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Day Trip To ESSAOUIRA, with its thick fortified ramparts, lime washed houses and bright blue painted doors and windows, resembles no other town in the MOROCCAIN kingdom.
Listed as UNESCO world heritage site since 2001 and formerly known as MOGADOR, it is a real haven of tranquility and peacefulness.
However, its history goes back to the Phoenicians since they stopped in the MOGADOR island when they travelling towards the EQUATOR. Moreover, the site was then occupied by the portages and the SAADI sultan.
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IN 18 the century, it was built with sole purpose of maritime trade, its orthogonal out line is owed to the French architect “THEODORE COMUT” a pupil of Vauban. Indeed it drew its name from there, as in Arabic ESSAOUIRA means “the beautifully designed” by the sultan, SIDI MOHAMMED BEN ABDALLAH it became a free port for international consuls, foreign negotiators…
The cosmopolitan mixture of different influences from richest people in the kingdom and large numbers of Jews with the aim of making the new town prosperous.
MOGADOR became very quickly the port for TIMBUKTU where products manufactured in Europe were traded against gold, salt, sugar and … ostrich feathers.
Passing Day tour through the ARGAN forest tree growth that covers 700, 0000 hectares. It’s not only found in MOROCCO but it is also an ancient and precious resource for local population (wood, food for goats that climb into its branches…)
The ARGAN oil used in cooking, traditional medicine and cosmetic, one hundred kilos of fruit and nearly ten hours work to extract one litter of ARGAN oil.
It’s worth visiting the handwork of THUJA wood by the specialist’s artisans of ESSAOUIRA, they combined it with horn, ivory and mother pearl. And the small fishing port was once the lair of pirates who sailed out to plunder richly laden ships that passed along the coast.
After a leisurely stroll along the ramparts, there is along sweeping beach that offer grateful walk to stretch your legs.
After an unforgettable journey you return back to Marrakech arrived around 18:00pm.