On our visit to Marrakech last month, we were recommended to visit Jardin Majorelle by some of my friends who had visited Marrakech. It is situated in the center of the city and can be easily accessed through public transport. Our hotel shuttle bus dropped us off to the center of the city and from there, it took us fifteen minutes by walk to reach Jardin Majorelle.
The Jardin Majorelle is a 12 acre botanical garden and it also houses the Berber Museum. It is one of the most visited places in Morocco. It took French artist Jacques Majorelle 40 years to design and create this exotic garden in the vibrant city of Marrakech.
Jardin Majorelle was bought by famous French designer Yves Saint Laurent and his partner in 1980. They restored the villa and the gardens and kept it open to the public. After Laurent’s death in 2008, his ashes were scattered in the Majorelle gardens and a monument was built in his memory.
The garden with it’s pools, streams, fountains and plants is an epitome of tranquility. The garden which covers nearly two and a half acres has a collection of cacti, plants and trees that are landscaped.
Jardin Majorelle is small and you can cover the place in 1-2 hours. The places to see inside Majorelle are the fountain at the entrance, collection of cacti, blue square fountain, water lily pool, palm trees and the Yves Saint Laurent Memorial.
A must-visit inside Majorelle is the Berber Museum. The museum houses a wide range of leather goods, jewelry, basket work, weapons, indigenous textiles of the Berber. There is also a permanent exhibition of photography, films etc inside the museum.
Apart from the museum, there is also a museum bookshop, boutique and a cafe.
We had a relaxing time at the garden after the hustle and bustle of Marrakech city and it’s Medina. Jardin Majorelle is beautifully maintained and the gardens are gorgeous.
If you are in Marrakech and have couple of hours to spare, then you can visit Jardin Majorelle. But it is not something extraordinary.
Open every day of the year.
Ramadan timings-9am to 5pm
Adults-40 Moroccan Dirhams for the gardens and 10 Moroccan Dirhams for the museum.
Kids-Free admission to kids under the age of 12.
Rue Yves Saint Laurent,
Phone: +212 (0)5 24 31 30 47