Unplugged: Jardin de Majorelle, Marrakech, Morocco

Luxury Travel Beat’s Unplugged series aims to take you to places around the world which, in these hectic times, hand you back to yourself.

Jacques Majorelle was a French painter who moved to Morocco in 1919 after falling in love with the country. He bought the piece of land the Jardin de Majorelle stands on in 1922 and over the next two decades, the now famous Jardin de Majorelle – which is also the origin of the term majorelle blue – took form.

Sadly, it fell into a state of disrepair following Majorelle’s death in 1962, and it wasn’t until 1980 when Yves Saint-Laurent and Pierre Berge obtained the garden that it was restored it to its former glory. Today, the garden, in Marrakech’s Novelle Ville district offers a beautiful refuge from the city’s hustle and bustle and, sometimes, dry and dusty seasonal winds. Three hundred species of exotic plant life can be found here as well as a Museum of Islamic Art, and a cafe.

And if, while wandering around the grounds you feel Yves Saint-Laurent’s spirit in the breeze that causes the bamboo leaves to shake gently, it’s because he not only gained inspiration for his many collections from the garden, but also asked for his ashes to be spread here after his death in 2008.

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  1. I was there in March – incredible!! You can see a few of my own pics here – http://emilyluxton.co.uk/2012/04/05/les-jardins-majorelle/


    • Cynthia Wamwayi says:

      Agreed. I just saw your pics – marvellous! Thanks for stopping by and taking time to comment.



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