Essaouira is a port city on Morocco’s Atlantic coast. This city used to be called Mogador and it’s modern name Essaouira means the ‘little rampart’, due to the city still being partly enclosed by fortress walls. The port was once known as “the port of Timbuktu”, because most African products for export ended up here. Sultan Ben Abdellah founded the port area in the 1700’s and encouraged free trade. Which led to the settlement of rich merchants, including a Jewish community. Iconic for it’s blue fishing boats, it really is very picturesque and it is brought to life by the seagulls along with the many local alley cats looking for a fishy treat.
Departing from your hotel/riad at 8am to commence the 175 km drive from Marrakech to Essaouria. You will have many opportunities en route to stop for photos and you can visit an Argan cooperative run by local women. Where you will discover the process and learn all about the benefits of Argan oil. Then you will continue on to the costal city, where you will have free time. Enjoy a fish lunch or relax on the beach. You will return to Marrakech in the early evening, where you will be dropped back off at your accommodation.