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Departure from Marrakech in the morning at about 9:00. We pass interesting sights, like goats on trees. Photo stops can be made at any time. Arrived in Essaouira (after about 2 hours) you will first move into your accommodation (probably a riad in the old medina). The afternoon and evening are at your leisure.

If you let your eyes wander over the sea on the old Portuguese fortress, you will discover them: The Purple Islands. These islets, off the coast of the small harbor town of Essaouira, or formerly Mogador, got their name because the Phoenicians used to extract the precious dye purple from sea snails here, which was reserved for kings and nobles.

Colors still play a role in this small artist town and its many, sometimes hidden art museums, which is also famous for its music scene and the annual Gnawa music festival.

If you still have room in your luggage, you should buy one of the beautiful wooden works made of thuja and lemon tree. And don't miss the morning local fish market. Would you like to try a freshly caught oyster? Or have a fish you've never seen before prepared on the spot? The variety is indescribable. Of course, a walk on the miles of wide sandy beach is a must. We take you there, to this picturesque little town: Africa North Journeys.

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