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Wild Atlantic Coast, Deserted Beaches & Essaouira


  • Scenic rural drive

  • Souira beach

  • Marine reserve

  • Wild coast drive

  • Essaouira port

  • Essaouira medina

  • Argan trees & oil

Travelling by 4×4 our objective is to experience some of the dramatic coastline of the Moroccan Atlantic, walk on deserted beaches and explore the ancient medina and harbour of Essaouira. Leaving Marrakech we take an off-beat route across country to reach the Atlantic at Souira Kedima, a sleepy coastal town with a lovely beach.

We then turn south to follow the windswept Atlantic coast, broken by areas of dunes, hills, fishing villages and largely protected off-shore by a 50 km long marine reserve (Aires Marines Protégées). We visit a small fishing harbour and follow sand-tracks to a remote beach before continuing to Essaouira.

Next a local guide will take us on a short orientation tour of the medina. The rest of our
time is free to explore the narrow shop-filled streets, the colourful fishing port or beach. En route back to Marrakech we visit an Argan oil co-operative and hope to see tree-climbing goats.


0800   Rendezvous with driver; drive to Souira Kedima, then south along the
Moroccan Atlantic coast.

1330   Arrive in Essaouira then tour the medina; free time to explore the sites, visit
the beach.

1730   Depart Essaouira.

2000   Arrive Marrakech.


Private departures operate daily and can be tailored to personal interests.

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Pick-up/drop-off in Marrakech; travel in style in private vehicle with air-conditioning and English-speaking driver; 1 hour guided tour.


Entrance fees, beverages, lunch and other meals not specified; tips and items of a personal nature.

Price for children 0 to 11 years old is £24 (300 dh) per child (must be min. 2 adults accompanying). Children 12 and older pay adult price.

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