Located about 175 km from Marrakech, Essaouira is a port city living from fishing but also more and more tourism. This cosmopolitan city is full of cultural and historical wealth acquired over time, the history of Essaouira keeping track of the passage of Phoenicians, Romans, Portuguese and French. Also known as the ancient Mogador (“small fortress” in Phoenician), the walled city of Essaouira has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2001.
The road from Marrakech to Essaouira is a long straight across the Moroccan countryside, it takes between 2h30 and 3h00 to get to the city.
Throughout this road it is common to see Berbers with their flocks of sheep or goats in the fields … At about 1:00 drive from Marrakech, the province of Chichaoua, known for its production of melons and watermelons.
To start the Essaouira day trip, your guide will pick you up around 8:00 am. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to visit an Argan Cooperative as the region is known for argan oil. You will see how women extract the golden oil from the nuts.
On your arrival to Essaouira, you will have about 5 to 6 hours to explore the city. You will go for a visit to the fishing port of Essaouira, the 3rd sardine port of Morocco which is quite typical to see.
From the port we take the direction of the city by entering Vauban-style ramparts through a carved stone gate (Bab el Marsa). Arrived at the esplanade of the place Moulay Hassan, we enter a small narrow alley along the ramparts and leading us directly to the Skala of the Kasbah, a defensive wall decorated with Spanish guns designed to repel attacks from the sea. This place had also served as an outdoor setting for Orson Wells to shoot his film Othello.
Before going to have lunch we quickly cross part of Souk Jdid where the shops are grouped by specialties.
After lunch you will enjoy the Souks & the beach before we get back to Marrakech.
a prompt departure at 8:00 AM
Approximately 5:30 PM
.All transportation in the destination location
Essaouira Full Program
• Departure from your Hotel / Riad at 8 o’clock. • About 3 hours drive to Essaouira. • Arrival in Essaouira, visit of the Medina with the Jewish neighborhood, Sqala. • Then visit the fishing port. • Lunch break at the restaurant. • Then two hours free to enjoy the beach and a swim. • Around 17h00 return towards Marrakech, arrival around 20h00.