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Beach and desert: from Essaouira to the western Sahara NEW!

15 Days fascinating route full of contrasts and variety of landscapes and traditions. From the spacious beach paradise of surfers through the pristine beaches and cliffs to reach the desert of Western Sahara. Places which will bring part of the history of Spain and we find different ways of living that will not leave us indifferent.

The trip will be in 4x4 or minibus and length of trip can vary depending on your interests. As with all our routes, there is always complete flexibility to adapt the routes to the desire of the traveler.

DAY 1: AIRPORT - MARRAKECH

Airport pickup and transfer to hotel or riad. Free day in Marrakech (optional tour), famous for its Jemaa el Fna, which will occupy much of our time: an amalgam of aromas, sounds and sensations unique. The city also has plenty of places you wander and enjoy: Majorelle Gardens, the Menara, Tombs Saadianas, walks or the mellah medina (the old Jewish quarter), the route of the walls, the modern city (Gueliz) with Western lifestyles. Accommodation as selected hotel category.

DAY 2: MARRAKECH - ESSAOUIRA

After breakfast begins at 4x4 or minibus route from Marrakech to Essaouira. During the trip to Essaouira we see the vast stretches of the Argan tree, the only enclave in the world where you are and whose fruit is as appreciated as much for food and for cosmetics. A brief on the way to a cooperative of Argan for the process of production of argan oil and the diversity of products produced from the fruit of the Argan tree. Arrival Essouira (formerly Mogador, Windy City) and transfer to hotel in the medina. Afternoon free to explore the medina of this fortified town full of poetry and art. Enough to stroll around the medina, protected by its walls, which are called Scala and watch the charming harbor full of light and hovering gulls, enjoying the arrival of the fishing boats and enjoying the fish in any of their restaurants. In June is also the famous festival of Gnawa music. Accommodation in the medina.

DAY 3: ESSAOUIRA - ESSAOUIRA

Visit the small town of Diabat, where you can make a horse ride along the beach (optional). Essaouira offers many possibilities for outdoor activities such as kite surfing, horseback riding through the dunes and the beach or riding quads. In the afternoon visit by boat to the island of Mogador, actually formed by two islands and several islets, these islands were known by the name "Purple Islands" as they were used for dye production by Phoenicians and Romans. Are now abandoned and a huge fort, mosque and a prison recall what it was centuries ago. Now constitute a nature reserve and hawks can always visit than during the breeding season. Accommodation in the medina.

DAY 4: ESSAOUIRA - AGADIR

After breakfast we continue our journey south along the Atlantic coast, up to one of the newest coastal cities and major Atlantic as Agadir, a modern tourist center full of vitality. It was founded by the Portuguese about 1500 and in 1960 an earthquake destroyed the city, which had to be rebuilt completely. In Agadir we speak a Berber language called Tachelhit (Tassousite) and contributes significantly to the recovery of the Amazigh or Berber culture. Agadir enjoys early July Timitar Festival with performances by groups of Amazigh culture. Free day to explore the city and enjoy its beaches, the largest in Morocco. Overnight in accommodation as selected category.

DAY 5: AGADIR - SOUS MASSA NATIONAL PARK - TIZNIT

After breakfast, continue the journey to discover the coast and National Park Souss-Massa, of cliffs, dunes, farmland, coastal steppes and forests, reaching Aglou Beach, 14 km from Tiznit, in order to rest. This coastal tourist services has grown in recent years because of its proximity to the capital of the province. Overnight in Tiznit, which looks like a traditional village walls with 56 towers and five historic doors, divided by neighborhoods whose names correspond to the families of origin: Id Ougfa, Ait Mohamed, Id and Id Zkri Dalh. Visit the ancient medina of great cultural interest, the great mosque in the architectural style of Mali., Lalla Tiznit source, the square and Mechour Mellah. Overnight in accommodation as selected category.
After visiting we headed Tiznit Sidi even some tourist guides warn of the possibility of walking on the road to find the odd crab

DAY 6: TIZNIT - SIDI IFNI

We will continue our long journey towards Sidi Ifni, the road along the coast, completely untouched, while discovering these new landscapes and small towns like Mirleft. It is a perfect place for a stopover on the way, thanks to its six beautiful beaches. After the break restart the route to reach the mysterious city of Sidi Ifni, capital of the former Spanish territory of Ifni, a vestige of Spanish imperial ambitions completed in 1969. In the square in Sidi Ifni Spain curiously remain vestiges of stay in the place of the Spanish army, so a memorial stone in that it now contains the names of Moroccan soldiers who replaced the names of Spanish soldiers in the streets plates that still retain the name of a general. Being in Sidi Ifni, sharing with the locals, eating fish just arrived in port, walk around the old plaza of Spain and its adjacent streets, recovering a Spain of the 50 that appears without fear in their cafes and bars, is one of the best pleasures of travel
This city enjoys a special microclimate, rather milder than in the hot interior of the territory. From Sidi Ifni make an excursion 10 km north Legzira Bay, known for its spectacular natural stone arches. Sidi Ifni night accommodation as selected category.

DAY 7: SIDI IFNI - TAN TAN

The next day go into the lands of the Western Sahara desert .... a way, to find the town of Tan Tan and the beach. to finally discover the wide white beach, but to reach our destiny we must make the journey Guelmim the road visiting the Berber village of mestizos and Abainou and then travel 125 km of highway through the desert plain, stony gap between Guelmim and Tan Tan (city that was part of Moroccan territory occupied by Spain and delivered in 1958) and spend the night. In Tan Tan beach can enjoy a beautiful sunset, watching the arrival of the fishing boats and even have the chance to see how far the Canary Islands if time permits.

DAY 8: TAN TAN - TARFAYA

Due to land Saharawi long road, desert dunes loose, steep cliffs, crashing waves with great force and fishing cabins up to sidi Akhfennir and stop on the lagoon Naila, from the shelter known as the Italian (" The Argent Courbin). Nature reserve, where the sea enters the land, desert, dunes, with spectacular flora and fauna where one can walk in small boats driven by Saharan and fishing. Among the water we contemplate what is left of a small fort built by the British and which is within walking distance in times of low tide, Tarfaya. Saint-Exupéry Tarfaya was defined as "aviator and explorer ambassador." Here he wrote his first novel, "Southern Mail" and have their moments of solitude and reflection in the desert helped him to write his most famous work, although most are away from your profession of pilot, "The Prince". Visit the monument that was erected in his memory and the museum that bears his name and tells the story of his life and air mail.

DAY 9: TARFAYA - LAAUOUNE

We keep going to El Aaiun, where we will visit the plaza Mechouar, old Spanish houses known as "eggs Alonso" for their characteristic shape of an egg, visit the old Spanish inn, neighborhood Mauritania, Spanish cathedral, gardens with colline des oiseaux cages of exotic birds, lakes with many birds and diversion to the beach where there are numerous sand dunes and no possibility of spending the night in tents under a spectacular sky of stars or in one of the bungalows near the sea, turning into the road Haguniya along a coastal road truly Saharan Africa.

DAY 10: LAAYOUNE - SMARA

After breakfast depart for Samara, 250 km holy city of Laayoune and spectacular lunar road, a long way to meet it, even if only illusory form, the warm sand of the desert, with its smoothness and harshness that prevents any form of life, with water that incites and provokes the emergence of some living and settlement of people who willingly or feel nomadic origin. Is the true harshness of the desert, far from all, the discovery of the difficulty of living, unlike anything.

DAY 11: SMARA - TAN TAN

Way back to Tan Tan, but then follow a different route to Marrakech, the anti Atlas, a beautiful and interesting way, especially for landscapes and Berber villages found along the same week in Tan Tan

DAY 12: TAN TAN - TAFRAOUT

We said goodbye to the enigmatic Atlantic coast to delve into the territory, we will again for Goulmima City, the ancient gate of the Sahara. Follow the path inward to the small town surrounded by huge boulders Tafraoute and cloistered in the enchanting valley of Ameln. The scenic beauty and landscape diversity amazes us with olive groves and almond trees, dry land and mountains of pink granite.
Tafraoute offers visitors a picturesque landscape of bizarre beauty. This city is even more beautiful and fascinating in the month of February for flowering almond crop, natural beauty magic show created by the play of light and flowers.

DAY 13: TAFRAUT - TAROUDANT

Leaving behind the city of Tafraut towards the small and charming town of Taroudant, Marrakech called the small, full of grace and one hour from Agadir. Taroudant with its beautiful golden pink its high walls make it look like a mixture of an oasis and a fortress, is perfectly located under the watchful eyes of the snowy peaks of the Atlas to the north and south. The vast views towards the mountain range is one of the attractions that people come to enjoy. The city is very painterly, with its old houses, surrounded by a colorful greenery and fantastic views. The bazaar in this city is not very large but offers a wide range of traditional crafts native to the area.

DAY 14: TAROUDANT - TIZI N'TAST - MARRAKECH

Early departure to Marrakech through the High Atlas via the Tizi n'Taste (2,200 m.), Ourirgane valley and the Berber village of Asni. Overnight at hotel or riad in Marrakech by category of accommodation selected.

DAY 15: MARRAKECH - AIRPORT.

Breakfast and transfer to airport according to flight schedule.

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