A very worthwhile day-trip to the old port of Essaouira. Feared as a lair for pirates in days gone by, it is now one of the most charming towns on Morocco’s Atlantic Coast. As well as a lively fishing harbour and a wild, windswept beach it has a wonderful souk for shopping away from the hustle and bustle of Marrakech.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Your accommodation in marrakech|
|DEPARTURE TIME AND ITINERARY||
08:30 Rendezvous with driver; drive to Essaouira (181 km)
10:30 Meet local guide for orientation tour of Essaouira’s medina
12:30 Free time to explore the sites, visit the beach or harbour
16:00 Depart Essaouira to Marrakech
18:30 Arrive Marrakech
Complete with a bustling historical centre and surrounded by ancient city walls, Essaouira is a delightful destination for a day trip. Explore the atmospheric alleyways of the ancient medina, and its historic, ochre ramparts which now provide protection from wind-assisted waves coming from the Atlantic Ocean.
With a whitewashed medina enclosed by huge pink sandstone ramparts (listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site), and with a rich Portuguese and Andalusian heritage, Essaouira was originally founded by Phoenicians in the 7th century BC. The Portuguese arrived in the 15th century and established the first fortifications and a trading post. The town itself wasn’t built until the latter half of the 1700’s, sanctioned by an Alouite sultan, Mohammed II.
From a long white sandy beach and dunes to a bustling fishing port with
excellent seafood and colourful wooden fishing boats, Essaouira has always been a favourite retreat of hippies, sailors, artists and musicians. Local attractions include the Sidi Med Ben Abdallah Museum, a lively souk (excellent for shopping and souvenirs), the old city gates and the impressive sqalas – fortified sea bastions. A stroll along Essaouira’s impressive sandy beach is a favourite activity for most visitors.
This tour operates daily throughout the year. Timings are approx. and may vary due to interests of the group, weather or seasons.
Sun-glasses, comfortable footwear and plenty of sun protection.