Avoid the crowds and Extend Summer in Essaouira with 320 days of Sunshine

  • September, October and November are crowd free in Essaouira on Morocco’s coast
  • Combine time in the UNESCO medina, a working port and quiet beaches
  • Enjoy an ecotourism excursion including discovering Argan trees in the countryside
  • Le Jardin des Douars, a terracotta paradise is Essaouira’s leading independent hotel

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Just as the summer crowds disappear, September, October and November are the perfect months for crowd free breaks in Essaouira on Morocco’s coast. Essaouira has around 320 days of sunshine per year and this small city is home to various beaches, a UNESCO listed medina and a working port, meaning visitors have plenty to explore.

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Where did Jimi Hendrix and where does Mick Jagger holiday? Essaouira. This city is very laid-back and doesn’t show off yet it has all the charms of a city that should. Over the last few years there has been a surge in cool new openings of local independent businesses around the medina including restaurants, shops and galleries. Many are owned by young locals or Moroccans from other cities, keen to enjoy the unique vibe this city offers.

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Le Jardin des Douars is nestled in the heart of the Essaouira hills, sheltered from the winds and isolated from any noise pollution. The botanical garden setting further adds to the attraction of this hideaway. There are just 28 bedrooms in total and three luxury villas. The hotel’s facilities include two outdoor heated pools, two restaurants including a couples only restaurant, a hammam and spa and a shuttle service.

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Take the 12 minute shuttle service from Le Jardin des Douars and:

– Enjoy lunch on the beach and spend time listening to the sea and take a camel ride

– Explore the UNESCO laid-back medina and visit art galleries and of course shops

– Surf, kite surf, quad bike or play golf – ideal for beginners or the more advanced

Essaouira is home to the famous Argan trees found across forests just inland from the Atlantic coast. The Argan is a true symbol of the region surrounding Essaouira. Southwest Morocco produces this highly prized oil which is extracted from nuts and these have been used across the world in beauty products and spa treatments.

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Le Jardin des Douars partners with Ecotourisme et Randonnées, who guide guests around the countryside crossing through several douar (small traditional villages), before making their way into the forest to see Argan trees and possibly goats climbing trees, although this isn’t ideal for the trees preservation. Along the way guests visit a Berber home where they can enjoy traditional Moroccan mint tea whilst also enjoying an insight into how this part of the country runs day-to-day. The excursion ends with a visit to a cooperative for the production of Argan oil where visitors will see first-hand the meticulous work, mainly by women, who extract the precious oil.

Le Jardin des Douars is the perfect backdrop for relaxation. . Le Jardin des Douars offers a varied hammam and spa treatment list not typical of most hotels, the Argan oil used is local and organic. Treatments include the Skin exfoliation Hammam with Smimou Salt and Argan Oil.

The charm of Essaouira is that it has not been taken over by tourism, add to that the many days of sunshine and creativity across the city and Essaouira is a wonderful exotic hideaway.

www.jardindesdouars.com

B&B priced from around £140 per room, per night or £450 per villa, per night

Travel Information: easyJet fly between London Luton and Essaouira twice per week on Saturdays and Tuesdays. Essaouira airport is located 15 minutes from Le Jardin des Douars and a shuttle service is available. Marrakech is about three hours from Essaouira.