A full day visiting the enchanting Atlantic coastal town of Essaouira; enjoy a complete change of pace and scenery !
Activity code: RAKESS
Duration: 1 Day
Historic, characterful Essaouira has taken elements of many influences over the centuries, from Romans to Portuguese, French & Dutch. A drive along the Hadouz plain from Marrakech brings you to this traditional village, once the main port of Morocco, now mainly relying on fishing, tourism and artisans. Walk through the unspoilt Medina to discover the craftsmen, wood-carvers & artists and sample the amazing seafood in the harbour restaurants.
Abandoned by the Portuguese in 1541, it was not until 1765 when the Alaouite Sultan Sidi Mohammad Ibn Abdullah transformed Mogador, as it was known, into a fortified city but the ramparts were never that effective in keeping out the marauding tribesmen! It is now a charming artists' town with its old port and cannons overlooking the fishing fleet. Essaouira invites you to wander through the narrow alleyways which make up the Medina, to witness artisans at work making their wooden tables, boxes and sundry items in lemon or briar wood inlaid with mother of pearl - the purple dye, produced by the crushed shellfish, was exported in ancient times by the conquering Romans to colour the togas of the rich.
This excursion is available as part of any tailor made holiday with Rediscover the World.