One of my favourite (and more touristy) activities I did while in Morocco was visit The Majorelle Gardens in Marrakech. The gardens were designed by Jacques Majorelle but then bought by Yves St. Laurent. Apparently, Yves St Laurent and his partner Pierre Bergé discovered the gardens in 1966 and used to visit them every day while in Marakech. Eventually the gardens were to be condemned and turned into high rise buildings and they (thankfully) stepped in and bought them in 1980.
The site was packed with tourists but it is hard not to be completely enchanted by the lush green oasis of cacti, bamboo and palms anyways. I was also enamoured with the contrast of lush green, cobalt blue and terracotta - just gorgeous. They have a great Berber museum on site where I was lucky enough to check out some very old Berber textiles and jewellery. (my favourite!). They also have a lovely outdoor cafe and it is very tranquil with some of the best ice cream ever. I would definitely recommend a visit if you're ever in Marrakech but if I were to go again would try to go in the early morning or around sunset. you will get better photos and I think, take in the tranquility of the space in a more peaceful way. Happy Weekend my friends and a Happy 4th of July to all of my compadres south of the border. XO!