What is the magic of Essaouira due to? Is it its surprising European architecture or its admirably well-kept ramparts? Discovering the harbour. The porte de la Marine is a beautiful neo-classic building (1769), more decorative than defensive actually in spite of its two bartizans. Two fluted columns support a pediment under which three moon crescents are engraved. These crescents are the symbol of sultan Mohammed Ben Abdallah.
After a little staircase at the right of the harbour, a nice fortified bridge leads to the harbour skala through a large square tower. On top of the tower, the panoramic view embraces the medina, the harbour, the skala and also spray-soaked Diabat and the isle of Mogador.
You never get tired of watching the sea-gulls being carried by the trade winds and flying to and fro across the sky before alighting for a while on one of the four bartizans. Just hang around and wait for the fishing boats to sail back to the harbour. Beneath the tower you’ll find the long battlemented esplanade where a dozen bronze guns are on display, aiming at the sea; it ends up at a roundabout which has been designed to operate heavy pieces of ordnance. Would you like to know more about the history of Essaouira? We holds a guide at your disposal to tell you more about it. The ramparts: the very narrow Skala street, running along the inner part of the rampart, is lined with high white frontages with blue windows; a few covered lanes appear on your right before you reach the skala of the town.
The medina: Essaouira is the only medina in Morocco to have an octogonal design with unusually broad and perfectly rectilinear thoroughfares. The main axis, orientated to the north-east, is composed of Avenues Oqba Ibn Nafiaa and Mohammed ben Abdallah, which cut at right angles with streets El-Attarine and Mohammed El-Qory. Within each of these blocks, the strictness of this pattern is tempered by the Eastern mystery of the winding lanes and blind alleys. Behind the austere stateliness of the white frontages, the curious visitor will discover the colourful bustle of a mysterious life.
|Duration||1 day (12 hours)||Tour Starts||Marrakech|
|Group Size||From 2 to 6||Tour Ends||Marrakech|
|Trip Type||Day Trip Explorer||Prices From||40€ pp|
|Operating Season||All Year Round||Departures||Daily|
Prices, Departures & Essential Booking Information
|40€ per person (based on 4 to 6 travellers)
55€ per person (based on 3 travellers)
75€ per person (based on 2 travellers)
|Included||Pick-up/drop-off at nearest parking to your Marrakech accommodation; travel in style in air-conditioned private vehicle with professional driver; English-speaking guide on arrival in Essaouira for short tour of medina.|
|Excluded||Lunch, drinks, entrance fees, tips and items of a personal nature.|
|Booking Deposit||15% (non refundable deposit)|
|Balance of Payment||on arrival in Marrakech|
|Price Validity||01 Jan 2016 to 31 Dec 2017|
|Departures||This day trip departs daily throughout the year and is subject to availability.|