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Marrakech - Essaouira
Departure at 8:30 from your hotel towards the Atlantic coast, through Ounagha, well known to the city of Essaouira located 170 km from the Red City of Marrakech.
Essaouira is an exceptional example of a late-18th-century fortified town, built according to the principles of contemporary European military architecture in a North African context. Since its foundation, it has been a major international trading seaport, linking Morocco and its Saharan hinterland with Europe and the rest of the world.
Lunch on the harbor, then free time to explore the medina and the ancient monuments Mellah (Jewish quarter), the Skala and Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah Museum and finally we recommend you watch the beautiful sunset and a glass of Mojito on the terrace Taraus coffee. Essaouira is famous by the Thuya wood crafts.
The Medina of Essaouira, formerly named Mogador (name originating from the Phoenician word Migdol meaning a « small fortress »), is an outstanding example of a fortified town of the mid-eighteenth century, surrounded by a wall influenced by the Vauban model. Constructed according to the principles of contemporary European military architecture, in a North African context, in perfect harmony with the precepts of Arabo-Muslim architecture and town-planning, it has played a major role over the centuries as an international trading seaport, linking Morocco and sub-Saharan Africa with Europe and the rest of the world. The town is also an example of a multicultural centre as proven by the coexistence, since its foundation, of diverse ethnic groups, such as the Amazighs, Arabs, Africans, and Europeans as well as multiconfessional (Muslim, Christian and Jewish). Indissociable from the Medina, the Mogador archipelago comprises a large number of cultural and natural sites of Outstanding Universal Value. Its relatively late foundation in comparison to other medinas of North Africa was the work of the Alaouite Sultan Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdallah (1757-1790) who wished to make this small Atlantic town a royal port and chief Moroccan commercial centre open to the outside world. Known for a long time as the Port of Timbuktu, Essaouira became one of the major Atlantic commercial centres between Africa and Europe at the end of the 18th century and during the 19th century.
Dinner and overnight in hotel or Mogador Riad in the medina.
Essaouira - Marrakech
After breakfast, we head to the beach of Sidi Kaouki among the best maintained beaches in the country. A walk on foot or by camel along the beach as a caravan. Lunch at local restaurant followed by a tour of the argan oil cooperative and return to Marrakech.