Discover The Majorelle Garden Morocco

In 1919, Jean-Jacques Majorelle, a painter from the Lorraine region of France, arrived in Marrakech. Seeking somewhere quiet to create his art and satisfy his love of botany, he acquired the garden that would take his name in 1924, and opened it to the public in 1947. With a bright blue building at its centre which was once the artist's home and workshop, this splendid garden is remarkable for its views, its water features, its cactus collection and the variety of species that live there. Despite the many paintings he produced, this garden is without doubt the artist's most admirable work for the atmosphere he created here, difficult to describe, and for the serene beauty of the place. Acquired by French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent and business partner Pierre Bergé in 1980, it is now managed by the foundation created by the pair.

Since December 2011, Majorelle's former workshop has been used to display the collection of Berber objects and artworks owned by Bergé and Saint Laurent. Small but wonderfully laid out, the Berber Museum has proved a real success. It contains clothes, weapons and everyday and religious items, representing the Berber people (who principally inhabit the Rif, a mountainous region in the north of the country) as true artists.

Among other things, visitors can discover a collection of bee smokers, sugar hammers for the tea ceremony, lavishly decorated bags and shoes, jewellery and capes, rugs, boxes and kohl bottles. Needless to say, there's plenty more to feast your eyes on after a wander round the garden!
Practical information: Open every day from 8:00am to 5:30pm from October to April and from 8:00am to 6:00pm from May to September. Open from 9:00am to 5:00pm during Ramadan. Contact: + 212 (0) 5 24 31 30 47 or email info@jardinmajorelle.com.

Entry: 50 dirhams to visit the garden plus another 25 dirhams to visit the Berber Museum (which is around £5.70 in total).

  • The Majorelle Garden, Arts and culture, Marrakech, Central Morocco
    The Majorelle Garden
    © iStockphoto.com / Alan Lagadu
  • The Majorelle Garden, Arts and culture, Marrakech, Central Morocco
    The Majorelle Garden
    © iStockphoto.com / Alan Lagadu
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