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day trip to Essaouira from Marrakech

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    What to Expect
    At 8 am, you will meet you at your centrally located hotel in Marrakech for this tour. Leaving Marrakech, we drive through lush valleys filled with orange groves, ancient olive trees and farms. After a short while, we arrive in Chichaoua, where we can take a short break for a coffee or snack at a cafe. We will continue deep in the in a semi-desertic area, the vegetation changes; passing by shepherds with their acrobat goats perched on argan trees. These special trees are valued for their nutritive, cosmetic and numerous medicinal properties. The tree is 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 drive, you arrive in Essouira, you’ll head deep into the walled medina, the centre of all the action in Essaouira, formerly known by its old Portuguese name “Mogador”, is a citadel with a prestigious past. It has been occupied since prehistoric times and was famous for its Tyrian factory which supplied Rome with the legendary purple dye… Here you’ll meet a local artists in their studios and check out some of their pieces, giving you the chance to discover Moroccan artwork right from the very source. After you’ve got your artistic fix for the day, you’ll head over to the crazy, atmospheric fish market for a savoury lunch of grilled fish. Being on the coast, the produce here comes right from the sea, so you can definitely expect the freshest and most sustainable seafood to choose from. You can park yourselves down at wood benches and tables, right alongside the locals, and pick your fresh fish to be grilled, while enjoying picturesque views of the fishing port and the walled medina from the bastion of Skala du Port.

    There is plenty of time at leisure for you to enjoy the charms of this resort, you might decide to go in a walk along the beach at low tide to see the romantic fort of Borj El Barod crumbling into the sea, or the ruined sultan’s palace at Diabet, or to take a boat to the Iles de Mogador, breeding ground for the rare Eleanora’s falcon, if you love watersports, you would prefer to try some surfing/ kitesurfing/ windsurfing/ bodyboarding/ kayaking) – or just set at the beachside café, relax and watch the world go by with coffee or mint tea, and maybe a Moroccan pastry, in one of the cafés on Place Moulay Hassan.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Pick up from your Hotel
    Departure Time
    8:00 AM
    Return Details
    Drop off near your Hotel
    • Transport including : Fuel , Professional Driver
    • All taxes, fees and handling charges
    • Hotel pickup
    • Hotel drop-off
    • Meals
    • Drinks
    • Monuments fees
    • Guide
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    The trip was grand. Me and my mom had great fun in essaouira. A small city by the coast where you can find good food. So it's a day well spend. However my only problem was the drop off where they left us a bit far away from our Riad in Marrakech. We felt unsafe as people
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    We booked 3 excursions with this group. Atlas mountains, essaouira and quad biking. Good prices and reliable service.
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    About the operator
    By: Esprit d'aventure - Day Tours
    Interesting experience
    It was a very interesting experience. but as others have written, what they are selling is something and you
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    Benjamin L
    Mohammed was so accommodating and helpful. We had the best tour to Wassa Zat and Merzouga. Everything he said we
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    Jennifer B
    London, United Kingdom
    4 Days Zagora and Merzouga private tour
    Highly recommend! Our driver was Mohamed was awesome. He has so much experience and kindly pointed out many things
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    3 days trip
    The best driver Mohamed! We felt very safe, we stayed in places with beautiful views. A night in the Sahara
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    Ashby-de-la-Zouch, United Kingdom
    Fabulous day out in Agafay Desert!
    We had the best time Quad Biking and Camel Riding in the Agafay Desert! Hicham was very welcoming and gave us the
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    Ouzoud waterfalls
    Trip to Ouzoud waterfalls. It is always nice to see a driver to cooperate with a scammy guide. Paid only for
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    Sky full of stars
    Everything was fine and our expectations were exceeded. Mohamed was a very pleasant guide, who made our trip an
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    Iasi, Romania
    Changed my vision of Morocco people
    “Farid!” :) I loved my trip in Morocco! It has been surprisingly over any expectations. For this, I would like to
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    Friendly excursion to Sahara Desert
    Overall a pleasant and comfortable excursion from Marrakech to Sahara Desert. Joined a local private tour in a
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    FUNtastic tour
    One of the best travel experiences my friends and I have ever had. Our driver, Mohammed, was super nice, friendly
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