Set slightly out of town the Menara gardens offers not only a pleasant escape from bustling Marrakech, but also has one of the most photographed settings of Morocco, which is most enjoyed in the last hour before the gates close. At this time of the day the place is also cleared of the crowds. It is designed as a summer escape from the incredible heat of Marrakech. It is adorned with both orchards and olive groves. The pavilion and the basin existed from earlier times, but the present structure was built in the middle of the 19th century at the command of Sultan Abu ar-Rahman.