Morocco – Day 8 – Marrakech -> Essaouira (176 km)
We changed our plans on this day. We did not go to theTizi n’Tichka (2260 m) pass. We headed directly west from Marrakech. I wish I had made the decision to go up the pass alone and join the rest of the group over the ocean in the evening. Well, this place will remain on my list to visit in the future.
We left Marrakesh before 10 am in order to check in about at 1pm in Essouira. We had ridden only 176 km that day. We had the opportunity to relax, go to the beach and swim in the ocean.
The port itself was a certain challenge. I had the impression that time stopped there several centuries ago. Fishermen were selling the fish caught; rubbish was thrown out for seagulls. Unfortunately, at the end of the day the stench there was horrible and effectively hampers hunger.
There were countless famous blue boats in the port. For centuries, fishermen also probably benefited from these small compartments with a blue door, where they stored their nets, motors and other items needed to catch fish.
There was a small stall at the end of the harbour where locals and tourists could buy grilled local fish. I admit, however, that I was not brave enough to eat there and it was not about the way of cooking but the terrible stench of the harbour. Our steps directed us towards the gate of the old city to stroll and to look for good pubs.
Essaouira is very nice. I want to be objective towards the local population mainly due to the Portuguese who built a fortress and surround that still looks amazing.
Late in the evening I broke off from the group to walk through the medina where I saw an old mosque of Ben Youssef – unfortunately only from the outside – and further to the market where it is difficult to come across tourists, but for that residents do shopping. Imagine my surprise when I met Adam in the middle of the square. We bought a lot of very nice souvenirs made of wood in one of the shops (chess, dominoes, etc.).
We returned to the hotel by taxi for 20 dirhams (2 Euros).
Advice: Take a GPS with a good map on a motorcycle and for exploring. Some of you know me a little bit and have read previous reports. For those who do it for the first time, let me just mention that I always advise you to have a GPS with a good map. I would recommend OsmAnd +, which runs Android which worked very well during this trip again. In the first situation there was a failed search for a detour of flooded roads. There were not so many rarely frequented roads on the paper maps. OsmAnd had them and they were well drawn. They were well marked, but as for the metro that stony desert, when you have to turn and bounce in the other direction to find your way, trust me it can be difficult to the untrained eye. The second situation was walking into medinas. I cannot imagine that without a GPS you could easily find your way back to the square in Marrakech.