Majorelle Gardens

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Yakoub El Mansour, Marrakech, Morocco

Majorelle Gardens Marrakech Reviews

sarahsan sarahsan
403 reviews
Peaceful oasis May 16, 2011
Visiting Majorelle Garden is like stepping into paradise. It´s a green and quiet lung in a loud, hectic and chaotic Marrakech. If you suffer from allergy and have trouble breathing in Marrakech, this is the place to come.

Jacques Majorelle was born in France in 1886 and moved to Marrakech in 1919 to continue his career as a painter. Five years later he bought land and began what is today known as Majorelle Garden. In 1947 he opened the garden to the public.

The garden is an overpowering abundance of vegetal shapes and forms representing five continents and reflects Jacques Morelle´s significance as one of the most important plant collectors of his time. The garden is a true work of art. It consists mainly of cacti and green plants, but have very little flowers.

After acquiring and restoring the property, Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé have given the Majorelle Garden to the Fundation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent to ensure it continuing existence.

The bright coloured (blue, yellow and orange) pots, gates and houses combined with all the plants makes this place ideal for photography. Inside the garden, in a blue house, is the museum of Islamic Art. This was unfortunately closed due to restoration when I was there.

There are also two gift shops and a café in the garden, all of them pretty pricy. I only had a mint tea in Café Majorelle. Having to pay €4 felt too much when we have paid €0,7-€1,5 throughout Morocco. The courtyard in the café was very lovely though.

Jardin Majorelle is definitely worth a visit, just be prepared, you will not be alone. The only downside is the amount of tourists visiting the garden.

Check out their website, which is both in French and English:

The entrance fee is not expensive for a tourist, but pricy compared to other museums in Morocco which have been around Dh10.

Opening hours are:

08:00 – 18:00: May – September

08:00 – 17:30: October – April

09:00 – 17:00: The month of Ramadan

Entrance is:

Dh 40 Garden

Dh 25 Museum of Islamic Art

Unaccompanied children are not admitted

Picnics and dogs are prohibited
Majorelle Garden
4 / 4 TravBuddies found this review helpful/trustworthy
sarahsan says:
Richard, it was a nice escape from the chaotic Marrakech.
Posted on: May 16, 2011
gimpel says:
looks very beautiful.
Posted on: May 16, 2011
sarahsan says:
Too bad you missed it David. It was absolutely worth a visit. Yes, the entrance was more then in other museums in Marrakech, but the €3,5/£3 we paid was not bad.
Posted on: May 16, 2011
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marcie21 marcie21
9 reviews
a must-see in marrakech Mar 24, 2011
The Majorelle Gardens is the perfect spot to visit to escape the heat and chaos of Marrakech. Serenity and beauty are the only two words to describe this haven that was restored by Yves St Laurent. There is a tea room where you can have a light lunch but the sorbets are a must - unique traditional Moroccan flavours!
1 / 1 TravBuddies found this review helpful/trustworthy
hotchick21 says:
Beautiful x
Posted on: Mar 28, 2011
travelman727 says:
Marcie, it's ONLY BECAUSE OF YOU that I got to experience this perfect place! You are truly the Marrakech hostess with the mostess! :-D
Posted on: Mar 24, 2011
Johnpro Johnpro
208 reviews
A green-roofed garden pavilion Jan 01, 2011
The Majorelle Garden is a small, meticulously planned botanical garden just off Avenue Yacob al Mansour. The garden bears the name of its creator in the 1920s, French painter Jacques Majorelle.

Today, the Majorelle is maintained by fashion designer Yves Saint Lauren. It conveys both tranquillity and strong colour. The keynote colour on buildings, a vivid cobalt blue, offsets the multicoloured bougainvillea, pink geranium and orange nasturtiums. Bulbs sing in the bamboo thickets and flit among the leaves of the date palms.

A green-roofed garden pavilion, the former studio of Majorelle, is the Museum of Islamic Arts. It exhibits the personal collection of Yves Saint Laurent, including North African carpets, furniture and pottery, as well as Jacques Majorelle’s paintings and engravings of local scenes in Morocco.

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naz55 naz55
4 reviews
Great place to get away from it all in Marrakech Apr 01, 2011
The majorelle gardens are like an oasis in the middle of the desert, you will be so glad to get inside to get away from all of the hussle and bussle of Marrakech. Once you are inside you will not hear any noise and you will feel at peace.

The gardens are vast and they contain all sorts of plants and flowers, there are quite a few small waterfall features that look really nice on photos.

If you are in Marrakech, then you must visit the Majoreele Gardens.
travelman727 travelma…
53 reviews
Marvelous Marrakech hangout - cool garden with cacti Sep 26, 2010
JARDIN MAJORELLE (Majorelle Garden)

There are other great TravBuddy reviews of Majorelle Garden. However, I thought I'd also put in my two cents.

Marcie (marcie21) took me to Jardin Majorelle before our 2-day Marrakech TravBuddy meetup. Little did I know what was in store :-)

First, Jardin Majorelle is a great place to relax and enjoy nature. I fell in love with this unique garden. The park's compact size and blend of fabulous trees and plants among cobalt blue structures make it a convenient, tranquil place to stroll and kick back. In fact, its special soothing color shade, 'bleu Majorelle', was named after founder and French artist, Jacque Majorelle.

Second, Jardin Majorelle is a great place to unexpectedly run into TravBuddies. Marcie and I were ambling along a path when a stranger approached us and introduced herself. It seems that Vicki (deneen1) was sitting on a bench when she overheard Marcie and I discussing TravBuddy. Our terrific trio ended up starting the meetup early :-D
Great place to relax & enjoy nature
Great garden to meet TravBuddies
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deneen1 says:
I thought the most amazing thing about the Jardin Marjorelle besides the colors was running into you and Marcelle! What a great start to our Marrakech Travbuddy meetup.
Posted on: Feb 11, 2011
ArianneG says:
Hi Mark, it's to bad I didn't visit the garden when I was in Marrakesch a few years ago since it looks like a terrific place to relax and get out of the busy/noisy city ;)
Posted on: Feb 11, 2011
yadilitta says:
Congrats on being featured, Mark!!! Well done!!! I wish I'd have been there, another meet up another continent for us :)
Posted on: Feb 10, 2011
travelfan1963 travelfa…
88 reviews
Exotic Gardens in Marrakech Nov 12, 2010
If Van Gogh had been a gardener, he might have designed something like the Jardin Majorelle. Located in the northwestern part of Marrakech, this garden is a canvass of beautiful blue structures framed with a variety of cactus and unusual plants.

Visitors can see the effects of an artist's influence as the original garden was designed by painter, Jacques Majorelle, in the late 1920s/early 1930s. The garden was opened to the public in 1947; however, Jacques Majorelle was later injured in a car accident and returned to France in the early 1960s. Sadly, the garden deteriorated accordingly. In 1980, designer Yves Saint Laurent purchased the garden and renovated the grounds to its former splendor.

This garden is filled with an incredible selection of cactus, while some areas of the garden have such dense foliage that it almost seems like a rain forest. The vibrant blue buildings and fountains add a cooling effect to Marrakech's heat.

Admission to the Jardin Majorelle is not particularly cheap at 30 dirhams. There is also an additional charge to visit the Islamic Art Museum; however, this was closed for renovation when I visited.

The garden offers a cafe in a lovely setting, which is a nice place to stop for a cup of Moroccan mint tea (albeit at high prices). There is also a gift shop with handcrafted gifts available.

I would highly recommend visiting the garden around lunchtime. My riad advised that in the mornings and afternoons, large tour buses descend on the Jardin Majorelle. These crowds seem to magically disappear during lunch, leaving the garden empty for just a few visitors to enjoy the peacefulness of the grounds.

Getting to the Jardin Majorelle from the Medina is not particularly easy. There is an open-topped Marrakech sight seeing bus which can be picked up at the tourist office. The most direct method of getting to the garden is by petit taxi (but be warned that the meter may be "broken"). The price by taxi should be in the area of 20 dirhams. Be aware that the taxi may also stop to pick up others (petit taxis can carry up to three passengers) in route.

I absolutely loved this garden, which is an oasis in Marrakech. The blue and green colors mixed with the reds and pinks of the city is truly beautiful and a stunning sight to see. This garden is definitely worth a visit and a must see on any trip to Marrakech.
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WorldPhotographer says:
Congratulations on the Today's Featured Travel Review. :)
Posted on: Feb 10, 2011
kumikob says:
Having a cup of Moroccan mint tea in a charming place like this sounds very nice to me :)
Posted on: Feb 09, 2011
Dr_Seuss says:
Nice place, well worth visiting
Posted on: Nov 28, 2010
wagslikeadog wagslike…
67 reviews
Colourful, tranquil gardens Nov 07, 2010
"Les Jardins Majorelle" is a large, botanical gardens complex just northwest of Marrakech's medina walls. They were originally designed by a Frenchman named Jacques Majorelle in 1924. The gardens were later owned by the famed fashion designer, Yves Saint-Laurent. (His ashes were scattered on the grounds following his death in 2008.)

There are all kinds of semi-arid plants, trees and species of cacti, along with beautiful and refreshing fountains, ponds and water features. There are many birds and also some turtles present. The Islamic Art Museum of Marrakech is located on the grounds as well, and there is a rather expensive cafe and shop...for all your hunger and spending needs.

There are some vividly-coloured buildings of unique design that will keep your camera busy too! While one probably wouldn't spend all day here, it is a relaxing and peaceful attraction to stroll around in, and you should plan on spending at least an hour and a half exploring and snapping photos, before plunging back into the chaos of the medina.

This really is a "must see" site in Marrakech, but 1 visit is probably enough.
Majorelle bleu
davidx davidx
564 reviews
Lovely but over-priced Aug 22, 2010
The entry cost would perhaps be considered expensive rather than very expensive in mot of Europe but in Marrakech the comparison with the cost of enry to the palaces, the Madrasa or the Saadi tombs is ridiculous - and you ave to pay again to enter the Islamic art museum inside.

Having deplored the cost, I have to abmit that the gardens are not only very impressive but provide some great shade in the very hot temperatures. Cacti and succulents are particularly well represented here.

Sorry there are no photos - I was daft enough to forget to take my camera when I went on a tour of palaces and gardens by taxi! I walked back to the palaces in the afternoon but no way was I going to pay for entry here again!

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