The Majorelle Garden

The Majorelle Garden, or Jardin Bou Saf (daily 8am–5.30pm; 30dh; no dogs, no unaccompanied children, no picnics, no smoking), is a meticulously planned twelve-acre botanical garden, created in the 1920s and 1930s by French painter Jacques Majorelle (1886–1962), and now owned by fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent.

The entrance is on a small side street off the jacaranda-lined Avenue Yacoub el Mansour. Refreshments are not available in the garden, so it may be worth bringing your own, though picnicking is banned.

The feeling of tranquillity here is enhanced by verdant groves of bamboo, dwarf palm and agave, the cactus garden and the various lily-covered pools. Marrakesh | The Ville Nouvelle, gardens and palmery

The Art Deco pavilion at the heart of the garden is painted in a striking cobalt blue – the colour of French workmen’s overalls, so Majorelle claimed, though it seems to have improved in the Moroccan light. This brilliantly

offsets both the plants – multicoloured bougainvillea, rows of bright orange nasturtiums and pink geraniums – and also the strong colours of the pergolas and concrete paths – pinks, lemon yellows and apple greens.

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