Le Jardin Majorelle
Before we go away I like to research into places we can visit; water parks, gardens, pretty picturesque squares etc. One place I’d heard lots about before visiting Marrakech was the Jardin Majorelle. After a little Google search, I knew it was somewhere we had to go. It’s a beautiful garden previously created and owned by French painter Jacques Majorelle. It took him forty years of passion and dedication to create this enchanting garden. In 1966 Yves Saint Laurent visited and fell in love with Marrakech. He ended up purchasing, restoring and maintaining the gardens in order to save it from being knocked down and turned into a hotel complex. He ended up living in the Oasis Villa located in the gardens and after he died his ashes were scattered in the rose garden there.
It’s hard to write about these gardens, they are so incredibly beautiful. I’m not sure if it’s because you get to escape the hustle and bustle of Marrakech city centre and relax in this picturesque tropical garden, or just simply because they are stunning. It’s an Instagrammers idea of heaven, with the bright yellow and blue walls. As you walk around the gardens you tend to spot lots of people posing and uploading photos to social media – after taking a few photos we put the camera and phone down, and just took in where we were. It costs 70dhs to get in and an additional 30dhs if you want to visit the Berber museum (we didn’t on this occasion). Kids are free.
The queue is long in the morning, we recommend going in the afternoon. If you have children then you can be escorted to the front and skip the queue completely (this made our day!) Taxi drivers will try and drop you off around the corner at a local (very pushy) shop. Be persistent and tell them you want to be dropped off at the gardens. They are very central though so you may find you don’t need a taxi. The cafe is a little busy but if you hang around outside it for a few minutes then you will quite often catch a table as someone leaves.