Majorelle Garden (Jardin Majorelle)#6 in Best Things To Do in Marrakech
When it comes to beautiful green spaces in Marrakech, Majorelle Garden, situated northwest of the medina, steals the show. The garden was crafted by French painter Jacques Majorelle (who lived in the Red City from 1923 to 1961). After his death in 1962, the property was bought by fellow Marrakech-lover and late fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent, and it was eventually opened to the public after Saint Laurent's death in 2008.
In this garden, you won't find the city's typical desert setting: Thick bamboo, palm and cactus groves shelter trickling streams, ponds filled with water lilies and a bright blue water fountain that matches the adjacent Berber Museum are just some of the property's features. An art gallery, a gift shop, a bookstore and a cafe are also located on-site.
While some recent visitors bemoaned the garden's high entrance fees (compared to other local attractions) and long queues, many praised its peaceful setting. To avoid prolonged wait times, several travelers recommended buying a combined Berber Museum and Majorelle Garden pass at the museum. This ticket covers admissions to both attractions and lets you skip the line to enter the garden.
Admissions to Majorelle Garden cost 70 Moroccan dirhams (less than $8) per person; children 11 and younger enter for free. Tickets that include access to the garden and museum cost 100 dirhams (or about $11) each. Garden hours vary by month. From October through April, the property opens at 8 a.m. and closes at 5:30 p.m. daily; between May and September, you can visit until 6 p.m.; and during the month of Ramadan, the garden welcomes visitors every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The attraction can be reached by taking one of several ALSA public bus routes or the company's Oasis Tour Tourist Bus to stop No. 7. For more information, check out Majorelle Garden's website.
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#1 Medina of Marrakesh
The heart of Marrakech lies in its historic city center – a UNESCO World Heritage site. For centuries, the medina acted as a political and economic hub whose influence radiated throughout the Middle East. Royals resided here, international trade took place here and cultures developed here. As you stroll through this 11th-century labyrinth of alleyways, you'll see that Marrakech's history remains intact.
Past visitors said that the medina is a must-see, especially at night. Most of its popular food and merchandise stalls are situated in Jemaa El Fna, but for a less crowded atmosphere, explore the streets outside the medina's main square. It's easy to lose your bearings here, so some former travelers also suggest visiting with a guide. Companies that offer guided walks around the medina include Marrakech Guided Tours and Marrakech Tour Guide – both recommended by recent travelers.
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