel of Marrakech, a veritable oasis of greenery in stark contrast to the ochre hues of the imperial city. Although little remains of the luxuriant vegetation that once stretched at the foot of the city, the visit retains a certain charm and offers beautiful views at sunset. 150,000 palm trees still populate the 13,000 ha of the palm grove, but very sparsely, between the crops of market garden produce, wheat, barley or corn and the enclosures with adobe walls. In the past, the palm grove was supplied with water by the system of khettaras, an ingenious technique of Persian origin. These open-air wells, connected by kilometres of pipes, brought the water from the water table to ground level, on a gentle slope patiently dug by thousands of well-diggers to the nearby mountains. The system was inaugurated by the Almoravid sultans, founders of Marrakesh and the palm grove. Although it functioned as well as it could in the 11th century, it is more than uncertain today, as most of the 350 khettaras that have survived are more than 80% dry. Irrigation has now become a major problem and this is visible. An association, the Observatory of the Palm Grove, was created in 2006 to safeguard (and develop) the palm grove of Marrakech. In addition to environmental awareness and education campaigns, one of its main objectives is to replant 430,000 date palms in the next 10 years.

The most pleasant way to visit the Palmeraie (and the most romantic) is to go there by horse-drawn carriage, at the end of the afternoon. Two hours will be enough to make the trip from Jemaâ el Fna to the Palmeraie Golf Palace Hotel for example, and walk in the always mystical atmosphere of the palm trees. If you have less time, the taxi drivers offer you a smaller circuit whose rate is displayed on the windscreen. It is also marked out in order to preserve the site. Spring is favourable to the observation of migratory birds, such as storks coming down from their perches, which come to feed or spend the night near the water reserves of certain golf courses. On site, you can also opt for a camel ride, for a breath of fresh air and meet your spirit of adventure between nature and the surrounding desert!

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vincent39l
4/5
Visited in october 2019
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Joli coin de maroc
Nous avons beaucoup aimé allé dans la palmeraie même si le lieu fait très touristique.
vero06
2/5
Visited in february 2019
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A éviter
Pauvre palmeraie ! Elle fait pitié car elle est en très mauvais état, il y a beaucoup mieux pour le quad et le dromadaire, a éviter
domire
4/5
Visited in february 2018
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Ia palmeraie est fort dépeuplée .les villas qui la bordent choquent lorsque l'on sort de la Médina .un circuit à faire quand même.
Akeimiss
3/5
Visited in january 2018
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C’est gratuit, c’est un circuit que vous pouvez faire à pied, en voiture ou à dos de chameaux ???? . C’est à voir car c’est quand même dépaysant. Mais la palmeraie est dans un très mauvais état. Si vous y allez, préfèrez la fin de journée pour profiter de belles couleurs pour les photos. Néanmoins c’est l’une des plus moche palmeraie du Maroc. A ne faire que si vous êtes seulement à Marrakech ou pas sur une route où vous pourrez en faire d’autres.
sonritan
4/5
Visited in december 2017
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Les palmiers laissent place aux villas, néanmoins le lieu est sympa on peut faire un tour en quad ou dromadaire.
Nok41
4/5
Visited in april 2016
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De plus en plus de villa et de moins en moins de palmiers. Endroit sympa pas trop loin du centre ville en calèche ou en taxi. Possibilité de faire un tour en dromadaire et aussi en quads...
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rommouss
3/5
Visited in february 2016
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Déçu de voir le béton prendre le dessus sur ce qui était un calme oasis rempli de centaine de milliers de palmier , la jet set mondial s'y retrouve dans leur superbe palace
lionel92
3/5
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Un petit détour par la Palmeraie permet d'effectuer une ballade en dromadaire ou en quad au milieu de palmiers géants. Comme ailleurs, il faut négocier les prix.
djoulaye
5/5
La Palmeraie, le paradoxe de la trépidante ville de Marrakech. Comment une telle quiétude et une telle magnificence peuvent-elles envahir ce paysage de palmiers géants, situé à quelques kilomètrès de la place endiablée Jemaa El Fna ? Il faut absolument y faire un détour. Le must : une balade à dos de dromadaire pendant 30 minutes de dépaysement total !
karukera76
4/5
Les constructions de villas gagnent du terrain et la palmeraie se retrecie, dommage! Il faut faire une ballade en dromadaire pour visiter la palmeraie: c'est bien plus agréable que la jeep!

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