Essaouira Day Trip from Marrakech
This drive will be something to remember. You’ll see camels and sheep grazing, and unique to this region are the infamous tree-climbing goats, munching on their favorite leaves. Your eyes won’t believe it as they navigate each branch of the Argan tree, taking them higher and higher. It is just amazing and funny! Be aware that some Moroccan herders stage the goats in the trees, and will want money from you, so just speak with your driver, he’ll lead you in the right direction. We can stop at an all-women cooperative selling Argan products such as oil, soaps, creams, moisturizers..etc. Argan oil is now increasingly used to replace olive oil with its rich and sweet nutty flavor and to top salads and tajines. More and more research is claiming it can be a useful tool that may help reduce cholesterol and prevent arteriosclerosis. The Amazigh women are way ahead of their time, having used Argan Oil for centuries. With its high content of vitamin E, it is great for the skin as an anti-wrinkle cream, for shampoo, and a moisturizer. It is also used for some skin conditions and heating oil.
Lastly, if you do nothing else, pick up a jar or “Amlou”. This combination of the oil, almonds, and honey is a delicacy, a fancier version of peanut butter, and it’s delicious.
Excursion to Essaouira From Marrakech – Day Trip To Essaouira
What is there to say about Essaouira. Like so many west coast towns it is laid back and artsy, with a funky atmosphere where you can hang out and watch the world go by. You can walk over to the Port where the local fisherman returns with their catch of the day, this would be the place to have grilled fish and seafood for lunch. You will be free to walk around the easily navigable Medina, grab a drink in the lovely cafés, and shop in the unique little shops where you will find things unlike anything else in Morocco. Take a walk to the 18th-century fortifications (a Unesco World Heritage Site) and watch the ocean smash into its ramparts. Visit all the local artisans under the arches. The beach can be reached in just a few minutes.
After a full day, we will make our way back to Marrakech.
Essaouira, also known as Mogador, is an old fort and fishing port located two hours outside of Marrakech and is one of the most popular day trips from the busy and bustling city. Highlights of a full-day excursion from Marrakech to Essaouira include: Your day trip from Marrakech to Essaouira will begin with a drive along the Haouz planes to Chichaoua village, where you will stop for a cup of coffee before continuing to Sidi Mokhtar. You’ll pass through an Argan tree forest along the way, and you might see some goats climbing the trees. You can visit a local ladies’ cooperative to see how Argan oil (also known as liquid gold or Moroccan oil) is extracted and learn how some fine cosmetic products are made locally.