14.03.2010 - 14.03.2010
The other day when we were walking in the square we happened to come across a tour company down the alleyway next to Cafe France (have to walk up about 5 mins) which was attached to a Riad. We noticed the trip to Essaouira and figured this would be good to do as the monuments in Marrakech would be closed on a Sunday. The price was about £25 per person excluding guide and lunch which didn't really matter as could wander round ourselves and get our own lunch.
Essaouira is a coastal town about 110 miles west of Marrakech.
We left at 8 am and picked up another couple before making our way to Essaouira. It was a nice drive through the countryside. Stops were made for photos. We could see many Argan trees along the way. The oil is extracted from the 'fruit' to make creams, oil for cooking, oils for cosmetic purposes etc.
A stop was made at a Women's co-operative where they showed us the procedure of extraction. Everything is done by hand by the local women. It was interesting to see and it looks like a lot of hard work!!
After this we carried on to Essaouira and arrived at around midday. It was pretty breezy but hot. You could see a lot of kite surfers. Moroccon people go there in the height of their Summer to escape the intense heat of the cities.
It's a sleepy town with a harbour and medina with many stalls which we weren't anticipating.
We walked through alleyways which led to smaller squares which led to other alleyways. It was like a maze.
We had lunch in a restaurant recommended by the New York Times which we stumbled across by accident. We had a 3 course lunch for 95 dirahms. The fish is fresh as they catch it from the sea. The lunch was delicious.
After lunch we wandered around some more and relaxed by the sea until it was time to go back at 4pm. we arrived back at the hotel at 8pm.
It was a long journey there and back but was very enjoyable. The driver was excellent and he also told us stuff along the way.