Day 5: Day Trip to Essaouira
After breakfast in your riad, you will start travelling to Essaouira,” Mogador”. Just before you get to Essaouira and since this is the land of the “Argan culture”, you will see herds of goats climbing the Argan trees looking for better food they can’t find on the ground. Here you will have the opportunity to visit the women's co-operative of Argan oil where they extract the oil that is famous for its culinary, cosmetic and medical properties. Get to Essaouira around 11am and then start our exploring the city; you’ll visit the Skala Fortress; see Thuya wood carved by artisans; walk through the alleys of the medina and view hundreds of handicrafts. Essaouira knew many civilisations – including the Portuguese occupation, which affects much of its architecture – however, it remains a small beautiful town with much history. Because of its size and its characteristic blue doors, washed walls and location, it is also regarded as Morocco’s “Jewel of the Atlantics”. Your visit includes the Mellah – the Jewish headquarter, and the beach. There is an annual
festival of “Gnawa music”, where many musical groups come from different parts of Africa and the world. Today you will have lunch in a Moroccan way, bought fishes ‘cooked to order, a very authentic experience. After that you will have some free time before we drive you back to Marrakech. Overnight at your riad as above. BB.