Le Jardin Secret, a New Garden in Marrakech

Le Jardin Secret is a remarkable new garden in Marrakech. Here’s everything you need to know about this delightful haven of tranquillity.

Le Jardin Secret’s Origins

Situated among the narrow, winding alleys and lanes of the city’s famous souks, just to the north of the central square, Jemaa el Fna, Le Jardin Secret has its origins in the latter part of the 16th century, during the Saadian dynasty.

A former palace on this site was destroyed after the Saadian dynasty’s decline in the late 17th century but a new one, respecting the Saadian era’s original layout for the complex, was soon built to replace it.

During the 1930s, maintenance of the complex ceased and it fell into disrepair. It was not until 2008 that the idea to recreate the gardens took root and, in 2018, Le Jardin Secret, after a long programme of research and construction, opened its doors to the public for the first time.

The Creation of a New Garden in Marrakech

Created by an international team of designers & engineers and based on what was believed to be the 18th century layout, the complex now features two beautifully recreated, highly distinctive gardens – an exotic one and an Islamic one - the four-part symmetrical layout of which has been designed in accordance with the rigid geometrical rules through which Muslim order is said ‘to assert itself over nature’s wild disorder’. 

Brought from the High Atlas to the grand palaces of Marrakech by subterranean irrigation channels – a remarkably impressive engineering feat, the results of which are today clear for all to see - water forms an essential element of Moorish gardens and the fountains situated at their centre are considered, in oriental tradition, to be at their heart, reflecting paradise as described within the Koran.

Le Jardin Secret Today

In addition to its pair of stunningly beautiful gardens, this exquisite oasis of peace and tranquillity now also features a museum where visitors can learn, through compelling audio-visual presentations, more about the history of the site and its former palaces as well as the story behind the contemporary project to recreate them in line with Moroccan tradition.

The complex includes a small bar and a rooftop cafeteria, the ideal place to sit back and take in the peaceful, historic atmosphere of this outstanding new attraction.

Directions

Le Jardin Secret is located at 121 Rue Mouassine, approximately 12 to 15 minutes’ drive to the north of the Kasbah. Staff at Les Borjs de la Kasbah will be happy to recommend the shortest possible route for those on foot or to organise suitable transport.  

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