World Heritage Medina, Fishing Port & Atlantic Beach
Argan trees & oil
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 the old ochre ramparts which now provide protection from the wind-assisted waves of 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, the souks, 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.
0800 Rendezvous with driver; drive west to Atlantic Coast and Essaouira.
1030 Free time to explore Essaouira’s medina, visit the beach or harbour.
1600 Depart Essaouira to Marrakech.
1830 Arrive Marrakech.
Private departures operate daily and can be tailored to personal interests.
PRICES PER PERSON
Pick-up/drop-off in Marrakech, travel in style in comfortable private vehicle with air-conditioning and English-speaking driver.
Entrance fees, beverages and 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.