Begin your experience with a pickup from your Marrakech hotel. Hop inside your air-conditioned vehicle and drive to Essaouira on Morocco’s Atlantic coast.
As you travel, hear about Essaouira’s turbulent history. Learn how it was known in Roman times for producing the purple dye used in imperial togas, and hear tales of its time under Portuguese rule, when its name was ‘Mogadore.’
On route, stop to visit an an Argan Women’s Co-operative to see the women at work extracting oil from argan nuts, and then continue your journey westward.
On arrival in Essaouira, enjoy a guided tour of the old port: a hotchpotch of Portuguese, African and Arabian influences.
Stroll along the harborside and view the Skala fortress with its wave-lashed ramparts and cannons. Visit the medina and municipal market, and explore the jeweler's quarter and a handicrafts complex as your guide explains Essaouira’s artistic heritage.
Later, get free time to explore Essaouira’s souks as you wish. Browse the rustic workshops and stands selling products such as hand-painted pottery, rugs and slippers.
Take your pick from the many fish restaurants for lunch (own expense) and afterward, return to Marrakech, where your trip ends.