The day trip to Essaouira from Marrakech is an ideal escape from the busy Marrakech to enjoy most of the day exploring the city that attracted the Phoeniciens, the Portuguese, the Spanish, the Jews, the Arabs and the Hippies in the 70th. Its old fortified town is ideal for wondering around the Souk stores selling small souvenirs and handicrafts.
The day trip to Essaouira from Marrakech will take us through arid plain with humpy hills near Chichaoua. Historically, Essaouira was first founded by the Carthaginian Hanno in the 5th century who constructed a small trading port and was known later in the 11th century with the name of Sidi Megdoul. The name was adopted by the Portuguese in the 16th century to be turned into Mogador which means fortress or wall in Berber.
In the 18th century the Sultan Mohammed III conduct serious developments regarding the fortified walls, the harbor…etc. The Sultan was hoping to reorient the capital to Essaouira and for this he appointed the French engineer Theodore Cornut to build the current fortress. The Jewish people played also a vital importance in terms of the economic development of Essaouira.
The day trip to Essaouira will include a tour around the traditional harbor, the Souks with its fresh fish, vegetable and spices; the fortress, the beach that has attracted surfers from all over the world before enjoying a nice lunch composed of fish dishes by the sea.
The day trip to Essaouira includes the following:
- Private 4WD or MPV with a professional English speaking driver/guide.
- Pick up from the Hotel/Riad and drop off upon arrival.