Excursion from Marrakech to Essaouira

 Highlights:

  • Explore Essaouira’s traditional port, and discover its long and interesting history
  • Try fresh seafood from the local market
  • See the ramparts and the Old Town, full of medieval architecture at its finest
  • Enjoy a relaxing walk along the beach, historically famous for its fishing, and more recently as a windsurfing destination

Description:

Take a full-day trip to Essaouira from Marrakech and spend time in the laid-back fishing town. Leaving Marrakech at 08:00, you will be transported through the vast and breathtaking Moroccan landscape, peppered with a few scattered villages, some camels, sheep, and goats grazing in the countryside.

Deep in the desert the vegetation changes to Argan trees that only grow in the wild, and which provide berries for local goats to eat. If you wish, you can stop for an Argan oil tasting in a small co-operative run by local women. Discover how the Argan oil is extracted from the trees, and learn about its uses in cooking and cosmetics.

Enter the charming blue and white town of Essaouira to explore its artistic wonders at leisure. Stroll along the quays and watch the fishermen unloading their catch of the day, and the brightly-painted fishing boats coming back to shore. Or enjoy the many fine restaurants at the port, and dine on freshly caught fish and seafood.

Explore the historic ramparts, and visit the Medina to see local artists selling their crafts of Thuya wood. The ramparts will give you an insight in to how this old seaport village was armed against the threat of invasion. Parquetry still remains a traditional specialty of Essaouira, and another beautiful attraction of the region is its tranquil beach, where you can laze away throughout the peaceful afternoon. The tour culminates depending on your time when you would like to return to Marrakech.

 

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