Gardens of Marrakech
A change of pace as you board a horse-carriage for a leisurely visit to some of the lovely historic gardens and ornamental pools on the outskirts of Marrakech. The Jardin Majorelle was designed by the French artist Jacques Majorelle, who took up residence in Marrakech in the 1920s and turned his garden into a tropical paradise, surrounded by vivid cobalt blue buildings with verdant exotic groves, lily-covered pools, huge and sculptural cactuses. The garden was subsequently owned by the fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent, and there is an on-site Museum of Islamic Arts exhibiting Laurent's personal collection of African carpets, pottery and furniture. The Menara Gardens (below right), originally dating from the 12th century, surround a huge rectangular pool and provide a picture postcard image.