MARRAKECH AND THE COAST (8 days/ 7 nights)
TOURS 8 Days/ 7 nights
Day 1: Marrakesh – Essaouira
After breakfast, we will set off towards the coastal village of Essaouira, formerly known as Mogador. You will be able to wander around the medina’s narrow streets and its multiple craftsmen. Essaouira, also known as the “Windy City”, draws surfers from all over the world. Essaouira has lived under many different civilizations, including the Portuguese occupation, which signs most of its architecture. However, Essaouira still is a small, but very charming, coastal village with plenty of history. Due to its size, its characteristic blue doors and its washed walls, it is also known as the “Jewel of the Atlantic”. You will be free to eat lunch wherever you want in the medina or the port, where you will be able to taste the delicious freshly caught fish and seafood. Night at the hotel.
Day 2: Essaouira – Agadir
After breakfast, we will head south to explore and discover Agadir’s beautiful beaches. We will reach a strategic location from where we will have a breathtaking panoramic view of Agadir and its bay. Free time. Drop-off at the hotel. Night at the hotel.
Day 3: Agadir – Sidi Ifni – Explore the Legzira beach
After breakfast, we will head towards Sidi Ifni, a ghost town known for its natural beauty. There are still some traces of the Spanish presence, particularly in the street names of Spanish cities and surnames, and its old Plaza España, which remain intact. Sidi Ifni is a peaceful village with kind and welcoming people, surrounded by pristine and breathtaking beaches. Afterwards, we will explore one of the most beautiful beaches in the area, the Legzira beach. You will have the rest of the day to enjoy the sun, the sea and answer the call of nature by photo shooting this beautiful landscape. We will finally head back to spend the night at Sidi Ifni. Night at the hotel.
Day 4: Sidi Ifni – Tafraout – Taroudant
After breakfast, we will head to Taroudant. Taroudant is known for its astonishing adobe ramparts, adorned with square towers. The walls, that are in an excellent state of conservation, are stunning. Large fruit gardens surround the city and the medina, the souk of which is also very lively. A large number of decorative items, jewellery, rugs, silverware and many more antiquities can be found in the souk. Night at the hotel.
Day 5: Taroudant – Taliouine – Taznakht – Ouarzazate
After breakfast, we will make our way towards Taliouine, located on the slopes of the Jbel Sirwa Mountain.
This town is an administrative and local trade centre, considered to be the largest saffron production centre in Morocco. It is also famous for its oregano production, its crafts made from stone and its honey. Our next stop will be Taznakht. It is a handicraft centre that produces Berber rugs from the High Atlas Mountains, the so-called “Ouaouzguite” Berber rugs, also known as “Ouzguiti” or “Glaoui” rugs. This is the most admired and the top-selling rug produced in this handicraft centre. This rug owes its success to the artisans’ work, and more specifically, to women, wool, beautiful colours (red, black, blue, yellow and orange) and geometric patterns.
This town has many souks that sell and distribute these rugs all over the country. These souks are very important for the local economy because of the rugs’ national and international reputation. The Berber rugs from the High Atlas Mountains normally have a yellow or orange background colour. The red colour is only used for decoration. The white colour is used to isolate and emphasize the patterns.
Saffron is used to obtain the orange dye. In addition, the other dyes used in the Berber rugs are of vegetable or natural origin, which makes them last longer. Arrival in Ouarzazate. Night at the hotel.
Day 6: Ouarzazate – Ait Benhaddou Kasbah – High Atlas Mountains – Marrakesh
After breakfast, we will resume our journey to Ait Benhaddou, where we will visit its world-famous kasbah, declared a World Heritage Site in 1986 by UNESCO. Some world-famous films and TV series, such as Gladiator, Asterix and Obelix, The Mummy, The Jewel of the Nile or Game of Thrones, have been shot at this studio. We will continue our trip to Marrakesh after visiting the kasbah. We will drive through the Tizi n’Tichka mountain pass, which stands at an altitude of 2 260 m, the highest point of the country. Throughout the trip, we will enjoy breathtaking scenery, and we will make several quick stops to take some pictures of the Berber villages that can be spotted in between the bends. We will arrive to Marrakesh in the afternoon. Drop-off at the hotel. Free time. Night at the hotel.
Day 7: Full day in Marrakesh
After breakfast, you will have a guided tour around Marrakesh, where you will discover many places of historical and cultural interest, including Koutoubia Mosque’s minaret, the Saadian Tombs, the astonishing Bahia Palace, and the Ben Youssef Madrasa, a Koranic school. At last, you will be able to wander around the medina’s labyrinth-like narrow streets. Here, you will have the opportunity to witness the multiple artisans working on their masterpieces, right before reaching the famous Jemma el-Fnaa Square. After eating lunch on your own, we will visit the Majorelle Garden, and make a quick visit around the Gueliz district, the new part of the city. After eating dinner on your own, we strongly recommend you to walk around the Jemma el-Fnaa Square. You will be able to enjoy its beauty at night, as well as its magicians, storytellers, tooth pullers, and food vendors. Night at the hotel.
Day 8: Marrakesh – Marrakesh Menara airport
Free time to explore and discover the city until the agreed time for your transfer to the airport. Airport drop-off. End of our services.
The price includes
- Airport or hotel transfers in Marrakech
- Private transport with A/C
- English-speaking driver/guide at your service during the whole trip
- Accommodation type: bed & breakfast, except in Ouarzazate
- Official guide in Marrakesh
- Dinners, except those in Ouarzazate
- Start of the trip: Marrakech
- End of the trip: Marrakech
- Accommodation in charming hotels with private room and bathroom