How I traveled three hours just to see the Atlantic ocean

I was in Morocco just for two days so I decided to stay one day in Marrakesh and take a trip to some other place the following day.  Moroccan travel agencies offer a great variety of one day trips from Marrakesh. I chose a trip to Essaouira. Essaouira, formerly known as Mogador, is an old town on the Atlantic coast. Atlantic ocean was the main reason why I had chosen to go there. Oceans/seas are a majestic force of nature and yet they are still capable to calm me down. I could spend hours watching them.

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The journey to Essaouira took roughly three hours. I was enjoying the views from the bus, especially over the Atlas mountains, so it didn’t seem to be a long journey at all. I was secretly hoping to see the famous tree goats of Morocco. And I indeed saw them! Another dream crossed off my list. If anyone is wondering what the goats are doing on those trees, they are eating the fruits of agran trees 🙂

Here are some pictures I took on the way to Essaouira. As you can see a moving vehicle is not the best friend of my camera 😀

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Our second stop on the journey was in Afous Argan cooperative, a place where women make argan oil products. They showed us how they produce the oil from the seeds and we could even try some of the products. I didn’t buy anything there, I found the prices of argan products in Essaouira and Marrakesh way cheaper. But it was still a very nice experience.

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The products we tried.

We arrived to Essaouira. There were seven or nine other people (I can’t remember the exact number, it was a year ago :D) with me on this trip. Everyone was in a pair except me and one girl who was also travelling alone. I asked her if we could visit the town together. This girl, Monika was her name, turned out to be a very great company and she was from Poland so I was pleased to meet my “neighbour” 🙂

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First, we went to take a stroll on the beach. There was a man selling camel rides who came to us. We weren’t interested in it at first. Then the man said he would give us a 50% discount if we would write a positive reference on his tripadvisor page. We couldn’t ignore such bargain and we said yes to the camel ride. I’m always up for anything crazy so that was a great opportunity how to experience something new and where else would I try riding a camel? There are no camels in Slovakia after all 😀

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The man took us to his camel herd. His son was supposed to be our camel rider. Our camels were called Tarzan and Chocolat. I can’t decide which moment was more difficult; to climb on the camel, to ride it or to climb down from the camel. Fortunately, our ride was only one hour long. I can’t imagine going to desert for two days and ride this animal, kudos to everyone who did that! After approximately 30 minutes I sort of accustomed to the camel’s back. The scary part came when our rider left us on a high sand dune and went down the dune. For a moment I thought Tarzan would decide to follow his master and go down 😀 But since Tarzan was a very wise animal he stood calmly where his master had left him. I have to add that our rider was a really skilled photographer. I bet he has a great practise of taking pictures of tourists on the camels.

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My camel Tarzan on the right.

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Up on the dune that scared me at first.

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After the camel ride on the beach we went to explore the town. But first I had to check out the ocean 😀 Our first impression was that Essaouira was such a calm town. Especially when you compare it to Marrakesh. We went for a lunch. I had a menu consisting of a vegetable soup, fish tajine and some desert. Tajine is a traditional moroccan dish named after a special looking pot where it is cooked.

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Of course I had to try the ocean and immerse my hand into the water.

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Me running from the waves. Good that I had such high boots because otherwise my feet would have been all wet.

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The guy on the left came to us and asked if we wanted a ride on the four wheeler. Another possibility was a horse ride. We thought that camel ride was enough for one day 😀

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The traditional tajine.

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After the lunch we didn’t have a lot of time but we still managed to do some souvenir shopping and walk around the town. I bought some colourful bowls for my relatives, extremely cheap sweets for my parents and the best mint ice cream ever for me 😀

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Charming small shops inside city walls.

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Essaouira or the city of cats, cats were everywhere.

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Heaven for people who love sweets.

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I got pistachio and mint. The mint one was probably the best ice cream I have ever had.

On our way back we stopped at a shop/restaurant/garden sort of place which was full of flowers and oranges.

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My two days in Morocco were over and I was going back to Milan (with no place to stay at, lol). I was glad that I went there but sad at the same time cause I didn’t have enough time to visit more places. Which is a good reason to come back to Morocco again but this time when the temperature will be higher than 15 degrees 😀

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