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03 June, 2019

JARDIN MAJORELLE, MARRAKECH MOROCCO

YVES SAINT LAURENT JARDIN MAJORELLE, MARRAKECH MOROCCO

Yay it finally feels like Summer, hope you guys have been enjoying the sunshine. I've been preparing myself for wedding season and will be busy over the next few months working, so I've been making the most of my free time with my little boy. I've also been trying to finish off blog posts that have been sitting in my draft! I shared a previous post on the beautiful Le Jardin Secret when I was in Marrakech in April and I also wanted to share my visit to Jardin Marjorelle. 

The iconic Jardin Marjorelle is all over Pinterest and Instagram, the bright blue and yellow building and exotic garden are hard to miss! The garden is located outside of the main square of Marrakech and isn't really nearby any other attractions but that doesn't stop the crowds from visiting! The gardens opens at 8am and I arrived around 9.30am and there were already 2 long queues as well as another queue for tour groups. It's 70 Dihram (around £5.70) for entry into the gardens and an extra 30 Dirham if you want to visit inside the museum as well.

When you enter the gardens there's a small fountain with beautiful tiles and lots of people I couldn't move but they quickly disperse and found myself under a bamboo canopy. I wasn't expecting that at all but it was beautiful to see the tall bamboo trees shooting upwards and of course reminded me of the bamboo forest in Japan :) As I made my way through the garden passing all the selfie sticks and cameras, there were lots of cacti trees, exotic plants and flowers. There were birds humming and water tricking, even though it was crowded it felt nice and calm wondering around the garden.

JARDIN MAJORELLE, MARRAKECH MOROCCO
YVES SAINT LAURENT JARDIN MAJORELLE, MARRAKECH MOROCCO
JARDIN MAJORELLE, MARRAKECH MOROCCO
YVES SAINT LAURENT JARDIN MAJORELLE, MARRAKECH MOROCCO

As I walked towards the small pavilion, from there you can see the Majorelle square fountain and Museum in all it's blue beauty! Jacques Majorelle was an artist and transformed the now famous Jardin Majorelle into a living masterpiece. The high maintenance costs of the gardens forced the artists to open to the public in 1947. It wasn't no where near as popular as it is today as it was almost empty (no Instagrammers back then for sure!)

After Morelle passed away, Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge who visited and loved the garden decided to buy the garden and restored it from being sold off and replaced as a hotel. They wanted to make "Jardin Majorelle the most beautiful garden - by respecting the vision of Jacques Majorelle." Isn't that amazing how something can be restored and be such a special and incredibly popular place in Marrakech now?

JARDIN MAJORELLE, MARRAKECH MOROCCO
YVES SAINT LAURENT JARDIN MAJORELLE, MARRAKECH MOROCCO
YVES SAINT LAURENT JARDIN MAJORELLE, MARRAKECH MOROCCO
YVES SAINT LAURENT JARDIN MAJORELLE, MARRAKECH MOROCCO

After Yves Saint Laurent passed away, a memorial was built in his honour as well as the street in front of the garden to be renamed after him. It was really inspiring walking around taking in all the plants, the vivid colours and art deco design. 

I would definitely recommend a visit here if you're in Marrakech. You can easier spend a few hours here - just arrive early before it gets too crowded. The gardens are very well maintained with several workers on site.

YVES SAINT LAURENT JARDIN MAJORELLE, MARRAKECH MOROCCO
YVES SAINT LAURENT JARDIN MAJORELLE, MARRAKECH MOROCCO
YVES SAINT LAURENT JARDIN MAJORELLE, MARRAKECH MOROCCO
YVES SAINT LAURENT JARDIN MAJORELLE, MARRAKECH MOROCCO

I personally preferred Le Jardin Secret as it was more spacious and I liked the Riad and pavilion but Jardin Majorelle definitely has it's own magical charm!

What do you think of Jardin Majorelle? Have you been to Marrakech?


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