Essaouira - the jewel of the Atlantic: Head to Morocco’s beautiful coast for Essaouira and discover why “The Jewel of the Atlantic” has long attracted visitors from all corners of the globe. A bustling and popular trading port for centuries, Essaouria truly announced itself to the western world when Orson Welles chose to film “Othello” in the town’s winding streets in 1949. Explore the fishing port, its medina, the artistic complex and its many souks and open air markets selling everything from freshly caught fish to local craftwork.
Sheltered by several small islands off the Moroccan coast, the waters around Essaouira provide ideal fishing conditions and the fishing industry forms a key part of the town’s culture. Wander the charming streets of its fishing port and stop at its vibrant fish market, where local fisherman animatedly compete with each other to sell their fresh catches. Take a walk along the elegant seafront and admire the rows of pretty blue and white seaside cottages which line the coastal streets.
Immerse yourself in the narrow and winding streets of Essaouira’s medina, a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to a myriad of lively and atmospheric souks and market stalls. Hunt for a bargain amongst the colourful mix of products on offer and remember that bartering and negotiating are a way of life here in the port that once served as the key trading route to Marrakech.
Essaouira has long held an association with the arts; Jimi Hendrix and Cat Stevens both spent time here and today the artistic scene is still thriving. Browse the many painters displaying their works on the street or visit the Artistic Complex to properly admire the talent this town has produced.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel pick-up.
Start/opening time: Between 7am and 7.30am.
End/closing time: Between 7pm and 7.30pm.
Languages: French and English.
Others: This excursion is not suitable for wheelchairs and people with walking difficulties.