We continue our journey through sudden and violent rain showers. In the Argan Cooperative we are shown the process by which argan becomes oil for food or cosmetic purposes. After two hours of travel we will reach the gates of Essaouira. From a vantage point we do just in time to take some photos of the city before continue to Essaouira city. Arrival to Essaouira drops you in the port; we have about four hours to visit the city in total freedom. Almost all wooden fishing boats are moored in the port, probably due to the poor conditions of the Atlantic Ocean. The latter, at this time of year, is almost frightening: due to the currents it has a particular reddish color. Some fishermen are intent on cleaning the fish on the quay, maybe they went out to sea in the morning when the weather was more lenient.
Paying 10 dirhams (1) we enter the Skala du Port, the Portuguese bastion dominated by two imposing towers and flanked by four turrets and overlooking the piers. The view extends from the port to the Island of Mogador with the ancient prison, from the jagged coastline to an overview of the old city. It is a pity that an intense sea-scented smell will ruin everything. The area is invaded by seagulls. We continue our visit to the port and take some photos from a suggestive oval window between the walls overlooking the city.
After sekkala you continue on foot towards the center through Place Moulay Hassan, crowded with numerous cafes and restaurants and dominated by the clock tower. Entering the Medina you breathe a totally different atmosphere compared to Marrakech: it is pleasant to walk in peace without anybody annoyingly attracting your attention to invite you to purchase a staff or somehing. You slowly walk in search of a little place to have lunch.Pause for lunch here you will have the choice to eat in local restaurant or go back to the port to choose a fresh fish to eat. After lunch you will go back to the Medina to visit the souq, divided into four sectors reserved for the fish, spices, grains and finally the jewels market