Fodor's Expert Review Jardins Exotiques
Near Sidi-Bouknadel, 9 km (5½ miles) north of Salé, you'll find the extraordinary Jardins Exotiques, which were created in the mid-20th century by a Frenchman named Marcel François, who used to play classical music to his plants. Planned to represent different regions (like Polynesia, Brazil, or Japan), the gardens are a haven for birds and frogs. The profusion of walkways and bridges makes them a wonderful playground for children, too. Since François's death in 1999, the property has been maintained by the government, and a touching autobiographical poem forms his epitaph at the entrance.