Visit the “jewel” of the Atlantic, and discover the beauty of this ancient Portuguese outcropping. Rejuvenate under the Argan trees and dine on fish so fresh it’s almost alive.
What to Expect
The hustle and bustle of Marrakech quickly slips away as you enter into the peace and beauty that is Essaouira. This ancient citadel on the West Atlantic coast of Africa literally means “wall” in the Berber language, and you’ll soon discover why. Travelers from all over the world come here to experience the very special weather, and explore its diverse and unique history.
Your private tour will start at your hotel or riad at 08:00 h. As we leave Marrakech, we drive through lush valleys filled with orange groves, ancient olive trees and working farms as we drive to the coast. After a short while, we arrive in Chichaoua, where we can take a short break for a coffee or snack at Cafe Afoulki.
Once we’ve had the chance to refuel a bit, we will continue on, soon coming upon our first signs of the Argan trees. These special trees are valued for their nutritive, cosmetic and numerous medicinal properties. The tree, a relict species from the Tertiary age, is extremely well adapted to drought and other environmentally difficult conditions of southwestern Morocco, and while now endangered, they are under protection of UNESCO.
After all of your morning travels, we arrive in Essouira, where we have the chance to wander the ancient streets and imagine what life has come before us. The streets have a genuinely Portuguese feel, after they renamed the city in the 16th century and used it as a port city of their own. Here we can dine on fish straight out of the sea at any number of local restaurants, and can even have a camel ride on the beach if we want!
After a full day of sightseeing, we return comfortably to your hotel.
- Transport in an air conditioned 4WD or minibus with and English speaking driver
- Associated expenses
- Transport insurance
What's Not Included
- Food and drinks, unless specified
- Gratuities (optional)
Know Before You Go
• We recommend having a phone available in case there is any setback
• Please note that there is a minimum of 2 participants required for the trip to take place; the supplier reserves the right to cancel if the minimum is not reached