We know Churchill very well for his career as British Prime Minister but a little less for his talents as a painter in love with Morocco! Still, Winston Churchill was a fan of Marrakesh city. He stayed at La Mamounia and painted many paintings including the famous “The Minaret of Koutoubia” he will later offer to US President Roosevelt. He is also the one who convinced Pasha El Glaoui of the talent of his son Hassan and encourages him to cultivate his passion for painting!
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The famous French actress was a fan of Marrakech and Morocco in general. In the early 80s, she saw a mythical love story with actor Alain Delon. Together, they buy the Zahia Palace from Paul Getty. And when their romance ends, Mireille Darc continues to come to Marrakech city, including his great friend the writer, Tahar Ben Jelloun. She meets a little later her husband, Pascal Desprez, to whom we owe the architecture of the hotel Naoura Barrière!
Yves Saint Laurent
After a tour of Marrakesh city in 1966, the French couturier falls head over heels in love! He likes to walk with his companion Pierre Bergé in the Majorelle Garden so much that when they learn that he will be destroyed and replaced by a hotel, they do their utmost to stop the project and buy the garden and the Oasis villa. This is where Yves Saint Laurent decides to come at least twice a year to draw his collections. Charmed by the city and its colors, he invites many friends to discover his new city of hearts. In 2008, the ashes of the “little prince of fashion”, are scattered in the rose garden of the villa Oasis and a memorial is created within the Majorelle Garden.
At more than 80 years, the famous actor of “Tontons flingueurs” decided to tackle everything to settle in Marrakech! In 2003, he opens the restaurant La Bohème and is about to play a new play at the Royal Theater. Unfortunately, he died a few times before, at the age of 84.
Jean Lefebvre, born October 3, 1919 in Valenciennes and died on July 9, 2004 in Marrakech, Morocco, is a French actor
This great Spanish writer is the author of more than fifty books. Nicknamed “the writer of both shores” Goytisolo has always been committed to the defense of the Arab world and brought Marrakech to his heart. He met many artists and was passionate about the place Jemaa el Fna who inspired a part of his work. In 2001, he even fights for the inscription of the UNESCO World Heritage Site! He loves Marrakesh city so much that he will end his life before dying in 2017.
He is a regular in Marrakesh city. His ex-wife, the famous political journalist Anne Sinclair had a riad there. And even after their divorce, the former president of the IMF continued to come to Marrakech where he also acquired a riad just a few steps from that of BHL! And a few years ago, the one nicknamed DSK has cracked for a Franco-Moroccan, the businesswoman Myriam L’Aouffir, whom he married in Marrakech in 2017!
It was in 1968 that the perfumer Serge Lutens discovered Marrakesh city. He buys a ruined house not far from the Ben Youssef Madrasa and decides to call on the best craftsmen to restore it. For 35 years, he followed the works with love, searched in the archives of the Kingdom and drew himself every detail of the house. Yet he will never live there. Today, we can discover this extraordinary house, thanks to the Royal Mansour who obtained the exclusivity.
Bernard-Henri Levy and Arielle Dombasle
This other legendary couple bought the Palais de la Zahia from Alain Delon and Mireille Darc in the 90s. Since then, although they privilege discretion, we often see them strolling the streets of the medina during a romantic getaway in Marrakech city.
The sublime Slovak top model, converted into an ambassador for Marrakesh Cross, has lived for several years between Monaco and Marrakech. It is in Marrakech city that she meets and marries a few years later, the businessman André Ohania. Recently, the couple has opened a new prestigious hotel address in the quality of the Palais Ronsard.
The French rapper does not hide his love for Morocco. He even bought a sumptuous villa in Marrakech for the tidy sum of 5 million euros! He has several times visited places to his fans by posting videos on social networks or by turning the clip of his song “Tonight do not go out”! And for two years, the singer is the star of the holiday season in Marrakech where he gave two free concerts in Jemaa el Fna.