- Type: Sightseeing, Neighborhood/Area
- Time to Spend: Half Day to Full Day
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A different world lies on the other side of the Medina's rosy walls. Sweeping boulevards replace narrow alleys and chic cafés take the place of crowded spice stalls. The Ville Nouvelle was developed by European (mostly French) colonists during the early 20th century. The wide avenues and cozy cafés pay tribute to Paris, Nice, and other French cities. Follow the palm tree-lined Avenue Mohammed V northwest from the Koutoubia Mosque out to the Guéliz neighborhood, home to stylish boutiques (where haggling isn't allowed), trendy restaurants, and nightlife spots. Just south of Guéliz, the Hivernage district (flanking the Medina's western rampart) hosts a variety of upscale hotels, not to mention the beautiful Menara Garden.
If you have the time, take a few hours to explore the Palmery, which is located about 4.5 miles north of the Medina along the Ourika River. Formerly the playground of sultans, the Palmery's lush landscape is speckled with luxurious resorts, verdant golf courses, and sprawling date plantations. You can access the Palmary by bus, taxi, or car. For more transportation information, visit our guide to Getting Around Marrakech.