Les Jardins Majorelle are one of the most popular attractions in Marrakech, and with colours and views like this you can see why! One hot afternoon after exploring the souk, mum and I decided to seek a tranquil spot where we could enjoy a little oasis of calm and Les Jardins Majorelle was the perfect place for just that.
When most people leave somewhere, they tend to leave flowers, but YSL having totally fallen in love with Marrakech wasn’t content with just a bunch of flowers, and so he left an entire garden!
A tropical oasis with plants from all over the world and a real haven of peace and quiet, nestled in the grounds of YSL’s former house.
The most striking part of the gardens isn’t actually the plants themselves, which actually lend a calming background, but the bright centrepiece that is the Berber museum and brightly painted walls.
Every single plant pot is painted a vibrant colour; these gardens really are a feast for your eyes – and for your cameras!
It’s not the largest garden, in fact, it’s quite small, but it’s so beautiful and peaceful (a real treat in comparison to the hustle and bustle of central Marrakech) that we wandered round the gardens maybe three or four times before finally calling the hotel car and leaving.
Even though the plants weren’t the highlight for me (I’m really not very green-fingered at all much to my parents’ disappointment), there were some really beautiful flowers…
In tribute to YSL himself there is, in the quietest part of the garden, a very simple memorial. Make sure to take some time and sit on one of the benches, enjoy the silence and reflect on either YSL himself or the beauty of the gardens that you’re in.
Whilst wandering around, we admired the beautiful plant pots…
The vibrant little fish (Catherine – there are even some tiny little turtles!)…
And the main feature of the garden: the long pool which can be seen from both ends of the garden, from two little open structures, painted in the same striking blue as the walls of the Berber museum.
We debated whether or not our handbags could take one of these plant pots, but decided that our luggage allowance probably wasn’t that generous!
I really adored the blue and green pattern that was seen throughout the garden, both in the checked tiles, and the contrast between the plants and the buildings. Though I’m fairly convinced that it would look hugely out of place anywhere apart from this little haven.
We spent a while in the shade, watching the fish, listening to the trickle of the water and listening to other people in the same state of awe as we were.
This building really had a magical air about it, it was almost as if you were walking into a secret little haven.
There are dozens of benches all around the garden, aptly placed for you to enjoy a serene moment in paradise, and we took more than our fair share of time sitting here and watching the world go by.
We didn’t visit the Berber museum in the grounds, but if you’ve visited it I’d love to hear what you thought of it in the comments.
In addition to the gardens and the museum there is a gorgeous shop that sells some of the softest leather that I’ve ever handled. Honestly, mum and I could have bought it all… And the jewellery… And the scarves… Though prepare to take your credit card with you as the prices are pretty steep.
Nestled away in the corner of the garden is the YSL “Love” Gallery: each year YSL himself used to design a card centred around the theme and the word “love” to send to clients. Isn’t that a really beautiful idea?
And they’re all displayed, pride of place, in their own gallery.
Even the windows were filled with the most intricate, beautiful designs – YSL really didn’t leave anything untouched in this garden!
It’s by far one of the best places to visit in Marrakech, especially since it has such a reasonable entrance fee. It was quite busy, but it never felt overly crowded which was great, otherwise I think a little of the magic would have been lost.
It was the perfect way to spend a quiet couple of hours in la ville nouvelle. There are quite a few boutiques just outside the garden, so make sure to factor in an hour or so to explore them – sadly, we didn’t and there was a linen shop that we think we missed out on!
When this is the entrance, you know you’re in for a treat…
Finally, there’s a great little cafe for you to refresh yourself in once you’ve wandered around the gardens.
We opted for a very refreshing mint and pineapple juice, which we slurped within seconds as we were so parched – and immediately felt refreshed!
With a cheeky side of lemon tart which is definitely worth ordering! The menu is more extensive, but since we were there around 3 or 4pm, we only wanted a light juice and a naughty snack.
It might not sound like much, but I hope you can see from the photos that it really is a little gem that you’ve got to explore!
A slice of tranquility in an otherwise chaotically busy city, which makes it a must for your sightseeing in Marrakech.