El Bahia Palace, literally ‘the palace of the lady’, built in the Arab-Andalusian style is one of the masterpieces of Moroccan architecture, housing 8 hectares of lush interior gardens delicately laid out. Under the French Protectorate, Field Marshal Lyautey made it his home. The palace comprises two large gardens of 2 acres (8,000 sq.m.) adjacent to two galleries opening into an indoor courtyard. The first one was created by Si Moussa and the second one, around 1880 by his son Bahmad who was then the Grand Vizier. The path leading to the riad is lined with leafy trees and high date palm trees. In the Andalusian gardens, you will find hibiscus, date palms, lemon and orange trees, plus three lined up fountains.