Essaouria is a fun-
Visit this sea-
En route to Essaouira stop at an Argan Cooperative to see how women make Argan Oil, Nut Butter and cometics from the Argan nut. Option to continue directly to Essaouira or visit a local winery for a wine and cheese tasting. Enjoy the local wines produced in the region of Essaouira. ► The medina of Essaouira (formerly “Mogador”) is a UNESCO World Heritage listed city, as an example of a late-
► Have lunch at the fish-
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OPTION: ESSAOUIRA JEWISH HERITAGE TOUR
Tour Essaouira’s JewishHeritage Sites:
Jewish Essaouira –
Jacky Kadoch is the president of Essaouira’s Jewish community. Rabbi Chaim Pinto, the synagogue of the revered Pinto is located in Essaouira’s medina within the Jewish Mellah. The building is an active synagogue, used when pilgrims or Jewish tour groups visit the city.
Tour the Essaouira Jewish Cemetery:
Essaouira was founded in 1765. The oldest tombs date from 1776. Contrary to Jewish tradition and Mosaic Law, the tombs are sculptured with very marked human forms. The marble, granite, and sandstone memorial markers are rough stones or boulders, flat, shaped stones, finely smoothed and inscribed stones, and mausoleums. Some have traces of painting on their surfaces. Inscriptions are in Hebrew and French. The local Jewish community owns the site. The sea is adjacent to the cemetery.
Tour Essaouira’s Jewish Mellah:
Essaouira’s mellah covers over 10 percent of the town, but Jews constituted almost 40 percent of the population in the late 1880’s. Jewish stars on the doors to the mellah show the degree to which Jews were accepted in Essaouira, to the point that some of the richer Jews did not even live in the mellah. Commemorative plaques indicate the buildings in which synagogues were located.
- English speaking driver
- Hotel / Riad pickup and drop-off
- All transportation
- Typical Lunch at a local Berber family house
- Guided excursion in Atlas mountains
- Travel insurance
- Soft drinks
- Tips and personal expanses
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