These lush gardens are a breath of fresh air after the intensity of Fez's medina. Although more than a century old, extensive renovation and replanting have reinvigorated the gardens' splendour, and locals come in droves to promenade the leafy trails, cool off around the grand central fountains and lounge beside the bird-filled lake – especially at dusk. The main entrance is on Ave Moulay Hassan, but there's another at the opposite end of the park.
The gardens make a good halfway break between the mellah (Jewish quarter) and Bab Bou Jeloud.
Afternoon concerts are held here during the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music.