Today property of Yves Saint Lauren and Pierre Bergé, it is home to over 300 plant species from all over the world.
Cool off among exotic plants and birdsong
Vibrant and exotic, the Majorelle Garden is one of Marrakech's most beautiful green lungs. They exist in the heart of the city and also house the Museum of Islamic Art. French painter Jacques Majorelle spent 40 years of his life composing this paradise. After purchasing the property in 1923, he endowed it with such splendour that it soon became more famous than his paintings. He brought to Marrakesh species from all over the world that today are estimated at 300. When you enter the gardens, you will feel as though time has stopped still a you listen to the birds singing, the rustle of the wind in the leaves and the flowing water in its ponds, rivers and fountains. In the grounds you will also see a Moorish Art Deco edifice known as Villa Oasis. The Majorelle Garden, which opened its doors to the public in 1927, fell into obscurity when the artist died in 1962 until 1980 when Yves Saint Lauren and Pierre Bergé bought it and restored it. "We are delighted with this oasis where the colours of Matisse mingle with those of nature", said the designer when describing his first impression of the place. Nothing in the world should prevent you from missing this festival of colours, fragrances and sensations. Admission to the garden will cost you 50 dirhams, although a museum visit (which was the painter's workshop back then) will cost you 25 dirhams. Check the opening hours on www.jardinmajorelle.com.