Menara Gardens
The Saadian pavilion with the snow capped Atlas mountains in the background, Menara Gardens, Marrakech.

Menara Gardens

The Menara Gardens are a historic public garden and orchard in Marrakech. They were established in the 12th century by the Almohad Caliphate ruler Abd al-Mu’min and have been listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985.

They are located about three kilometers southwest of the Medina, beyond the city walls. With a surface of more than 100 hectares, the Menara Gardens are a generously laid-out park with many lanes meandering between countless olive trees where the visitors can recline for a moment in the shade.

The gardens surround a central water basin and reservoir, next to which is a pleasure pavilion dating in its current form from the 19th century. The reservoir and its pavilion, often framed in pictures against the background of the High Atlas Mountains to the south, are considered one of the iconic views and symbols of Marrakesh. The basin is 150 meters wide and about 200 meters long.