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ESSAOUIRA

1 Day Tour: essaouira

For a change of scene, this is a lovely day out to the coast. Leaving your accommodation  at 8am , you will  be driving  due West to the Atlantic port town of Essaouira. Passing the infamous ‘goats in the trees’ and Argan country (the oil derived from the Argan tree is reputed to be one of the most expensive in the world) and with a stop en route, arriving in Essaouira for lunch . 

This trip will be an exceptional site along the Atlantic Ocean, a rocky peninsula is braving the waves: Essaouira, ancient Mogador which was previously occupied by Portuguese on the 16th century. It surprises by it's unique architecture, it's houses with blues hutters, and it's fortifications with cannons pointing the ocean. 


The city was fortified by a French architect and is nowadays a secret refuge for rock stars such as  Jimmy Hendrix or Cat Stevens. 
Appreciated for it's tempered climate pleasant all year long, as well as  it's magnificent ramparts, the Sqala and it's doors, it's amazing Medina, typical mosques, synagogues and churches. Also many craftsmen are specialized in marquetry with Thuyas roots .They offer a wide range of items, from the small souvenir until great furniture.  


20 minutes before Essaouira, women in local villages offer a relaxing and cultural break. Thanks to women’s associations, we can discover the way they extract Argan oil. This is the unique place in the world where the argan tree grows and gives to it's oil nutritive, cosmetic and medical virtues.

 

You can  stroll around the medina, or watch the fishing boats coming in, or take a camel /horse ride on the beach before returning to Marrakech around 5-6 pm. 

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