An Incentive City Break in Essaouira

From Orson Wells to Game of Thrones !

Registered on the UNESCO world heritage list, Essaouira appears like a mirage suspended between sky and sea at the end of a long beach of very fine sand. Cosmopolitan and international city, already known under the Roman Empire for the extraction of the purple senators’ toga, Essaouira was conquered by the Muslims in the tenth century, invaded by the Portuguese in the sixteenth century, but they will remain there only 4 years, pushed back by the resistance of local populations.

The construction of the current city is due to Sultan Mohammed Ben Abdellah from 1760 and the remparts were built by a student of Vauban – Theodore Cornut – then prisoner of the Sultan. Charming and authentic place to visit in all seasons, the city is characterized by an exceptionally temperate climate that allows swimming even in winter ! Interesting Medina, made of narrow streets, blue doors and limed house, alternating with shops and craftsmen’s workshops – woodworking and marquetry in particular.

Our 4 days sample programme can be used as it is, or fully customized to your client’s wishes, just get in touch for a quote.

Our Sample Programme

  • DAY 1

    Arrival in Essaouira Mogador International airport, then private transfer to your hotel or riad (according to group size). According to arrival schedule, spend some time at leisure or plan some activities, then dinner and overnight accommodation.

  • DAY 2

    After breakfast, departure in small groups for the visit of Essaouira, its medina and its remparts, where still remember Jimi Hendrix, Orson Wells and Game of Thrones.
    Admire the work of marquetry which is the specialty of Essaouira, visit an Art Gallery which exposes the naive painters who made the reputation of the city, or discover the history and crafts of Essaouira at the Mohammed Ben Abdellah Museum.
    Lunch on the beach and in the afternoon, depending on the weather:

    • Surf initiation: Essaouira is a spot known by surfers and waves are accessible even for beginners.
    • Quad ride towards Cap Sim and crossing the village of Diabat. The circuit is by the beach and gives the opportunity to climb the bordering dunes.
  • DAY 3

    After breakfast, departure in chauffeured 4X4 for a day in Essaouira countryside.
    The arid landscape is unique and it is the opportunity to discover a unique tree, with a thousand virtues, the argan tree, which provides the famous argan oil used both in cosmetics and cooking.
    Lunch and wine tasting at Val d’Argan winery, domaine created more than 20 years ago by Charles Mélia, a Burgundian winemaker, who has managed in two decades his bet on the creation of this Moroccan vineyard, which now produces a fine selection of high quality white and red wines, served on the best Moroccan tables.
    After lunch, further discovery of the hinterland.
    At the end of the day, return to the hotel and free time. In the evening, transfer for a farewell dinner in a nice restaurant in the Medina and overnight at your hotel.

  • DAY 4

    After breakfast, according to departure schedule, spend some time at leisure or plan some activities, then private transfer to Essaouira Airport for your departure flight.

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