A Morning at Jardin Majorelle

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Jardin Majorelle is a place that I have always wanted to visit. Strolling around the twelve-acre garden looking at the different varieties of cactai and plants, walking under a canopy of cascading flowers, while seeing bits of the Majorelle blue appearing through the spaces is exactly what I had envisioned. Jardin Majorelle was forty years in the making for French painter Jacques Majorelle, later being purchased by Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Bergé.

Even though the garden is surrounded by traffic and noise, navigating your way through it is peaceful. The bright colours will put you in such a happy mood — it is no wonder this is one of the most visited sites in Marrakech.

The best time to go?

Right when the garden opens.  If you get there first thing, you will have the pleasure of walking around and feeling like you are the only person there.  As we were leaving an hour and a half after Jardin Majorelle opened, a few tour buses full of people began flooding the gardens.

Don’t forget to see…

The Yves Saint Laurent memorial.

Be sure to pick up…

Some postcards of the garden and Yves Saint Laurent to send to friends and family.  Everyone loves receiving snail mail with cool international stamps.

Short on time?

There is a Berber Museum in the house that costs extra to visit.  It is small (only a couple of rooms), interesting to see if you would like to learn more about Berber culture, but if you arrive when all the other tour buses do, you may be waiting a (long) while to get in.

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