The secret garden is one of the oldest, yet largest riads in Medina. The structure was erected during the period of the Saadian dynasty which is about four centuries back. In the middle of the 19th century, the garden was restructured by an affluent Kaid of the Atlas. This area has become a hub for the high-rank officials of Morocco and Marrakech. Due to the recent revitalization, the riad can now be more recognized as an aspect of the great heritage of the Arab-Andalusian and Moroccan castle. Within it, guest can explore the greenery and the beautiful structure which support it; this opportunity alone is significant evidence of beautiful Arab gardens, structural designs, and hydraulics. With the ingenuity and millennial hydraulic method of the Khettara, the creative use of domestic water by the secret garden is extremely rare and a sign of top-notch inventiveness. However, the previous water system of this riad is now operational as the “watercourses” display the distribution of water from the atlas to the palace so as to be used for kitchen needs, water the plants, refill the fountain, and the hammam.
- Between February and March – 10:30 to 18:30
- From April to August – 10:30 to 20:00
- Between September and October – 10h to 19h30
- From November to January – 9:30 to 17:30
Cost: 50dhs for the Adults and free entrance for 0-12 year’s old kids.