Essaouira also knows as the Pearl of the Atlantic is located 170 km from Marrakech and its medina, old city, is a UNESCO Heritage of Humanity site.
Our excursion starts at dawn and the two-hour road trip to our destination runs through desert landscapes and the region which hosts the argan trees coltures, the liquid gold of Morocco, of which Morocco is the only producer in the world.
Our first stop will be in Sidi Moktar, while the second one wil be further on at a women’s cooperative where the famous and precious argan oil is traditionally handmade. Here you could purchase some argan oil or inquire about its wonderful cosmetic properties, or about other products argan oil-based.
Upon our arrival in Essaouira you will be first amazed by its magnificent wide half moonshaped sandy beach. Essaouira is also know as the windy city and as a matter of fact the wind is king here, strong and constant, a natural gift that has turned the location into a surfers’ and kitesurfers’ paradise, especially in Sidi-Kaouki, fifteen minutes south of the city.
Essaouira relies heavily on fishing as well, and sttolling in the quaint port area you could taste freshly caught fish cooked just under your eyes.
The walled medina with its white and blue houses is delightful to the eyes and the souk overflows with artifacts and fragrances.
Essaouira gives you a break from the frantic bargaining of Marrakech, and a walk down its alleys is really a time of peace and relax.
Essaouira is also known for its art and in reality we can talk about the Essaouira Painting School which combines naif and contemporary art, with many artworks exhibited in the many art galleries in town. Last but not least the city is famous for its Gnawa music, and every summer, in the month of June, Essaouira hosts the Gnawa Music Festival and the Music of the World Music Festival, definetly an event of international relevance.