Anima Garden Marrakech: Creating the soul of art

Farmlands at the foot of the Atlas Mountains are fed by the water from the Mountains. Where is water there is life! And where is life there is a soul! The Moroccan population has long mastered the technique of smart using the water through irrigation. For example, a vacant lot of 3 hectares in a dry environment of Marrakesh can blossom into the beautiful Anima Garden Marrakech!

The founder of this garden is the Austrian Andre Heller, a successful centipede in the fields of art, theatre, and poetry. His dream to create a place where nature and art merge came true. The name Anima (soul) is very appropriate because when you walk around the garden the deeper meaning of this name in all kinds of aspects emerges: the limitlessness of a soul with a passion.

This special garden has been opened in 2016 after 6 years of construction. The palm trees provide shade, so even at higher temperatures, you can walk on the paths. The special cacti, formed by Mother Nature, are all worth photographing. Different wildflowers grow per season too, among other things, allowing bees to make delicious honey, with the water rippling peacefully in between.

Andre Heller has succeeded particularly well in integrating his love for contemporary art into the garden. The works of art by unknown and well-known artists blend surprisingly well with the oasis of green nature. The tastefully decorated garden plan gives Picasso’s artwork an almost modest yet stately allure with the impressive High Atlas as a backdrop.

Your soul will be stimulated by your senses during a visit to the Anima Garden!

Visit Anima Garden Marrakech

A visit to the Anima Garden Marrakech is a must-do when you visit the city. It is suitable for young and old!

Although the garden is located 30 km outside the city, it is still easy to reach. When purchasing an entrance ticket online you can use the shuttle bus for free. The stop is located next to the Koutoubia Mosque and is about a 15-minute walk from Riad Orange. The shuttle bus runs back and forth four times a day. We do recommend booking a ticket in advance because there is a maximum of 500 daily visitors allowed. When staying at our riad, we are happy to help you with this!

The need to have a delicious lunch has also been thought of! The restaurant is named after the writer Paul Bowles from, among others, “The Sheltering Sky” who loves to stay in Morocco. You can go here for a tasty snack or freshly squeezed juice.

Did you know that opening this garden can provide work for up to 1000 employees? This is an enormous boost for the local economy!

TIP! You can also combine a visit to the garden with a trip to the Waterfalls of the Ourika Valley. You can take a lovely walk and/or visit a botanical garden (including lunch). On the way back to Marrakech you will visit Anima Garden and the driver will be waiting for you. This excursion is easy to book via our hostess or by email: