Marrakech is one of those cities that captivates and mystifies. It’s old and new; big and small; rich and poor; beautiful and dirty. Everyone seems to have a different perception of it.
This city of contrasts has a lot of history. And a lot of beauty.
The Majorelle Garden (Jardin Majorelle) is a small oasis of green & plenty. A little out-of-ways from the medina and romantically beautiful Djemma el Fna square, the gardens contrast significantly with the other colors of Marrakech. While the gardens are a lively & robust selection of bright and thriving plants, the rest of the city —if Marrakech can be described as a color—would be camel-colored.
But the Majorelle Gardens don’t fit into that color scheme. Full of life and beauty, the colors of Majorelle are beautiful but strangely unlike the rest of Marrakech. Not surprising, though. This city has everything.
The Majorelle Gardens were designed by a French artist (the painter Jacques Majorelle) in the early 1900s and have been an open public space since mid-century. In 1980, Yves Saint-Laurent bought them and now, a tourist attraction, the gardens remain a strangely out-of-place botanical garden. A Moroccan mystery, as always.