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Menara Garden Review

The Menara's lagoon and villa-style pavilion are ensconced in an immense royal olive grove, where pruners and pickers putter and local women fetch water from the nearby stream, said to give baraka (good luck). A popular rendezvous for Marrakshis, the garden is a peaceful retreat. The elegant pavilion—or minzah, meaning "beautiful view"—was created in the early 19th century by Sultan Abd er Rahman, but it's believed to occupy the site of a 16th-century Saadian structure. In winter and spring snowcapped Atlas peaks in the background appear closer than they are; and, if you are lucky, you might see green or black olives gathered from the trees from October through January.

Updated: 05-11-2011

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