Jardin Majorelle is a colourful, pretty garden in Marrakech. But in all honesty it’s not much more than that and didn’t blow me away.
If you’re tight on time in Marrakech there are plenty of other things to do. That said, if you have a spare hour or two it’s a pleasant enough stroll and only costs a few quid to enter.
What’s at Jardin Majorelle?
The gardens aren’t huge, but what they lack in size, they make up for in bright colours. From the walls to the floor, to the flowers and trees, it’s a vivid party.
You’ll find narrow lined pathways featuring bamboo, plants, trees, flowers and shrubs. And a pretty tiled floors and bright backdrops that you’ve no doubt seen pop up on Instagram.
Make sure you pause at the water so the little turtles can swim up and say hello.
What does Marjorelle mean? It refers to the surname of the painter and creator of the gardens, Jacques Marjorelle.
I visited in mid December around lunchtime and it was fairly quiet. However, if it’s busy when you first walk in, simply head down one of the quieter paths so you’re not stuck in a tour group. It doesn’t really matter what order you walk around the gardens.
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The Museum at Jardin Majorelle
There’s also an Yves Saint Laurent museum that you can enter for an additional fee.
Saint Laurent and his partner bought the garden with its Art Deco villa from renowned landscape painter Jacques Marjorelle, hence the aptly named Jardin Majorelle.
Even if you don’t buy the ticket that allows you to enter the museum, you can still see some great examples of his artwork. Apparently, he used to send collages as New Year’s greeting cards to his friends and clients. Very cute!
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Jardin Majorelle Cafe
There’s an onsite café and a tiny boutique store.
However, I preferred the healthy snack stop across the road. You can’t miss it when you exit. It’s right on the corner and serves lovely wraps, soups and juices.
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How Much Does Jardin Majorelle Cost?
Garden: 70 Dhs (c.£5.60)
Museum: 30 Dhs (c.£2.40)
Children under 12 are free. University students can also receive a discount when ID is provided.
Jardin Majorelle Tickets
You can buy them at the entrance.
Alternatively, you can buy online when you couple it up with another activity, like the gardens and a camel ride.
Jardin Majorelle Opening Times
October 1 – April 30: 8am – 5:30pm
May 1 – September 30: 8am – 6pm
The month of Ramadan: 9am – 5pm
How Long to Spend at Jardin Majorelle
I’d recommend an hour or two at most. Obviously if you’re really, really into gardening or Yves Saint Laurent you might want to spend longer.
Jardin Majorelle With Kids
It’s pushchair-friendly. As one of the most popular attractions in Marrakech it does get busy, so try to lose the crowds if you can.
It’s fenced in, so you can let littles burn a bit of energy. Just watch out for the pond. My two always want to throw themselves in any water!
Getting to Jardin Majorelle
Jardin Majorelle, Rue Yves Saint Laurent, Marrakech, Morocco
From the medina it’s a pretty direct walk to Jardin Marojelle. It will take about 45 minutes. Alternatively, you can easily get a taxi.
If you’re stuck for time in Marrakech, then I don’t think Jardin Majorelle should be at the very top of your list. However, if you can spare an hour or so I’m sure you will enjoy it. It’s certainly very relaxing and peaceful, especially in comparison to the chaotic souks.
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