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Le Jardin Majorelle: the botanical icon of the city of Marrakech

Updated: Oct 17, 2023

The Main Fountain and the Atelier - Jardin Marjorelle Marrakech

History of the Jardin Majorelle:

The Jardin Majorelle, one of the jewels of Marrakech, located a stone's throw from the Medina, is a must-see destination for lovers of art, nature and culture. This green oasis, created in 1931 by the famous painter Jacques Majorelle, is a true haven of peace that invites contemplation and escape. Jacques Majorelle, an impressionist painter, bought this small palm grove in the heart of Marrakech to make it his studio and residence.

When Yves Saint Laurent saved the Jardin Majorelle

The Jardin Majorelle is a place full of history and legends. In 1980, upon learning that the Garden and the Villa of the Painter Majorelle were to be destroyed for a real estate project, Yves Saint Laurent, the famous fashion designer and his companion Pierre Bergé, who had already purchased the neighbouring Villa Oasis, bought the Garden and the Villa which gave its name to the famous "Bleu Majorelle" colour.

The French designer undertook a complete restoration of the Garden with the ambition of opening it to the public. The Majorelle Garden, which amazes nearly 600,000 visitors each year, has become one of the most important tourist attractions in the whole of Morocco. Today, a moving but very discreet tribute is being paid to Yves Saint Laurent in the garden he loved so much and which owes him so much.

What to do in the Majorelle Garden?

The Majorelle Garden is a magical place that transports visitors into a world of enchanting colours and scents. It is an opportunity to discover the richness of Moroccan culture, to marvel at an exceptional botanical collection and to soak up the unique atmosphere of Marrakech.

Jardin Majorelle Marrakech Morocco

The Jardin Majorelle is much more than a simple tourist attraction: it is an unforgettable sensory and cultural experience. It is an opportunity to recharge your batteries, reconnect with nature and immerse yourself in a poetic and inspiring universe. The Jardin Majorelle is a real treasure, to be discovered and cherished without moderation.

The gardens feature plants from all five continents and are centred around large colourful ponds, clear water fountains and flowering pergolas, providing a calm and peaceful place to sit and read a novel or enjoy a snack in the elegant tea room.

Visiting the Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech, you can discover the different parts of the garden, such as the tropical trees and plants, the ponds and the fountains. As you pass through the main gate, you will be immersed in a soothing silence, accompanied by birdsong and the sound of visitors' footsteps. The garden includes the plants, the Berber Museum, the museum bookshop and the Yves Saint-Laurent Memorial. You will not fail to notice the square Majorelle blue fountain, which attracts attention by its contrast between the blue colour and the plants. The Berber Museum traces the history of this North African people, whose origins go back 9,000 years. The museum is dedicated to Berber culture, history and language, with sections devoted to tangible and intangible skills, Berber jewellery and costumes, weapons, weavings and house decorations.

The Pierre Bergé Museum of Berber Arts

The Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech and the Pierre Bergé Museum of Berber Arts are open to the public every day of the year, from 10am to 6pm. You can take a break in one of the two shops in the garden, where you will find books on Morocco, its culture and history, as well as maps of the garden, and Yves Saint Laurent-inspired objects for the home and for yourself. Entrance fees are Dhs 150 for the Jardin Majorelle and Dhs 50 for the Pierre Bergé Museum of Berber Arts. Reduced rates are available for students, foreign residents and Moroccan citizens. Children under 12 years of age are also eligible for free admission. It is recommended to book tickets online, 24 hours in advance, at

Yves Saint Laurent Museum

The Yves Saint Laurent Museum is an iconic venue that pays tribute to the famous French fashion designer. Located behind the Jardin Majorelle, this fascinating museum invites visitors to discover the creative world of Yves Saint Laurent and to immerse themselves in the history of fashion.

The museum, which is housed both in Paris & Marrakech, is a treasure trove for fashion and art lovers. It houses an impressive collection of the famous designer's dresses, accessories, drawings, sketches and photographs that trace the legendary career of Yves Saint Laurent. The permanent and temporary exhibitions allow visitors to discover the artistic influences and inspirations that guided the designer's career.

The Yves Saint Laurent Museum is also a place of creation and innovation. The collections presented are regularly updated to offer visitors unique experiences. Workshops, conferences and special events are also organized to offer an exclusive look at the world of fashion and creation.

The YSL Museum in Marrakech, next to the Jardin Majorelle, is open to the public every day except Wednesday, from 10am to 6pm.

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Riad Dar Chacha: a haven of peace in the heart of the Medina.

Riad Dar Chacha - The Terrace at night

Our Riad is located in the medina of Marrakech, near the Jemaa El Fna square. It is located in one of the best areas of the city, close to the Place des Ferblantiers. By staying in our Riad, you can discover the magic of the medina while enjoying the charms of our home. The Douar Graoua district is quiet, coveted and secure. Our Riad is close to the Bahia Palace and only a few minutes walk from Guéliz. It is decorated with a mix of Moroccan and contemporary art for your comfort. It offers one of the best value for money in the medina.

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