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Beyond the borders of the historical old town in Marrakech is the modern “new town” of Gueliz.  It was designed and built by the French in the early 1900s and the French influences are obvious in stark difference in the design of the area. The streets are planned, with wide boulevards connected by roundabouts just like in Paris, and low rise apartment buildings, beautiful parks and modern shops full of international brands all over.

When you walk through the old city, it feels like you have stepped into another word, however in the new town, it is clear that Marrakech is very much a modern city.

Arsat Moulay Abdeslam Cyber Park is an eight-hectare royal garden dating from about 1700 that now offers, along with beautiful park lands and gardens, free WiFi.

gueliz marrakech morocco

gueliz marrakech morocco

gueliz marrakech morocco

gueliz marrakech morocco

The fact that I found this sign photo-worthy is a sure sign of immaturity on my behalf.

gueliz marrakech morocco

gueliz marrakech morocco

Huge billboards, western brands, and modern shopping malls show a completely different side of life in Marrakech.

The streets are beautiful, with wide footpaths and lots of well maintained local fauna.

Heading back to the old town, the defences at the edge are a sight to behold.


  1. 14 July, 2013 at 1:41 AM

    The new city looks so clean ! I wonder how this part of morocco will feel like in September . I’m planning on going

    • 14 July, 2013 at 1:02 PM

      It’s a really great part of the city to explore. It’s very different from the old town and gives you a sense of both the French history and the modern and everyday life side of things too.