Marrakech: Jardin Majorelle

Marrakech: Jardin Majorelle

Marrakech was already taking my breath away, but the Jardin Majorelle was the ultimate highlight of an already picturesque trip.

The Jardin Majorelle is a twelve-acre botanical garden in north-east Marrakech. Famously restored by French fashion designer, Yves Saint Laurent, the gardens have been made a memorial to him in later years, following his death in 2008. Even the street has been named Rue Yves Saint Laurent!

However, the garden has actually been open to the public since 1947. Built and designed in 1924 by French painter Jacques Majorelle, who spent forty years creating this tranquil space and bought the famous Berber blue to the garden.

I can see why this is one of the most photographed sites in Marrakech. Not only is it a contrast to the terracotta tones of the medina, the bold blue and ochre yellow really zing in the sun. The Cubist villa is the centre of it all, with a beautiful long thin pool running up to it, and now houses the Berber museum. Everywhere you look are textures and greens, layered up and reaching sky high. I love any type of botanical garden and try to visit one whenever I am travelling – Jardin Majorelle has so many types of cacti and plants I was overwhelmed. The colours really are incredible.

Tip: Try to arrive early in the morning, to avoid queuing in the heat outside and also to have some peaceful space to yourself in the garden.

From the entrance way fountain, follow the path past the pavilion and tall bamboo to the YSL memorial, continue through the palm trees and on to the waterlily pool. There are plenty of photo opportunities along the way. The blue and yellow villa with its peaceful blue square fountain is where the masses congregate! You can see why Yves Saint Laurent fell in love with the place.

 Tip: Visit the beautiful cafe inside for a rest from the heat

I particularly loved the details. Like the blue on blue of these large ceramic lanterns, huge yellow planters (including astonished Japanese tourists!) and the decorative archways. Inspiration all around.

Getting there:

Entry to the garden is 70dhs which is approximately £5. The garden is located off Avenue Yacoub el-Mansour, we got a taxi from our riad which was around 60dhs.

Jardin Majorelle (website)

Rue Yves Saint Laurent, Marrakesh 40090, Morocco


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