If you’re visiting Marrakech, chances are you want to visit some of the city’s hidden gardens, found amongst the side streets of the medina and market place. You’ve probably heard of the YSL gardens, but Le Jardin Secret is one of the lesser known gardens in the city (and in my opinion) so much better than some of the more well-known tourist spots. If you’re planning to visit Le Jardin Secret (and I really recommend you do!) this blog post should answer any questions you may have.
How do I find Le Jardin Secret?
Le Jardin Secret is hidden in the Marrakech Medina / Market – in the old town. It’s easy (ish) to find – there are sign posts and notices directing you towards it… But if you’ve been to Marrakech before, you’ll know nothing is ever that simple! The Market can feel like a labyrinth of similar streets and stalls – so always give yourself a little extra time to find it.
What is Le Jardin Secret like inside?
It’s absolutely beautiful, and full of the traditional Moroccan architecture, tiling, and plants you’re probably hoping for. It’s spacious, not crowded (at all) and feels like this amazing oasis from the hustle and bustle of the market outside.
In terms of facilities, there are seating areas, toilets, shaded places to relax, and even a cafes on the rooftop (with an amazing view down into the gardens). There’s also a small exhibition, and a gift shop selling some beautiful handmade items from local sellers.
How long does it take to walk around Le Jardin Secret?
Not long, compared to some of the other gardens in Marrakech, Le Jardin Secret is actually quite small. Small but perfectly formed! I think we spent about 2 hours inside and that included having a drink on the rooftop at the rooftop cafe, and looking at the exhibition.
How much does Le Jardin Secret cost?
- The full price adult ticket: 60 dirhams.
- Reduced cost 7-24 years: 40 dirhams
- Moroccan Locals: 30 dirhams.
- Children under 7 years old: Free.
You can buy the tickets at the reception desk in the lobby, which is right in the entrance hallway. We didn’t have to queue.
What are the opening times for Le Jardin Secret?
– February and October: 9.30 am – 6.30 pm
– From March to September: 9.30 am – 7.30 pm
– From November to January: 9.30 am – 6.00 pm
Can I take pictures inside Le Jardin Secret?
Yes – I took plenty of photographs during our visit, and you are allowed to have your camera / phone. There are so many beautiful photo opportunities, it was actually one of my favourite places to take photos during our entire trip to Marrakech. There was so much to see and so much to look at.
What should I wear?
Whilst there is no official dress code in Le Jardin Secret, it’s a good idea to dress respectfully for the Muslim religion and local Moroccan culture. I’d recommend a a skirt / trousers / dress that is longer than knee length, and a top that covers the shoulders.
You can check out their instagram (or the instagram hashtag) to see what other people, besides me, have worn whilst visiting.