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Jardin Majorelle (YSL Garden) In Marrakech – A Complete Guide

Morocco’s most visited tourist attraction, Jardin Majorelle is a spectacular botanical and artist’s landscape garden in Marrakech.

It was created by the French artist Jacques Majorelle over a period of many years, starting in 1923.

Subsequently, the property was bought in 1980 by Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Berge to preserve the vision of its original owner.

Here’s a guide for visiting.

How To Get To Jardin Majorelle

Jardin Majorelle is located in the Ville Nouvelle (new town) neighbourhood of Marrakesh. 

On Foot

Marrakech is quite a large city, most of the main attractions are within walking distance of the Medina (historic old walled city) in the centre.

It’s about a 10 minute walk to Jardin Majorelle from Bab Doukkala, the main northwestern gate of the Medina in the city centre.

Bus

Bus number 12 from Bab Doukkala, Medina’s main northwestern gate, or number 15 from Djemaa El Fna, Marrakech’s main square, will both drop you close to Jardin Majorelle.

Taxi

Taking a taxi in Marrakech is pretty straight forward and there are two types of taxi, Petit and Grand.

Petit taxis take up to 3 people and only travel within the city and Grand taxis take up to 8 people and have set routes within Marrakech and between cities.

Most journeys within Marrakech should cost less that 20 Dh during the day. It’s just a 5 minute taxi ride to Jardin Majorelle from the city centre.

Car

Although it is of course possible to rent a car in Marrakech, driving around the city is not really recommended.

This is due to the fact that it is incredibly busy with pedestrians, scooters, caleches (horse-drawn carriages) and donkey carts.

In addition, only bicycles, carts and motorcycles are allowed around the alleyways of the historic old city centre.  

Tour

For those short on time, or those that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.

For example the Marrakech City Highlights Half-Day Tour includes a visit to Jardin Majorelle and other hot spots.

Jardin Majorelle Entrance Fee

Jardin Majorelle – 70 Dh.

Pierre Berge Museum of Berber Arts – 55 Dh.

Tickets that include access to both the garden and museum – 100 Dh.

Jardin Majorelle YSL Gardens Marrakech

Jardin Majorelle Opening Times

Jardin Majorelle is open every day from 8.30am – 6.00pm.

Pierre Bergé Museum of Berber Arts is open every day from 9.00am – 5.30pm.

Jardin Majorelle YSL Gardens Marrakech

Best Time To Visit Jardin Majorelle

The best time to visit Jardin Majorelle on your Marrakech itinerary is probably in the spring (March to May) when temperatures are pleasant, without being unbearably hot. Or, alternatively the autumn months (September to November) are similar.

The spring season is perfect for exploring Marrakech’s outdoor attractions including the blossoming Jardin Majorelle. 

Summer in Marrakech (June to August) is usually very hot and dry with temperatures reaching 37°C.

Jardin Majorelle is a very popular tourist attraction in Marrakech so, as always, get there early if you want to avoid the crowds!

What To Pack

Photography Camera

Tripod

Day Bag

Power Bank

Reusable Water Bottle

Sunscreen

Lightweight Rain Jacket

Jardin Majorelle YSL Gardens Marrakech
Jardin Majorelle YSL Gardens Marrakech

Jardin Majorelle History

After being sent to Morocco in 1917 to convalesce from an illness, young aspiring artist, Jacques Majorelle, (son of famous furniture designer Louis Majorelle) fell in love with the vibrant city of Marrakech and decided to settle there.

In 1923, he bought 4 acres of land on the edge of the city and built a Moroccan style house. Following this, in 1931, he commissioned the architect, Paul Sinoir, to design a Cubist villa for the property.

Gradually, he purchased more of the land surrounding his property until he owned some 10 acres. Majorelle then began to landscape and fill the grounds with beautiful plants.

With the upkeep of the garden proving costly to run, in 1947, Majorelle opened it to the public with an admission fee. This helped to finance the maintenance of the gardens and they became known as the Jardin Majorelle.

Following his divorce, in the 1950s, Majorelle was forced to sell the house and land. Following which the garden fell into disrepair. (Jacques Majorelle died in 1962.)

In the 1980s, fashion designers Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge purchased the property after hearing of plans for a hotel to be built on the land.

They successfully set about preserving the vision of Jacques Majorelle and owned it until 2008 when Yves Saint Laurent died. His ashes were actually scattered in the rose garden of Jardin Majorelle.

Since 2011 the property has been managed by the Foundation Jardin Majorelle of which Pierre Berge was the director until his death in 2017.

Jardin Majorelle YSL Gardens Marrakech
Jardin Majorelle YSL Gardens Marrakech

What To Expect At Jardin Majorelle

Covering 2.5 acres, this enchanting botanical garden offers a tranquil haven away from the hustle and bustle of Marrakech city.

A well constructed series of pathways lead you through the grounds. Where you will discover fountains, gazebos, numerous cacti, bamboos, palms and colourful indigenous plants.

As well as, of course, the beautiful electric-blue Art Deco building that sits within the garden. (The vibrant blue colour was specially developed by Jacques Majorelle and was actually trademarked as Bleu Majorelle.)

A steady stroll through the grounds will take about an hour. Allowing time to sit on one of the numerous benches to enjoy the views and take some photos.

However, obviously allow a little longer if you have decided to visit The Pierre Berge Museum of Berber Arts.

There is also a very cool boutique that sells a variety of traditional Moroccan products. As well as a pretty little cafe that offers light refreshments. 

The Majorelle Garden and YSL Museum Entry Ticket is a good option if you wish to also visit the YSL Museum. The YSL museum is right next door to the Jardin Majorelle.

Pierre Berge Museum of Berber Arts

Opened in 2011, the museum can be found in the cubist building designed by the architect Paul Sinoir in the 1930s and the former art studio of Jacques Majorelle.

The Berbers (also known as the Amazigh) are the ancient people of North Africa and Pierre Berge was fascinated by their vibrant art and culture after being first introduced to it in 1966.

Over many years he, along with his partner Yves Saint Laurent, collected a wealth of Berber art from nearly every corner of the country.

Subsequently, in 2011, Berge opened the Museum of Berber Arts to showcase the more than 600 items he had accumulated.

Spread over four, themed spaces you can see amazing textiles, jewellery, carpets and other treasures created by the indigenous people of Morocco.

Jardin Majorelle YSL Gardens Marrakech
Jardin Majorelle YSL Gardens Marrakech
Jardin Majorelle YSL Gardens Marrakech
Jardin Majorelle YSL Gardens Marrakech
YSL Museum Marrakech
YSL Museum Marrakech
Jardin Majorelle YSL Gardens Marrakech
Jardin Majorelle YSL Gardens Marrakech

Where To Stay In Marrakech

Luxury

Four Seasons Resort Marrakech

Four Seasons is a 3-minute drive from the Menara Gardens.

It offers an outdoor swimming pool surrounded by palm trees, sunbeds and a rooftop terrace. A wellness centre and free Wi-Fi are available.

Rooms and suites have a balcony with views of the garden, the pool or the mountains. They offer air conditioning, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with free toiletries, a bathrobe and a bath or shower.

A daily buffet breakfast is available at this 5-star hotel. Four Seasons have 3 restaurants that serve Andalusian, Moroccan, South Italian specialities and international delights.

Mid-Budget

Savoy Le Grand Hotel Marrakech

Offering an outdoor pool, Savoy Le Grand Hotel is located in Marrakech, 500 metres from Menara Gardens.

The hotel has a barbecue and a free WiFi is provided throughout the property.

Rooms come with a flat-screen TV. Certain rooms feature a seating area to relax in after a busy day. A terrace or balcony are available in certain rooms. Every room comes with a private bathroom.

For your comfort, you will find slippers, free toiletries and a hair dryer.

Guests can enjoy a drink at the bar. There is a 24-hour front desk, hairdresser’s, and gift shop at the property. Free private parking is available on site

Budget

Hôtel Racine

Offering an outdoor pool and sun terrace, Hôtel Racine is located in Marrakech, a 5-minute drive from Djemaa El Fna square.

The property offers a fitness centre and a free Wi-Fi access in all areas.

All rooms have a TV. Some units feature a seating area to relax in after a busy day. Every room has a private bathroom. For your comfort, you will find free toiletries and a hair dryer.

Guests can enjoy international cuisine at the on-site restaurant. There is a hairdresser’s, Hammam, a spa and wellness centre at the property.

For more places to stay in Marrakech, you can check the latest prices on Booking.com.

Planning Your Trip

Book Your Flight

Use Skyscanner to find a cheap flight. 

They search websites and airlines around the globe to find you the best possible routes and prices.

Book Your Accommodation

Use Booking.com to find the best accommodation deals.

They consistently return the cheapest rates on everything from guesthouses to hotels for all of your budget needs.

Don’t Forget Travel Insurance

Use SafetyWing to find the best travel insurance for you.

They provide travel and medical incident insurance built specifically for digital nomads.

Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations.

Book Your Tours & Activities

Use GetYourGuide to book your activities in advance.

They sell the best tours, excursions and activities to attractions around the world.

Conveniently book, download and access your tickets on the move all from your mobile. 

Book Your Rental Car

Use RentalCars.com to find the best deals on rental cars in the area.

They compare all major car rental companies and allow you to easily book the perfect vehicle for your trip.

Buy Those Last Minute Bits

Use Amazon to buy everything you need for your adventure.

They offer next day delivery and you can use my travel packing checklist to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything.