Opposite the popular Café Arabe, in Marrakesh, you will find yourself in paradise – a welcome rest especially after a day traipsing the dusty, narrow streets of the souks and being hustled by overzealous stallholders.
Le Jardin Secret was just that: a mysterious place that existed behind a 30ft-high wall deep in the medina of Marrakech.
This historic riad garden has been recreated and is now open to the public.
We would add it to our list of top ten things to see in Marrakech.
10 great reasons to visit The Secret Garden in Marrakech
- It is an historic site that features lovely gardens and a Palace.
- There is only one tower at The Secret Garden: its height exceeds certain minarets of the city! It offers stunning views over the rooftops of the medina and the Atlas Mountains. A great place to view Marrakech and its surroundings.
- There are several gardens including the new historic site “The Secret Garden”: the first garden is called “exotic” and collects plants from around the world and the second “Islamic”, symbolizes a representation of the Muslim paradise on earth.
- The Secret Garden features plants from the 5 continents
- The “Islamic” garden is divided into four beds separated by beautiful fountains
- There is a lovely terrace café where you can eat and stay for hours and hours
- There is a fabulous shop to buy interesting souvenirs of your visit.
- You will want to visit and revisit this natural setting within the Marrakech medina.
- Lovely place to take photographs
- It is not expensive
A bit of background from over the centuries:
16th century: Sultan Moulay Abdallah began the urbanization of the Mouassine district and erected a splendid palace on the ground of the current Secret Garden
19th century: After the destruction of the palace during the decline of the Saadian dynasty, the Qaid al-Hajj ‘Abd-Allah-U Bihi begins the reconstruction of the Palace following the plans and designs of the Saadian era. Lush gardens are planted near the new palace. Qaid is poisoned for political reasons by the Sultan Muhammad IV who hated him: the property returns to the hands of the qadi (judge) Moulay Mustapha.
1912: The judge exchanges his palace for the house of al-Hajj Muhammad Loukrissi, a resident in Fes head of the corporation of watchmakers of Marrakech. He lived there until 1934, the year of his death.
From 1934 to 2000: The land was no longer maintained and was gradually falling apart.
2008: The idea of restoring the garden and palace gains ground with a passionate team of history buffs interested in Marrakech.
2016: The Secret Garden is opened for the pleasure of travelers to Marrakech.
2017: There is already talk of night visits being organized … stay tuned.
The shop and café are open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission to the garden is 50 dirhams per person – 25 dirhams for Moroccan residents (ID required) – children enter for free.
Admission prices for a guided tour of the palace is 30 dirhams per person – children below 12 years of age 20 dirhams
The Secret Garden Marrakech
Medina – Marrakech
Tel: +212 (0) 5 24 39 00 40