Essaouira Day Trip : Essaouira, a quiet city refreshed by the sea breeze. On the way, we stop at an Argan oil cooperative. To learn how gold oil is produced using traditional techniques. Then walk to the fishing port of Essaouira, where you can see the famous blue fishing boats. Thereafter, explore some of the beautiful Essaouira art galleries scattered in the Medina. As well as strolling in the Medina of Essaouira, which can be explored at ease. Also wander on the ramparts with cannons on the seaside. Enjoy a seafood lunch in the harbor stalls or at a local restaurant. Finally return to Marrakech.
Essaouira Day trip starts from your Hotel in Marrakech, then head to Essaouira at 08:30 am. Firstly, we will drive along the Haouz plains to Chichaoua village, where you will stop for a cup of coffee before we continue to Sidi Mokhtar. On our way, you will cross the Argan trees forest, where you might spot some goats climbing the trees. Stop and take some photos before we carry on to Essaouira.
The first thing we do when we reach Essaouira, is a visit to the harbor with its fishing port and old Portuguese fortifications. There you can still see medieval war cannons aligned in order, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Then continue to the Medina ( old city ) with its well preserved fortification dating to the 18th century. The major landmark of the Medina is La Scala, which was built against foreign attacks from the sea. Next we continue to Bab Laalouj ( One of the main gates of Essaouira), then to the Mellah the old Jewish quarter.
Along the way, various art shops, galleries, souvenir shops and thuya wood craft shops are aligned in order. Choose one of the local cafes, for a delicious seafood lunch. After that we head to a Kasbah that is famous for having served as a military bastion. If you are a beach lover. enjoy a walk along the sandy beach of Mogador. you can sunbathe while watching waterspouts amateurs kitesurfing or windsurfing. Finally, return to Marrakech late afternoon.
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If you have an extra day in Marrakech, Essaouira is worth the visit. We were picked up and brought back to the nearest car parking of our Riad. Everyone was super friendly, and the charming guide made an effort to make everyone understand the tour. We ate a delicious fish in the port, I recommend it. it is super beautiful city, very quiet and beautiful