Essaouira was discovered by the Phoenicians who settled there. Afterward, it was conquered by Rome and then Portugal. By the end of the 15th century, the Portuguese had built the commercial and military port of Mogador (Essaouira today). This port is built at the foot of the city´s ramparts.
Essaouira is definitely a must in Morocco, this city is full of history and interesting facts that are waiting to be heard.
The amazing and ancient buildings accompanied by the beautiful landscapes that represent this coastal city will take your breath away.
On this full day tour, you will be visiting and exploring the best spots of Essaouira while appreciating the culture and the views of it.
Spend the first day exploring Essaouira. Formerly known as Mogador, Essaouira is reminiscent of an age when Spain, Portugal, and England fought to control their coasts. It hosts a traditional Portuguese harbor with fine examples of Moorish and Portuguese art. Known for its fine wood-work, Essaouira is also home to the silver souk (commercial quarter), art galleries and islands.
Essaouira was discovered by the Phoenicians who settled here. Sometime later, it was conquered by Rome and Portugal. By the end of the 15th century, the Portuguese had constructed the commercial and military port of Mogador (in what is Essaouira today). This port was built at the foot of the city's ramparts. In 1769, the Navy constructed a door to connect the loading docks of the port to the city. From this door, a small bridge takes to Skala Port and to the ramparts that cut the old city into several districts.
In the medina, you will see the Moulay El-Hassan Square, the Grand Mosque, and Siaghine Alley. From the terrace of the North
Bastion you can reach the marquetry, where Morocco's
best marqueteurs work on cedar.
After leaving the confines of Skala, you will follow Derb Laalouj street until the Museum Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdallah. Here musical instruments, local Andalusian songs, Berber Imazighen documents, weapons, costumes, carpets, and more are displayed in what was the residence of the Pasha.
"Mellah” is located in the north of the city. This Jewish Quarter is crossed by the traditional Rue Mohammed Zerktouni. It borders with a market that extends to Bab Doukkala.
During your stay, you will also be able to enjoy beautiful beaches with plenty sun year-round.
Hotel pickup is included for hotels located in Marrakech. For all other customers outside the hotel pickup area, departure point is in front of Grayline office (Residence Yasmine, Majorelle, Boulevard Moulay Abdlah, Mag n 5, Marrakech).
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