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Day Trip to Essaouira from Marrakech

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    What to Expect
    Essaouira is situated 175km away from Marrakech. Essaouira's beach is a long ribbon of around 10 kilometers bathed in surf. There is an invigorating sensation from the ocean breeze as soon as you set foot on the immaculate sand. Essaouira is a medieval city known for its annual festival of Gnaoua music and UNESCO considers the city to be an international heritage site. There are many other things to admire when visiting Essaouira such as its pleasant weather, place Moulay El Hassan, La Skala, the port, the ramparts, and the Jewish district Derb Lealouj.

    At the end of the morning, don't miss the colorful and lively spectacle of the return of the boats to the port, with their baskets full of fish. Grant yourself a rare pleasure; try the grilled sardines or taste a small lobster in the port. Their freshness is incomparable and the atmosphere forever engraved in your memory. Then, return to town through the Bab El Marsa gate.

    The Sqala of the Kasbash, the artillery platform on the ramparts, offers from its north bastion an incomparable view across the medina, over the port's Sqala and out over the ocean. Leave the old European canons and walk towards the casemates that lead to the street. Some of the kingdom's most famous marquetry craftsmen and cabinet makers have founded their workshops there. They work on the wood of the sandarac tree and are deserving of your visit; their work is of a rare intricacy. You will easily find the object that will eternally symbolise Essaouira, once you return home. In the Moulay El Hassan square, you can enjoy the numerous and lively café terraces and restaurants.

    The Gnaoua, descendents of African slaves, practice trance and faith healing whilst playing a syncopated music accompanied by singing and dancing. Essaouira has been host for over ten years to a very popular festival, which takes place at the start of summer, and which promotes Gnaoua music whilst giving a wide opening to world music, jazz and blues.
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    9:00 AM
    • Fuel surcharge
    • Local taxes
    • Driver/guide
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Transport by air-conditioned 4x4 or minivan
    • Food and drinks
    • Guide ( you will explore the city on your own )
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    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infant seats available
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 11 April 2019

    We are a group of 3 young girls who did this 3 day trip and absolutely could not have asked for a better tour guide. Mohamed was the greatest! His English was excellent and he was funny and very accommodating if we ever needed to...More

    Date of experience: March 2019
    2  Thank Emily N
    Reviewed 1 November 2018 via mobile

    Excellent! It was a last minute plan kindly accommodated at a very reasonable price.Very pleased with the driver Ismail... nice gentleman.. on time, safe driver and we enjoyed some great conversation through out the trip! Very knowledgeable and conversant in English..made life easy..picked up from...More

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