The Majorelle Garden, spread over just over a hectare is a beautiful botanical, landscaped garden in Marrakech, Morocco.
It was originally created by the French Orientalist artist, Jacques Majorelle over a forty years period, starting in 1923, and features a Cubist villa designed by the French architect, Paul Sinoir in the 1930s.
The property was the residence of the artist and his wife from 1923 until their divorce in the 1950s, and in the 1980s, the property was purchased by the fashion designers, Yves Saint-Laurent and Pierre Bergé who worked to restore it.
Today, the garden and villa complex is open to the public. The villa houses the Islamic Art Museum of Marrakech, the Berber Museum and the Yves Saint Laurent Museum.
It is about a 20 minute horse and cart ride from the main square, Jemaa el-Fnaa, but make sure you negotiate the price before getting into the cart and ensure that the driver waits for you, unless you want to chance it and try and find another at the gardens.
Yve Saint-Laurent’s ashes were scattered in the gardens after his death in 2008, which demonstrates how much he loved this place.
It’s a lovely place to visit and a cool, quiet relief from the souks and squares of the centre of Marrakesh.