Essaouira is one of the essential steps of your visit to Morocco. A city with a commercial vocation, Essaouira is full of charm through its narrow streets, its port and especially its medina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A haven of peace, Essaouira is divided between its maritime past and its "New City".
Formerly called "The well-guarded", the name of Essaouira today translates as "well drawn". The history of the city begins in the 9th century when the Romans came to establish counters for the shell trade. During the Middle Ages, Essaouira developed economically with the wheat trade and politically with the establishment of royalty. During the 18th century, the city took a new face with the creation of a naval base under the orders of Sultan Mohammed Ben Abdallah. The construction continued with the emergence of the medina and ramparts ... whose architect was of French origin! Over time, trade continued to grow before being threatened by the emergence of ports such as Casablanca or Agadir. Essaouira then differentiated itself by developing its history and its culture to become a tourist pole.
With its beautiful harbour exposed to the influences of the Atlantic Ocean, Essaouira is a destination that does not lack charm: The marine setting is for many, with a beautiful seafront, air, waves, beaches. .. but the city itself is not foreign, thanks to its historical heritage. Thus, the Medina of Essaouira is listed as World Heritage by UNESCO: In an excellent state of preservation, it is one of the most beautiful of its kind in Morocco. The stroll through the alleys leads to the colourful souks and the ramparts that rise around the traditional kasbah ... all dominate the sea, and against a backdrop of a sunset, becomes a real postcard! Essaouira also has a modern city, including a whole bunch of art galleries, as well as a small port still active, with its colourful fishing boats. At the edge of the large sandy beach, sails in the sky signal the presence of kitesurfers and windsurfers: Ocean winds make Essaouira a 'spot' famous for these sports.
Departure from Marrakech at 08:00 in the morning. A few panoramic stops on the road (beautiful landscapes, views of the Atlantic Ocean, goats on the Argan trees).
A few stops for landscapes and panoramic views: Taking pictures ...
Along the way, visit a women's cooperative extracting Argan oil.
Arrival in Essaouira around 10 AM
Visit the artisanal fishing port,
Visit the old medina with its narrow streets and its typically European architecture,
Visit the Scala (a former military base) and fortresses built in the 18th century, the Scala (or Scala) is part of unmissable sights. This is where a legendary scene from Orson Welles's film "Othello" was shot, as well as scenes from the "Games of Thrones" series.
After visiting the port, Scala and the narrow and lively streets of ancient Medina, you will have lunch at the port: Specialty Grilled Fish, Paella, Seafood, Crustaceans ...
Free time to go for walks according to your liking, coffee, shopping ...
Back around: 18 hours.
Note: Flexible schedule and schedule according to your expectations.