Marrakech impressed and overwhelmed me. It’s the honest to goodness truth. We stayed in the ancient Medina near Jemaa El Fna (an experience in it’s own right that will be blogged about later) but made sure to visit the Jardin Majorelle as we were seeking peace, tranquility and many Instagram moments.
Located on Rue Yves Saint Laurent, Jardin Majorelle is a major hotspot. To avoid the long wait (lines to get in at around noon in late December were about 45 minutes to an hour). Bring a means of entertainment or people watch to make the wait go by faster. Also note that if you aren’t a Moroccan local or resident, you’ll be paying a higher entry fee (but it’s not that bad – about $15 USD for entry into the gardens and the Yves Saint Laurent Museum).
Once you’re in the garden, you’re transported. There are cacti of every shape, size and color. It feels so exotic and somewhat mystifying to believe this place was once the private back garden of Yves Saint Laurent.
It really is quite picturesque in an unexpected way. It’s not what I’d think of when the word garden comes to mind but it is beautiful and comes complete with a gift shop.
Walk around the windy garden and stumble upon what looks like a pond but in reality, is an extravagant runway.
When you arrive at the beautiful blue structure, stop for a photo. It may be crawling with other tourists looking for their perfect color pop moment but everyone is respectful. They wait patiently and try to avoid showing up in your awesomely posed shot.
I can imagine that during the summer months, this garden is even more refreshing, with the tall plants blocking out the direct rays of the sun and providing a cool hangout spot.
If you’re curious about the Berbers, you can visit the Berber museum just inside the garden for an additional fee (you must pay at the ticket office before entering the garden).
If not, keep strolling about to find your perfect Instagram photo.
Once you’ve had your fill of the gardens and the stillness that comes with being away from Jemaa El Fna, walk a mere 5 minutes down the road to the Yves Saint Laurent museum.
I’m not going to lie, the museum didn’t sparkle but it may have been because I’m not a huge Yves Saint Laurent fan. We saw the dresses he made and a small art exhibit – the dresses were cool – some of them. Not sure there was much else to report but I’m no fashionista so maybe I missed some things.
My overall impression – visit Jardin Majorelle. It’s pretty and you can stay there as long as you like for a bit of a reprieve.