The Gardens of Marrakech
Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Berge bought this electric-blue villa and its gardens and gifted them to the city they adored in 1964. They aimed to preserve the gardens of the former owner, landscape painter Jacques Majorelle. The gardens were established in 1924 and contain over 300 plant species. Within the gardens, you find the interesting Musee Berbere. Next door, the Yves Saint Laurent Museum showcases a selection of haute couture clothing spanning over 40 years by the legendary fashion designer. The collection beautifully allows you to see how Moroccan influences played such a vital role in his creative process.
Continue to the Medina and Le Jardin Secret. This traditional medina garden contains a soothing canopy of palms and banana trees set within a 17th-century riad courtyard. Head up the tower for stunning views over the Medina.
The next stop is the Menara Gardens. According to local folklore, a sultan seduced guests over dinner and then threw them into the reflecting pools to drown. It’s possibly Marrakech’s most picturesque spot, especially when the Atlas Mountains are snow-capped.
Finally, head to La Mamounia, Morocco’s most iconic luxury ‘grand dame’ hotel, for a walk around their gardens before having lunch.