The Majorelle Garden, an infinitely blue Eden

It's impossible to visit Marrakech without taking a trip to the Jardin Majorelle! The place's special feature is its blue colour, so coveted by decorating purists, blended harmoniously with the green of the flora. This intense blue contrasts with the vegetation and the gold-tinted decorative elements. This space was imagined by its founder as a botanical garden with Impressionist influences. Its Moorish architecture is particularly appealing, as is its earthy paradise, arid yet full of trees. This blue interlude can be visited quickly, but it's also an opportunity to discover the Berber museum at the heart of the garden and the Saint-Laurent museum, which exhibits ravishing couture pieces. Set off to discover this unique botanical heritage, where the omnipresent Majorelle blue sets the tone.

The Majorelle Garden in Marrakech, Morocco.

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Infiniment bleu, the birth of an iconic venue

Jacques Majorelle, a French painter with a passion for travel and the creator of this exceptional place, gave it its letters of nobility. He discovered Morocco in 1917 and fell under the spell of the country and its culture. He acquired a plot of just over one hectare to the north-west of Marrakech, where he built a Moorish-influenced villa and a Berber-style workshop adjacent to the house.

He decided to merge his two passions, painting and plants, in this incredible place and turned it into a botanical jewel. A few years later, he launched the construction of another project, this time in the cubist style, and decided to lay out a garden around the building, which he would perfect over time with exotic plants (cacti, coconut palms and banana trees).

Majorelle Garden, Marrakech, Morocco.

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Thanks to his talent as a painter and his overflowing imagination, he turned the area into a magical, lush palm grove that exists nowhere else. A work of which he was very proud. However, the menagerie did not always enjoy happy days. After the death of its creator, the garden was abandoned before finally being purchased in the early 1980s by the famous couturier Yves Saint Laurent, who drew inspiration from the site for a number of his creations. It is thanks to him that this earthly paradise has been restored to its former splendour.

Majorelle Garden, Marrakech, Morocco.

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"For many years, the Majorelle garden has been an inexhaustible source of inspiration for me, and I've often dreamt of its unique colours. "

Yves Saint Laurent

Lush vegetation...

As soon as you arrive, you'll be immersed in this bubble of warmth and lush vegetation. The garden covers more than a hectare and boasts around 300 species of plants. These include beautiful cacti, thousands of palms, succulents and aquatic plants.

Depending on the season, you'll have the chance to visit the site while the pots are flowering. This adds an extra splash of colour to the abundant plant life.

Majorelle Garden, Marrakech, Morocco.

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This abundant flora is home to many species of birds, including turtle doves and falcons. Keep your eyes peeled for a glimpse of one at the top of the palm trees. Stroll through the colourful alleys of this incredible place and sneak up on the blue villa to take a photo in front of one of the walls or on a zellij step. The lapping of the many fountains along the way adds a sublime touch to the whole. It's sublime! Despite the crowds, the place is very peaceful and gives you a real sense of calm.

Majorelle Garden, Marrakech, Morocco.

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... mixed with cultural spaces

The Pierre Bergé Museum of Berber Art

Continue your exploration of this majestic site by visiting the Pierre Bergé Museum of Berber Arts and its library. Before it became a real cultural space, it was Jacques Majorelle's painting studio. The museum is home to many works of art that once belonged to this North African people. More specifically, the history of the Berber tribes is told through audiovisual projections in the museum's various galleries.

"Ever since I arrived in Marrakech in 1966, I've been fascinated by Berber culture and art. "

Pierre Bergé

The Yves Saint Laurent Museum

Located a few steps from the Majorelle garden, this museum designed by Studio KO is striking for its designer brick architecture. The superposition of rounded and cubic shapes gives it a contrasting and very modern style. The brickwork is reminiscent of the colours of traditional local houses.

Inside, a number of haute couture creations are on display, tracing the career of Yves Saint Laurent. The permanent exhibition pays tribute to the couturier's never-ending inspirations. Temporary exhibitions have also been added.

Yves Saint Laurent, Marrakech, Marruecos.

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Practical information

📍 Address: rue Yves St Laurent, Marrakech

THE MAJORELLE GARDEN

Opening hours: daily from 8am to 6pm (last entry at 5.30pm)

👛 Price: Adult €15 (150 DH) / child under 10 €7.5 (75 DH)

👉 Accessibility: people with reduced mobility can access the site.

THE YVES SAINT LAURENT MUSEUM

Opening hours: daily from 10am to 6pm (last admission at 5.30pm)

👛 Admission: Adults €13 (DH130) / children under 10 €6.5 (DH65)

THE PIERRE BERGE MUSEUM

Opening hours daily from 8am to 5.30pm (last admission at 5pm)

👛 Price (garden + museum): Adults 20 € (200 DH) / children under 10 10 € (100 DH)

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