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Our private Essaouira day trip to the charming seaport of Essaouira begins in the morning when your personal driver picks you up at your Marrakech hotel.
Enjoy a 3 hrs. of leisurely scenic drive through the Moroccan countryside in an air-conditioned vehicle as you passing by the beautiful landscapes, wild argan tree groves and villages, watching some camels and goats peacefully grazing in the countryside. You might make a stop at a local co-op where Berber women buy some argan oil for cooking and cosmetics. Maybe we’ll be lucky to see tree-climbing goats. Goats are very fond of eating argan fruits, they make it so easy getting to the top, jumping from branch to branch.
Next on you Essaouira day trip, arrive at your destination: Essaouira, formerly name Mogador by Portuguese settlers. It is a beautiful city with incredible architecture that combines styles of many civilizations and cultures. The time here is yours for exploring at your leisure. You will be fascinated by an ancient Portuguese fortress, by the lively port, the Medina (Medina of Essaouira (formerly Mogador) – UNESCO World Heritage Site ) with its streets surrounded by white and blue houses.
Enjoy your time for lunch at one of many authentic restaurants serving freshly caught seafood with views of the sea. After lunch you might want to visit a city port to photograph candy-colored fishing boats and also visit small fish market right there in the port.
You can have a walk on the tranquil vast beach to feel the fresh ocean’s breeze or walk in the center of Medina. Essaouira is an artistic center where you have the opportunity to visit numerous galleries or meet local artists selling see crafts and wares, including marquetry. Marquetry is an Essaouira specialty, this is an art and craft of applying different woods to make beautiful patterns.
We are sure you will enjoy your relaxing Essaouira day trip and we’ll be returning to Marrakech in the early evening fully rested and recharged for new Moroccan adventures.