Marrakech & The Deep South
22nd – 29th November 2018
Image : Jemaa el-Fnaa, Marrakech
Flying into Marrakech, we spend three days in this incomparable city and then drive west on the fine new road to Essaouira, Morocco’s most beautiful sea-side medina. Our route then take us due south, through the famous resort of Agadir and on to the erstwhile Spanish enclave of Ifni.
The tour therefore contains one of the world’s greatest historic cities, a lovely Portuguese built fishing-port; much of Morocco’s stunning Atlantic coast and an extraordinary 1920’s town caught in a time-warp on the edge of the Sahara. We fly back from Agadir.
DAY 1 : Flying into Marrakech, we drive the very short distance to our home for the first three nights, the charming and very comfortable Riad Amira Victoria, in the very heart of the Medina. This is a beautiful place where the food is some of the best in Marrakech.
DAY 2 & 3 : During our two full days in the city our visits include all the major monuments and museums including the Ben Youssef Mosque and Madrasa, the stunning Bahia Palace and the Royal Tombs of the Saadian dynasty. A particular highlight is lunch in the gardens designed by the artists Jacques Majorelle and famously owned by Yves Saint Laurent. We shall naturally spend some time in the unique Jemaa El F’na square. Above all Marrakech is a city for gentle exploration. Its atmosphere, colours, noise and smells create an unforgettable experience for the senses. Just step outside our hotel, and you will be transported to another world.
DAYS 4 & 5 : On the morning of Day 4 we set off for the coast, (no more than two-and-a-half hours on the new highway). Our destination is Essaouira, known until recently as Mogador (which even gave its name to a Parisian theatre!). Fortified by the Portuguese, Essaouira is one of the loveliest towns in Morocco. Its harbour, its ancient Medina and its wild coastal location give it a very special flavour. Talking of which the quality of its seafood is legendary. Our home is a homely and atmospheric riad.
DAYS 6 & 7 : Two hours or so south of Essaouira, is the resort of Agadir. Destroyed entirely by a catastrophic earthquake in 1962, Agadir is now the country’s most famous holiday destination. We stop briefly; just long enough to enjoy some of the wonderful fish the coast is renowned for. Our final goal is the city of Sidi Ifni. This extraordinary place was, for many years, a Spanish enclave while Spain controlled the south of Morocco and part of the Sahara. It has many 1920’s Art Nouveau houses and has recently enjoyed an ongoing period of restoration. It is an atmospheric and historic place, on the edge of the Sahara, and gives a remarkable insight into a forgotten era. Our hotel is the excellent Bellevue whose cliff-top location is perfect for savouring the essence of this unique place.
DAY 8 : Our return flight leaves from Agadir.
Tour dates : 22nd – 29th November 2018
Number of days : 8
Price : £2275 (per person based on 2 sharing a twin or double room)
Single supplement : £225
Fully inclusive : Flights, transfers, accommodation and meals are all included.
Number in party : 12-16
Hotel : Riad Dar Fondouk, Riad Perle d’eau, Les Trois Chameaux.