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Just a little way outside the colorful chaos of Marrakech’s bustling medina – where children dart along dusty tracks, the cries of vendors clash with the sound of car horns and the intoxicating fragrance of spices fills the air – is the tranquil oasis of the Majorelle Gardens. A sapphire in North Africa’s scorching ‘ochre city’, Majorelle is a refreshing retreat for the flustered tourist.
Flora and architecture exist in beautiful harmony here. The Majorelle Gardens comprise 12 acres of wonderfully colorful and beautifully-kept plant life, among which are a number of fountains, pagodas, canopied walkways and even a small museum.
All of these constructions are painted a striking cobalt hue – a color which has since come to be known as Majorelle blue – which is the Gardens’ most iconic feature.